Amadeusz Juskowiak

Britains alliance opposition wins byelection

Britains centrist LiberalSocial Democratic Alliance won a surprise victory in a parliamentary byelection in the London borough of Greenwich a seat held by the main opposition Labour party for the past 50 years

Rosie Barnes a Social Democratic member of the Alliance won with 18287 votes or 53 pct and a majority of 6611 seats over her nearest rival Labour candidate Deirdre Wood

The Conservatives came third with 3852 votes

The result is expected to play a key role in determining when Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher leader of the ruling Conservatives might call a general election

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