Tory lead down in the marginals

By politics.co.uk staff

The Conservative lead has plummeted in key marginal constituencies, according to an important new poll.

The YouGov/Channel 4 poll saw the Tory lead cut down to two per cent in 60 key marginals, in which Labour took between six per cent and 14% in the 2005 general election.

The last time the poll was conducted, in February, the Tories had a seven per cent lead.

The Tories sat on 39% in today’s poll, against 37% for Labour. The Liberal Democrats are on 15%, up two.

Importantly, voters also appear to be putting more trust in Labour’s economic team that the Tories.

Gordon Brown personally has a three-point lead over David Cameron when respondents were asked which leader is best equipped to lead Britain out of the downturn, standing on 31%.

Thirty-four per cent of respondents also think Labour would be best for jobs, against 26% for the Tories.

The poll is the latest to point to a hung parliament at the next election.