James Forsyth

The Labour limbo continues

The Labour limbo continues
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If today’s Populus poll in The Times is accurate, then Gordon Brown’s will be fighting a last-ditch battle to save his premiership nine days from now. The poll has Labour heading for a 16 percent share of the vote at the European elections behind both the Tories, 30 percent, and UKIP, 19 percent. The Lib Dems are on 12 and the Greens on 10.

The general election polling is equally grim for Labour. The party is down six to 21 percent, 20 points behind the Tories. To compound Labour’s problem, its supporters are far less likely to vote than Tory ones.

Brown is clearly a problem for Labour. 35 percent believe Labour is the party most damaged by the expenses scandal and 7 percent think it is the Tories. But 62 percent state that Brown is the leader most damaged by the expenses scandal with only 5 percent saying that it is Cameron.

Written byJames Forsyth

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

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