Former UK Party Leader Says Upcoming Election Closest He Has Seen

With 99 days to go until a general election in Britain, the former leader of the ruling Conservative Party told CNBC that the race was “one of the closest” he can recall.

“It’s one of the closest, (looking at) current opinion polls,” William Hague, leader of the House of Commons and former foreign secretary, told CNBC Wednesday.

The Conservative Party, which rules in a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats and is led by Prime Minister David Cameron, is marginally ahead of the rival Labour party in opinion polls.

Hague said the party, which he led between 1997 and 2001, was not in talks with any other parties about forming another coalition after May’s election.

“We’re going for a majority Conservative government…to implement our long-term economic plan and to take it to success, we need a Conservative majority,” he added.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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