Fending off insurgents, main UK parties limp towards closest election in memory

January 5, 2015 3:28 PM

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LONDON, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Britain's politicians returned on Monday from their Christmas break to launch campaigns for what could be the closest election in memory, with the rise of anti-Europeans and Scottish nationalists creating uncertainty unseen since the 1970s.

Britons who have seen two parties alternate in power for generations could wake to find no fewer than five parties vying for a role in a coalition government after a May 7 election.

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