James Forsyth

Tories spring into a 16 point lead 

Tories spring into a 16 point lead 
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Two new polls this morning offer real encouragement to the Tories. YouGov for the Sunday Times has them 16 points ahead of Labour at 43 percent, if replicated in a general election these figures would give them a three figure majority. ICM for the News of the World has the party on 40 percent, nine ahead of Labour.

The details of the YouGov poll provide further cheer for the Tories. 59 percent think Brown is doing badly as Prime Minister, while 51 percent say Cameron is doing well as opposition leader. The Tories have a 12 point lead on who the electorate trust to raise their standard of living which will become increasingly important as the voters begin to feel the economic pinch.

However, the internal Tory debate over tax will be fuelled by two of the poll’s findings. There is 67 percent support for the government taxing less and spending less. While 60 percent say that taxes can be cut without harming public services. Philip Hammond—who in an interview with Melissa Kite in the Sunday Telegraph suggested that the Tories might not cut taxes until their second term—can expect to have these numbers thrown at him in the coming days.

Written byJames Forsyth

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

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