* UK and U.S. political uncertainty dominates sentiment
* Market looking ahead to U.S. Fed meeting
(Recasts, adds comment, changes dateline from Bengaluru) LONDON, June 7 (Reuters) - Gold steadied near seven-month highs on Wednesday with sentiment still bullish due to a lower dollar and political uncertainty created by an election in Britain and a testimony by a former FBI director to the U.S. Senate.
Spot gold was down 0.1 percent at $1,292.55 an ounce
at 1024 GMT. On Tuesday, it gained 1.1 percent to hit its highest level since November last year at $1,295.97. U.S. gold
futures slipped 0.2 percent to $1,294.2.
"Gold is being driven by a weaker dollar, U.S. politics and the UK election," said SP Angel analyst John Meyer. "Indian tax changes over the weekend could increase demand for tola bars." A falling U.S. currency makes dollar-denominated gold cheaper for holders of other currencies, potentially boosting demand. Tola is a traditional Indian measurement unit of 0.375 troy ounces. India last weekend said it would tax gold at 3 percent under a new sales tax that comes into effect on July 1, lower than expectations of around 5 percent. Former FBI director James Comey's testimony on Thursday could further hurt U.S. President Donald Trump and potentially derail his plans to roll back regulation and overhaul taxes.
In Britain, markets are worried that the ruling Conservative party might not get a majority in Thursday's elections - an outcome seen strengthening Britain's hand in its exit talks with the European Union. Traders are also looking ahead to a meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve next week. "We do expect gold to hit some turbulence as we approach the June Fed rate hike, but things could open up for the precious metal post-meeting if the central bank's language remains dovish," said INTL FCStone analyst Edward Meir.
Among other precious metals, platinum fell 0.4 percent to $952.00 an ounce and palladium slid 0.4
percent to $850 after earlier touching $859.80 an ounce, its highest since Sept. 2014. Platinum is used to mainly make autocatalysts for diesel-fueled cars, while palladium is mainly used for autocatalysts used in gasoline-fueled cars. "(Palladium has) a much broader exposure to global car markets. According to data from the United States, Europe and Japan, the recent slowdown in sales continued also in May," Julius Baer analysts said in a note. "We stick to our negative view (on palladium) and short-position, expecting prices to realign with the weaker demand backdrop over the coming months."
Silver ceded 0.4 percent to $17.6. an ounce.
(Additional reporting by Vijaykumar Vedala and Koustav Samanta; Editing by Edmund Blair)