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Voters are still undecided

PUBLISHED: 17:16 10 March 2010 | UPDATED: 09:35 12 August 2010

AN exclusive poll has revealed the majority of residents have not decided who they are going to vote for in the General Election which is just weeks away.

AN exclusive poll has revealed the majority of residents have not decided who they are going to vote for in the General Election which is just weeks away.

The main parties have a lot of work to do before Bromley residents will vote for any of their politicians confidently and believing in their promises.

Even those people who cited the big three - Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats - as their choice at the ballot box, they did so begrudgingly and were almost embarrassed to admit it.

For a large part of the electorate, the expenses scandal has just gone to prove that "all politicians are liars" and "in it to line their own pockets" - phrases heard countless of times from those polled.

Kate Simpson, 42, told the Times: "Last time I voted Labour, but now I am a floating voter. I am disillusioned with Labour because of the war. After 15 years it is time for a change."

Despite the disillusionment with Labour, there is little confidence in Conservative leader David Cameron.

A male voter, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: "All the leaders are completely useless, so I don't know. I am a member of the Conservative Party but I can't bear David Cameron."

The disillusionment with the three major parties rings loud and clear, but the problem is who do people vote for?

Peter Stewkesbury, 68, of Anerley, said: "I don't really like the Conservatives, but the others impress me even less. The only other temptation is UKIP. But I'd rather pull out my toenails than vote Labour."

Surprisingly, the battle seems to be between the Conservatives and Labour, with the Liberal Democrats in third place, unlike the by-election in 2006, which saw the latter in second place.

The question remains - what can the parties do to gain the confidence of voters? The answer seems to be policies that gain people's trust by their honesty and attainability.

Over the next few weeks, the Times will be focusing on key policy areas and asking the parties to reveal what they have to offer, which is different to their rivals.

n What do you think? E-mail marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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