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Labour to return to power despite by-poll losses: Lord Paul

Last Updated: Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 11:06

London: Notwithstanding a string of by-poll losses and adverse opinion polls, Britain’s ruling Labour under the leadership of Premier Gordon Brown will return to power in next year`s general elections, according to leading NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul, a strong supporter of the party.
"If you see the opinion polls which were there with (Conservative Prime Minister) John Major, six months before elections in 1992, everybody had written him off. But he won.
So one has to wait for those three weeks of campaign after elections are declared," Lord Paul, a close friend of Gordon Brown, said.

The general elections in Britain are scheduled to take place in May next year.

Asked about the fate of the `Non-Domicile` bill which prohibits such people from contributing to party funds, Lord Paul, a non-domicile for tax purposes, said "one has to wait to see what is in the final bill and I`ll do whatever is in accordance with the law."

"My position is very clear. I support the Labour party and I will continue to support if the law allows me. However, irrespective of the fact whether I can support with money, I am a well-wisher and strong supporter of Labour party and its Prime Minister," Lord Paul said.

Asked to comment on the bleak prospects being forecast in opinion polls for the Labour party in the next general elections, Lord Paul said, "First of all, opinion polls at the moment are showing the Conservatives will win. But those are based on what is being talked about within Labour party and the opposition parties (are) trying to put the spin because they want to win.”

"The opposition parties have the benefit of not having to declare policies what they will do if they are in the government till the elections are announced. So at that time, people will start knowing whether they have an idea how to reduce deficit. It is all easy to say we will cut down expenditure, but on what? Whether people like it or not?"

"If you cut expenditure on education and health etc people will not like it. So in Britain, especially those three weeks of campaign after declaration of elections which really decides the mind of the people. To go by what is being spoken today really does not have a meaning," Lord Paul said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 11:06
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