Saturday, May 7, 2011

Liberal Democrats Routed in U.K. Vote

Saturday, May 7, 2011

LONDON—British voters delivered a double kick to the Liberal Democrat party, deserting the coalition government's junior partner in local elections and rejecting an overhaul of the U.K.'s voting system that was a key party initiative.

The drubbing will likely exacerbate tensions with the Conservative Party, which leads the U.K. coalition and campaigned against the voting referendum. Getting the referendum on the ballot was one of the main prizes the Lib Dems won after the May 2010 election as they agreed to form a coalition with Prime Minister David Cameron's Tories.

In a referendum, almost 69% voted to keep the current ...

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