The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has ruled out calling a snap election this year or next. Brown, who replaced Tony Blair earlier this year, is said to have been considering the move because of his strong opinion poll ratings.
However, the Conservatives, under David Cameron, have bounced back in the polls after what is generally considered to have been a successful party conference. The Conservatives also appear to have improved their ratings with promises of an attractive tax package if elected. New elections must be called before 2010, with governments elected for a maximum of five years.