Battle Britain: Seven party leaders in last-ditch bid for votes

Sarfraz Ali 06:18 PM | 6 May, 2015
Battle Britain: Seven party leaders in last-ditch bid for votes
LONDON (Web Desk) - Seven party leaders are headed into Britain's most unpredictable election in decades on Thursday, which has brought several smaller parties to the fore because of a fragmentation of the vote.

Here are they key players of the coming days:


- David Cameron, 48, Conservative Party

Accused of fighting a lacklustre campaign, Prime Minister David Cameron has turned up the passion as polls have indicated no late swing in his favour.

His privileged background makes him the "posh" candidate, but he has told voters to look at his economic achievements instead of his background.

The son of a stockbroker, Cameron was educated at exclusive Eton College and Oxford University, where he was admitted to the Bullingdon Club -- a hard-drinking, socially exclusive student group.

After becoming leader of the party at the age of 39 in 2005, he tried to "detoxify" the party brand by avoiding traditional right-wing issues like immigration and stressing a more liberal agenda.


- Ed Miliband, 45, Labour Party

Written off as a weird Westminster insider who became Labour Party leader only by knifing his brother, Ed Miliband is now seen as having more than a sporting chance of being Britain's next prime minister.

Despite his awkward demeanour and frequent setbacks, Miliband has retained an unerring self-confidence, which a growing number of people believe could propel him to the country's top job.

Perhaps most damaging for him, however, is the rift that Miliband created by taking on and beating his older brother David for the party leadership in 2010.

The son of a prominent Marxist academic father and a campaigning activist mother, Miliband grew up in a highly politicised household frequented by left-wing intellectuals from around the world.


- Nick Clegg, 48, Liberal Democrats

The deputy prime minister's experience in government has been damaging and polls suggest that he and his party are now so unpopular that he could lose his seat, ending his frontline political career.

Many voters blame the centrist Liberal Democrats for propping up Cameron's Conservative-led administration as it introduced tough austerity measures to cut the deficit.

If he holds onto his seat, the smooth-talking Clegg could play the role of "kingmaker" and has not ruled out alliances either on the right or the left.


- Nigel Farage, 51, UK Independence Party

Farage has turned the UK Independence Party (UKIP) into a national force but is battling for his political future, with commentators saying that his populist campaign has run out of steam.

Anti-Brussels and anti-political correctness, Farage, who once compared ex-European Council president Herman Van Rompuy to a "damp rag", led UKIP to top the polls in European Parliament elections in 2014.


- Nicola Sturgeon, 44, Scottish National Party

The steely and polished Scottish independence leader has emerged as an unlikely star of Britain's unpredictable election race and could decide who is prime minister after Thursday's election.

Once little known south of the border, Sturgeon has become one of the most talked-about figures in the campaign thanks to her performance in election debates -- even though she is not running for a seat in Westminster herself.

The Scottish first minister has cut a swathe through the UK's male-dominated politics, criticising austerity and advocating the SNP as a "progressive force" with quick humour and a clipped Scottish accent.


- Leanne Wood, 43, Plaid Cymru

They may only win a handful of seats at next month's general election, but the Welsh nationalists could find themselves catapulted from relative obscurity to a position of influence across Britain.

With no party likely to win an overall majority, the pro-independence socialist party hopes to team up with others to propel the opposition centre-left Labour Party into power -- while extracting concessions for Welsh nationalism.


- Natalie Bennett, 49, Green Party

The leader of the Green party has campaigned against austerity and looks set to pick up votes from the backlash against mainstream politics.

But she will struggle to win a seat and her party may end up with just one parliamentary victory.



Sarfraz Ali
Sarfraz Ali

Sarfraz Ali is working as Editor Web for Daily Pakistan. He earned a postgraduate degree in Mass Communication from IUB and diploma in International Print Journalism from Thomson Foundation UK. He regularly writes on ...


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 7, 2022 (Tuesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279 282
Euro EUR 296.67 297.26
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331.71 332.41
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.8 75.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.21 73.51
Australian Dollar AUD 190.31 192.72
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.23 740.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.22 207.42
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.43
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.19 176.19
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.42
Omani Riyal OMR 715.11 723.11
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 297.31 299.81
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – The gold price in Pakistan dropped by Rs4,300 per tola to reach Rs200,000 on Tuesday as it lost ground on second consecutive day after witnessing mostly bullish trend last week.

As per the All-Pakistan Sarafa Gems and Jewellers Association (APSGJA), the price of 10 grams of 24 carats gold decreased by Rs3,686 to settle at Rs171,468.

On Monday, the gold price witnessed a drop of Rs200 per tola to close at Rs204,300.

In the international market, the commodity dropped by $1 to reach $1,869 per ounce.

Meanwhile, silver prices in the domestic market slumped by Rs20 per tola and Rs17.14 per 10 grams to reach at Rs2,230 and Rs1,911, respectively.


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