Labour ahead of Tories in opinion poll

Labour ahead of Tories in opinion poll

Labour is more popular than the Tories for the first time in three years, according to a poll released in the UK today.

Support for Labour has risen to 40% while that for the Conservative Party is now on 39%, according to the YouGov survey for The Sun.

The Liberal Democrats are still languishing on 12%, after a significant slump in support since forming the coalition Government with the Tories in May.

Labour’s one-point lead is smaller than the margin of error and may be the temporary consequence of media coverage of the party’s annual conference in Manchester this week.

It will nevertheless hearten MPs and activists and embolden newly-elected leader Ed Miliband amid warnings that his victory – after a left-leaning campaign made successful by union support – would cost Labour mainstream voters.

The poll, taken on Sunday and yesterday, is the first survey of voting intentions since Mr Miliband defeated his elder brother David on Saturday evening in the race to succeed Gordon Brown.

It is the first time Labour has led the Tories since October 2007, when then prime minister Mr Brown was on the brink of holding an election before changing his mind at the 11th hour.

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