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UK

Support for Conservatives slips

Britain's leader of the opposition Conservative Party, David Cameron, speaks at the launch of his party's new poster campaign ahead of the general election, London February 15, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

LONDON (Reuters) - The Conservative Party’s lead has tightened in recent days, making a hung parliament look increasingly likely, two opinion polls showed.

The Guardian/ICM poll published in Tuesday’s edition found support for the Conservatives down 3 points, at 37 percent, while Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labour Party was up 1 point from last month at 30 percent.

The Liberal Democrats, who could hold the balance of power in the case of a hung parliament, fell 1 point over last month to 20 percent.

If these results were repeated in an election due by June, the Conservatives would lack an overall majority in the House of Commons.

A separate YouGov poll published by the Sun on Tuesday put the Conservatives on 39 percent, Labour on 33 percent and the Liberal Democrats on 17 percent.

Both surveys suggest allegations that Gordon Brown intimidates his staff have yet to damage a Labour poll recovery. The projections show the Conservatives’ lead has shrunk to its narrowest gap in recent months.

ICM interviewed a random sample of 1,004 adults by telephone between February 19 and 21 for the poll, the Guardian said. The Sun poll was conducted on Monday.

Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Alison Williams

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