Tory lead slips

Latest opinion polls narrows gap with Labour

A HUNG parliament has become ever more certain today, following today’s latest opinion poll by Populus and printed in The Times.

The survey puts the Tories on 39% (down one point on a similar poll two months ago), Labour on 32% (up two) and Liberal Democrats on 21% (up one).

The poll, taken entirely after Gordon Brown announced the election date on Tuesday, was broadly in line with other recent surveys, which suggest that the Tory advantage over Labour has improved slightly over the last few weeks but remains below the level at which David Cameron could be assured of an overall majority.

If it was replicated on polling day, the Tories would have 30 more MPs than Labour but 25 seats short of a clear majority in the Commons.

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Meanwhile, the daily YouGov poll for The Sun put the Conservatives on 37% (down three points since yesterday), Labour on 32% (unchanged) and Liberal Democrats on 19% (up two).

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