A Populus poll taken Wednesday suggests that enthusiasm for both Labour and the tories is low.
The tories, for their part, were not ready for an election and terrified that Brown might go to the polls.
One recent poll had the Liberal Dems taking 21 percent of the vote with 29 going to Labour and 35 percent to the tories.
Forty-two-year David Cameron is preparing to lead the tories into power by giving the stiff party of Thatcher an image makeover.
The tories won just 36% in 2010; 4% more than in 2005 - which, in turn, was one of our worst ever defeats.
Few tories received quarters from the militia, and fewer of the militia asked it of the tories.
Most of those remaining at home were tories, although these were not so numerous as the friends of liberty.
Liberals though some of them may be in earnest, they are all tories in fun.
In this condition, the tories and Indians fell upon them, and put them nearly all to death; only about sixty escaped.
There I was well fed, and told I need to look out only on this side the river for tories.
1566, "an outlaw," specifically "a robber," from Irish toruighe "plunderer," originally "pursuer, searcher," from Old Irish toirighim "I pursue," related to toracht "pursuit." About 1646, it emerged as a derogatory term for Irish Catholics dispossessed of their land (some of whom subsequently turned to outlawry); c.1680 applied by Exclusioners to supporters of the Catholic Duke of York (later James II) in his succession to the throne of England. After 1689, Tory was the name of a British political party at first composed of Yorkist Tories of 1680. Superseded c.1830 by Conservative, though it continues to be used colloquially. In American history, Tory was the name given after 1769 to colonists who remained loyal to George III of England.
A political party in Britain, also called the Conservative party. In the late eighteenth century, the Tories took form as defenders of the king and stability and of established interests in Britain; they advised caution in making political and social change. Winston Churchill, Benjamin Disraeli, and Margaret Thatcher belonged to the party.