British PM's party in poll boost

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British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives received a boost Saturday as a poll suggested the opposition Labour Party had not gained ground following its election of a new leader.

The ComRes survey in The Independent newspaper will be welcome news for the centre-right party going into their annual conference, in Birmingham, central England, which opens Sunday.

The poll put the Conservative Party up two points on 39 percent, Labour up one on 36 percent and the Liberal Democrats unchanged at 15 percent.

Labour were ousted from office after 13 years in power in the May general election. The Conservatives govern in coalition with junior partners the Lib Dems.

Ed Miliband was elected Labour leader on Saturday, edging out his brother David by a narrow margin. The party's five-day annual conference in Manchester, northwest England, closed on Thursday.

A YouGov poll out Tuesday put Labour ahead for the first time in three years. The centre-left party were on 40 percent, the Conservatives on 39 percent and the Lib Dems on 12 percent.

Cameron will try to reassure Britons over the worst cuts in decades and counter the threat from a resurgent opposition at the Conservative conference.

Although Birmingham is the first conference for Cameron's Conservatives since they took power, the premier is likely to be in no mood for celebrating.

The coalition is facing a round of deep spending cuts in a bid to rein in Britain's record deficit.

ComRes interviewed 2,035 adults between Wednesday and Friday.

© 2010 AFP

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