Britain's coalition partners fight in last poll race

27th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Britain's ruling coalition partners went head-to-head again Thursday in a last poll race left over from May 6 ballots, which produced their historic power-sharing government.

Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party is fighting to keep out its junior coalition ally the Liberal Democrats in the northern English constituency of Thirsk and Malton.

Cameron and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg have struck a close bond in national power, Britain's first coalition government since World War II, after the Tories won most votes on May 6 but failed to get an absolute majority.

But their parties' candidates have fought a no-holds-barred campaign in Thirsk, delayed because a candidate died.

The Lib Dems' Howard Keal accused his Conservative rival Anne McIntosh of being "completely outrageous" by telling voters he advocates Britain joining the eurozone, a controversial Lib Dem pledge dropped in the coalition deal.

The Tory candidate in the northern English constituency of Thirsk and Malton was widely expected to retain the seat, which will complete the 650-member House of Commons.

Results of the election are expected to be announced in the early hours of Friday.

© 2010 AFP

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