A poll conducted by Populus puts Labour on 36% and the Tories on 35% - a result well within the margin of error
Ukip support has surged after its strong showing in two byelections last week, causing particular problems for the Conservatives’ ratings, according to a Guardian/ICM poll.
The major TV broadcasters faced a deluge of criticism and threats of legal action on Monday when they proposed to include Ukip, but not the Green party, in the planned TV leader debates in the general election next year.
Ed Miliband will tell a meeting of Labour MPs on Monday night that he has a strategy to win the next election after his deputy, Harriet Harman, insisted: “We are not going to have a wobble or a leadership change”.
Douglas Carswell, the newly elected Ukip MP, has said that he expects his new party to win the Rochester and Strood byelection, adding it was possible that Ukip could win as many as 24 seats at the general election in light of polls showing it could take 25% of the vote next May.
The argument from the Conservatives that a vote for UKIP is a vote for Miliband, is wearing thin. Clacton has changed everything
Ed Miliband has moved to contain rising panic over Ukip’s growing threat to Labour by pledging a raft of hard-headed measures to ensure that migrants “earn the right” to state benefits and face stiff English language tests before taking up jobs.
So, no great surprise about the result from Clacton (Ukip’s electoral breakthrough, 10 October).
The Heywood and Middleton by-election returned the seat to Labour, but UKIP came an incredibly close second.
Yesterday’s YouGov poll gave the party 18 points, but today the party is on 19% - the first time ever in a YouGov poll.
David Cameron ordered the welfare reform minister Lord Freud to issue a full apology after it emerged he had said that some disabled people were “not worth” paying the minimum wage.
The shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, has said Labour should not rule out demanding changes to the European treaties necessary to bring about reforms in EU rules on the free movement of labour.