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A recent opinion poll has revealed that neither?the Conservative nor?the?Labor party?in the UK will?secure a majority in the country?s upcoming general election, as the two camps?vying for seats in the parliament brace for a tight race.

An opinion poll?conducted by UK Polling?shows that Conservatives have?a 32-percent voter support while Labor is ahead with only 33 percent,?predicting a fragmented vote which would yield a new coalition.

The Scottish National Party, which lost last year?s independence referendum, is predicted to garner significant number of votes, as it hopes to increase its current six seats to 12 to?20 seats.

Meanwhile, UK independence Party (UKIP) is ranked third with 15 percent, whereas the Liberal Democrats have dived down to eight percent, just barely ahead of the Greens with seven percent.

So far, the May election campaign has been dominated by a rise in anti-EU sentiments, immigration issues, health spending and economy.

Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party, has promised that if he wins on May 7, he will seek to renegotiate Britain?s relationship with the EU and call a referendum on European Union membership. However, he is under fire?as voters believe austerity measures have slashed public services such as the National Health Service.

Taking into consideration the tight race for 650-seat House of Commons, another recent study has found that up to 40 seats could be decided by the Muslim vote, making the Muslim community a deciding factor in the elections.

The current Tory-led coalition government launched austerity measures when it came to power in 2010 in a bid to tackle the country?s mounting debt and sluggish growth, but the policies have sparked opposition and public protests in recent years.

Source: HJM/HMV / Press TV

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