Peter Hoskin

Two more polls point towards a hung parliament

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Is this it? A couple more polls have been released, and – like all the others tonight – they point towards a hung parliament. An ICM poll for the Guardian has the Tories on 36 percent (up three points), Labour on 28 percent (no change), and the Lib Dems on 26 (down 2).  And a ComRes effort for the Independent and ITV has the parties on 37, 28 and 28, respectively.

Most Tories I've spoken with this evening are, they say, mildly pleased with the opinion polls.  Not overjoyed, of course – but they feel their party's greater firepower in the marginals means that numbers like those above will translate to a small majority.  Either way, things are certainly very close.