James Forsyth

Labour below 20 and Tories below 30 in Euro-poll

Labour below 20 and Tories below 30 in Euro-poll
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Labour has fallen to its lowest ever opinion poll rating in a YouGov poll for The Sun. On the general election question, the Tories were at 41 down two from the last YouGov poll, Labour on 22 down five and the Lib Dems up one on 19. The Sun calculates that this would deliver the Tories a majority of 152. However, the poll contains numbers that should worry the Tories and show just how badly the main parties have been hurt by the expenses scandal. In the last week support for them at European elections has dropped nine points to 28. Labour is down on 19 tied with UKIP who have surged 12 points in the last week. Encouragingly, it seems to be UKIP not the BNP, whose rating is unchanged, who is benefiting from the public’s anger over expenses.

This poll and the events of the past fortnight are making me think that Labour might get rid of Brown after all. The option of drafting in Alan Johnson much as the Tories brought in Michael Howard in November 2003 must look more appealing by the day to Labour backbenchers. Indeed, the consequences of carrying on as things are, are now so dire for Labour that one suspects their preparedness to go through bloody process of removing Brown from Downing Street is increasing.

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Written byJames Forsyth

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

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