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Cameron's EU referendum speech boosts party ratings

Published on Jan 27, 2013 10:38 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge to hold a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the EU appears to have boosted his party's ratings at home, opinion polls published on Sunday suggest.

Support for Cameron's Conservative Party jumped five points from the previous month in a poll conducted after he vowed Wednesday to hold an "in-or-out" vote on Europe if the party wins the next general election.

This was despite 38 percent of those surveyed saying they believed that leaving the EU would lead to a loss of jobs and trade and harm the economy.

The poll conducted by ComRes for the Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror newspapers put the Conservatives on 33 percent, up from 28 percent in December. That halved the lead of the main opposition Labour party, whose ratings stood unchanged at 39 percent.

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