James Forsyth

ComRes has the Tories down ten to thirty while The Guardian urges its readers to vote Lib Dem and The Independent calls on the Cabinet to dump Brown

ComRes has the Tories down ten to thirty while The Guardian urges its readers to vote Lib Dem and The Independent calls on the Cabinet to dump Brown
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A day of political drama has a twist in the tale: a ComRes poll which shows support for the Tories collapsing and Labour closing the gap to eight points. Anthony Wells, an authority on polling. is calling this result “frankly odd” and saying that he’d “be amazed if YouGov, Populus or ICM produced figures to support this poll.” But the atmosphere is so febrile at the moment, that it is hard to be confident in saying which sets of polling numbers are rogue.

Another important development tonight is that The Guardian’s leader column is calling on Labour supporters to vote Lib Dem at the European elections. (At the 2004 European elections, with left-wing anger about Iraq at its peak, The Guardian still offered a qualified endorsement of Labour). The Independent's leader column will also not make happy reading in Downing Street, it calls on the Cabinet and Labour MPs to remover Brown so that the country can have an election. The left-wing press does seem to be coming to the conclusion that Brown has to go.

The next few days are going to be as fascinating as they are dramatic. Stay tuned.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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