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Britain`s Tories beat coalition partners in last poll race

Britain`s Conservatives won a final poll race left over from the May 6 ballots, results showed today, triumphing over their power-sharing partners the Liberal Democrats.



London: Britain`s Conservatives won a final
poll race left over from the May 6 ballots, results showed
today, triumphing over their power-sharing partners the
Liberal Democrats.

But the Lib Dems were celebrating too after coming in
second, ahead of the third-placed Labour party, which received
much weaker supporter than expected in yesterday`s vote.

The result in the northern English constituency of Thirsk
and Malton amounted to a show of support for the new
coalition, led by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.
Conservative candidate Anne McIntosh, who had been widely
expected to triumph, won the seat with a large majority,
taking the party`s number of seats in the House of Commons to
307.

Lib Dem Howard Keal came second and Labour candidate,
Jonathan Roberts, was pushed into third place, in a vote that
completed the 650-member House of Commons.

Labour was ousted from power at the May 6 general
election after 13 years of running the country.

Cameron and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, deputy permier,
have struck a close bond in national power. They formed
Britain`s first coalition government since World War II when
the Tories won most seats but failed to win an outright
majority at the general election. But their parties`
candidates fought a no-holds-barred campaign in Thirsk,
delayed because a candidate died.

Keal accused his Conservative rival of being "completely
outrageous" by telling voters he advocated Britain joining the
eurozone, a controversial Lib Dem pledge dropped in the
coalition deal.

PTI

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