British opposition Labour in lead after spending cuts: poll

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Britain's main opposition Labour party has taken a lead over the Conservatives, the senior partner in the coalition government, after the announcement of deep spending cuts, a poll showed Tuesday.

The survey by pollster ComRes in The Independent newspaper put the Conservatives, the party of Prime Minister David Cameron, on 35 percent, behind Labour which was on 37 percent.

It represents a sharp drop in the Tories' popularity since they took the axe to government spending earlier this month: a similar poll before the cuts were unveiled put the party five points higher and ahead of Labour.

It is also the first time a survey by ComRes has put Labour, ousted in May after 13 years in power, in the lead since 2007.

George Osborne, finance minister in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition, unveiled the deepest spending cuts Britain has seen for decades on October 20.

They are set to cost almost half a million jobs, slash government budgets by around a fifth and dramatically cut the welfare state.

ComRes surveyed 1,000 British adults on 29 and 30 October for the poll.

© 2010 AFP

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