Clegg Under Fire in 2nd UK Election Debate

Polls show Liberal Democrat leader narrowly winning Round 2
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2010 11:10 PM CDT

The third-party candidate who upended Britain's political landscape with a runaway victory in last week's election debate won by a narrower margin as the party leaders clashed again last night, according to polls. In a debate focused on foreign policy, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg came under fire from both David Cameron and Gordon Brown for his plan to scrap Britain's nuclear deterrent, reports the Washington Post.

Brown and Cameron clashed over immigration, the European Union, and the military. Clegg sharply criticized the Iraq war, while firmly denying accusations that he is anti-American. A third of viewers believed Clegg won the debate while the Labour and Conservative leaders were tied on 29% each, according to a Guardian poll. The leaders will debate once more before Britain votes on May 6.
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