Peter Hoskin

Closer than we thought?

Closer than we thought?
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Another poll lead for Boris this morning, but it's significantly shorter than those 10 and 12 point advantages he's enjoyed recently. This Guardian / ICM poll – which they're hawking as “the only one to be carried out by a national newspaper using established techniques” – has Boris as the first choice of 42 percent of voters, compared to 41 percent for Ken. When second preferences are allocated, Boris's lead increases slightly – 51 percent to 49 percent. He's winning the battle for the hearts (and votes) of Paddickites.

Whilst any lead for the Spectator's man is encouraging, this latest shows there's still a lot of work to be done before Ken and his “personal fiefdom” can be ousted.