Labour heads for its worst election defeat in 92 yrs: Poll
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Last Updated: Saturday, May 01, 2010, 23:28
London: Britain's ruling Labour party on Saturday seemed to be heading for its worst election defeat in 92 years as the prime minister admitted that he has paid a very "heavy price" for his 'bigoted' outburst against an elderly widow, even as two top newspapers withdrew their support to him.

Days before the general election on May 6, a Daily Mail poll revealed Labour support has crashed to 24 per cent following Prime Minister Gordon Brown's 'bigot' gaffe and his lacklustre performance in the final TV debate.

But it provided cold comfort for Conservative leader David Cameron - putting his party on 33 per cent, just one ahead of the Liberal democrats.

The findings suggest Britain is firmly on course for a hung Parliament - even though a majority of voters believe that outcome will be bad for the country and the economy.

Meanwhile, Brown admitted that Wednesday's encounter with 68-year-old Gillian Duffy had damaged him.

"I have personally paid this heavy price for a mistake that I made," he told the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

"Sometimes you say things in the heat of the moment, sometimes you pay a very heavy price for those things. Sometimes you say things you greatly regret. And I have paid a very high price for it," he said.

In a TV interview, Brown had to explain away his remark by saying he had mistakenly linked her concerns about immigration with those about university tuition fees for her grandchildren.

Brown suffered a further blow to his election hopes as two major newspapers withdrew their support for Labour party.

Guardian stated that it would support Lib Dems and The Times would back Tories. The Daily Telegraph, The Sun and several other newspapers are already campaigning on behalf of the Conservatives.

Brown dismissed them switching their endorsements away from Labour as irrelevant and declared he would ramp up campaigning with just five days left to turn the General Election around.


First Published: Saturday, May 01, 2010, 23:28

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