Monday 2 December 2002

The election looms...

... and the Labour lead drops:
With Labour on 35% in the constituencies and the SNP now close behind on 32%, the prospect arises of Labour's numbers in the next parliament being cut to 51, from the present 55.
The peculiarities of the proportional representational system mean that a Labour/Illiberal Democrat coalition is still the most likely outcome, but a further Labour slippage could produce a dramatic result.