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Britain searches for a new direction after 13 years of Labour rule, the first hung Parliament in 36 years, and one of the worst economies since World War II.
The final UK election debate Thursday night is supposed to focus on the economy, a strong issue for the Labour Party. But Prime Minister Gordon Brown's outburst after meeting a working-class supporter may give further boost to Conservative David Cameron and Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg.
Ahead of the British election, embattled Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited working-class Rochdale and was caught calling a life-long Labour voter a "bigot." The gaffe spotlights voter anger over welfare policies in a town with the highest concentration of the unemployed in Britain.