Tony Blair calls UK general election for 5 May

5th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

5 April 2005, LONDON-British prime minister Tony Blair has announced the date of the UK election as 5 May.

5 April 2005

LONDON-British prime minister Tony Blair has announced the date of the UK election as 5 May.

Blair announced the election date, after a visit to see the Queen at Buckingham Palace to ask her permission to dissolve parliament.

The election date comes as no surprise and had been predicted for months.

The hundreds of thousands of British who live in Spain and who are eligible to vote should have registered by 11 March for a postal or proxy vote.

Blair is now expected to dissolve parliament on Monday and the general election campaign will then officially be underway.

However, electioneering has already been going on in Britain for some weeks as the wide-expected election date drew closer.

In a poll released on Tuesday, the main opposition Conservative Party showed it had closed the gap with the ruling Labour Party.

In a poll published in the British daily The Times, Labour had a lead of just two points over the Tories, compared with a lead of seven points in a poll carried out in March.

Labour were said to have 37 percent of support, compared with 35 percent for the Tories.

The third-place Liberal Democrats, had 19 percent of the vote, according to the poll.

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