From The Independent (U.K.) on-line edition --
"Majority want troops home by end of the year" (by Andrew Grice)
"Most people want British troops withdrawn from Iraq by the end of this year, according to a poll by NOP for The Independent.
"By a margin of 3-1, voters want British forces to come home by the time their United Nations mandate expires in December. Sixty per cent of people, and 58 per cent of Labour supporters, want to see the troops withdrawn by then, and only 19 per cent disagree."
"Election 2005 -- Labour MP defects to Lib Dems over Iraq" (by Colin Brown, Deputy Political Editor)
"A prominent Labour politician will announce today that he is defecting to the Liberal Democrats in protest at Tony Blair's 'lies' over Iraq.
"The defection of Brian Sedgemore, who is standing down after 27 years as a Labour MP, threatens to upset Mr Blair's apparently unstoppable campaign for a historic third term.
"Declaring that 'enough is enough', Mr Sedgemore also reveals that a small group of unnamed fellow MPs who are standing down are secretly planning to leave the Labour Party in protest at Mr Blair's leadership after the election.
"His decision to defect will intensify the escalating row over the legality of the war which was yesterday thrust to the centre of the election campaign."
The KEY to what is happening is shown by a poll, on the same page as the two stories, as follows --
INTERESTING -- what a difference a third party can make in a two-party system!