Labour damaged by latest polling

Party just a point ahead of the Liberal Democrats in the latest ComRes poll

Labour's flagging poll ratings have failed to improve in two new polls, as the Conservatives remain on track for a large majority at the next election.

A poll by ComRes for the Independent on Sunday, put support for the party at 23 per cent, down two since the last poll. Labour is now just a point ahead of the Liberal Democrats, who rose three points to 22 per cent. Support for the Conservatives was up two since the last ComRes poll to 38 per cent, giving the party a lead of 15 per cent over Labour.

Another poll by YouGov for the Sunday Times put support for the Conservatives at 42 per cent, 17 per cent ahead of Labour who are up one since the last poll to 25 per cent. The Liberal Democrats were down one to 18 per cent.

Both polls suggested that the surge in support for minority parties during the expenses scandal is fading. Backing for the smaller parties was down four points in the ComRes poll to 16 per cent and also down four points in the YouGov poll to 15 per cent.

The rise in backing for the Conservatives is thought to be a sign that the party is winning back support from the UK Independence Party, who finished second in last month's European elections.