Labour running scared of the Liberal Democrats

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Cabinet Minister Peter Hain Senior has predicted that disillusioned Labour voters will defect to the Liberal Democrats at the General Election

Peter Hain, Leader of the House of Commons, revealed his fears that former Labour supporters who opposed the war in Iraq could back the Liberal Democrats at the next General Election when speaking to The Birmingham Post.

He said the loss of votes to Charles Kennedy’s party, which opposed the Iraq war, was “the most dangerous thing” threatening Labour’s majority.

The comments followed an analysis by academics at Strathclyde University of voting patterns across the country.

Mr. Hain was reluctant to be drawn on the reasons why former Labour supporters might defect but said “Iraq is an issue. There might be others. If you have been in power for nearly eight years then it is bound to happen. It is the lot of Government that you become less and less popular.”