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Support for Labour Party at all time low

SUPPORT for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Labour party has slumped to its lowest level since opinion polls began after embarrassing revelations over parliamentarians' expenses.

A BPIX poll for the Mail on Sunday newspaper gave Labour 23 percent, with the Conservatives on 45, enough to give the main opposition party a landslide victory if repeated at a parliamentary election due by mid-2010.

The paper said the survey showed that, for the first time, a majority of voters - 52 percent - believe Brown should stand down. The results were the worst for Labour since 1943.

A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times put Labour's support at 27 percent - 16 points behind the Conservatives and seven points down from last month.

Brown's center-left government has been weakened by a deluge of negative headlines. A row over MPs' expenses has been particularly damaging when voters are tightening their belts as recession grips Britain.

The government is under fire for its handling of the financial crisis, and its standing has also been damaged by scurrilous e-mails sent by one of Brown's staff and an embarrassing parliamentary defeat on the rights of former Nepalese Gurkha soldiers to settle in Britain.

On Friday, the Daily Telegraph began publishing leaks about Labour MPs' expense claims that have tarnished the reputations of ministers.

Labour faces local and European elections on June 4 and a bad performance is likely to reignite speculation about whether Brown should lead the party into the parliamentary election.


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