Mixed polls concern Tories

An earlier Tory poster criticising Labour's 'death tax' did not have the impact Tory planners hoped for
An earlier Tory poster criticising Labour's 'death tax' did not have the impact Tory planners hoped for

By politics.co.uk staff

The Tories woke to discover mixed polls today, with one restoring a seven point lead and another still predicting a hung parliament.

A YouGov poll for the Sun saw the Tories rise two points to 39%, while Labour fell three points to 32%. The Lib Dems were unchanged on 17%.

But a ComRes poll for the Independent gave the Conservatives a more modest lead, with the Tories on 37%, Labour on 32% and the Lib Dems on 19%.


If replicated at the general election, the results would give Labour 17 more seats than the Tories, but leave Gordon Brown 32 seats short of a majority in a hung parliament.

The persistently poor poll results for the Tores led bookmakers William Hill to offer the shortest odds ona Labour victory since April 2009, at 8/1.

"The current political punters' plunge on a shock Labour victory shows no signs of abating and has now virtually halved their odds within a month. Every new opinion poll sparks a further batch of bets," said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

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