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Great Britain's three main political parties made a big effort to revamp their Internet operations in time for the 2005 campaign
Great Britain's three main political parties made a big effort to revamp their Internet operations in time for the 2005 campaign ... not that it will make a single bit of difference in how the elections turn out. More than 35 million Britons -- 60 percent of the population -- use the Internet, and more than 5 million of them have gone online to visit candidate or party Web sites this year in the run-up to tomorrow's general election. But even as U.K. politicians brush up their online presence, they must be wondering if it's a futile exercise when the pundits agree that the election will be won and lost in the streets, not in cyberspace, tells the Washington Post. Labour's support remained at 41 percent, while the Conservatives fell 2 percentage points from yesterday to 27 percent, according to Populus Ltd. poll for the Times newspaper. Labour holds a 4 percentage-point advantage over the Conservatives, Sky News said, citing a poll by YouGov Plc. Prime Minister Tony Blair, Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown and other Cabinet members today campaigned in the north London district of Finchley and Golders Green, where Labour had a 3,716-vote majority in the 2001 election. The seat was held by former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. n 2001, Labour had 40.7 percent of the vote, the Conservatives had 31.7 percent and the Liberal Democrats had 18.3 percent. Populus conducts interviews over a four-day period and renews a quarter of the figures in each daily poll, the Times said. The pollster questioned 1,420 voters by telephone from April 29 to May 2, the Times said. Populus says its polls have a 3 percentage- point margin of error. In the YouGov poll, Labour attracted 36 percent of voter support, while the Conservatives had 32 percent, the broadcaster reported. The Liberal Democrats had 25 percent, their highest survey result of the election campaign, Sky said. The Liberal Democrats haven't attracted as high a vote in an election since 1983, when they captured 25.4 percent of the vote. YouGov says it abides by the rules of the British Polling Council, reports Bloomberg
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