Conservatives maintain large lead in new poll

Tories seventeen points ahead of Labour in new poll and on track for majority of 110

A new poll has given the Conservatives a seventeen-point lead over Labour as the party remains on track for a large majority at the next election.

The ComRes/Independent on Sunday poll put the Conservatives on 41 per cent, down 1 point since the last poll, with Labour unchanged on 24 per cent and the Liberal Democrats also unchanged on 18 per cent.

If these figures were replicated at the next general election the Conservatives would win with a majority of 110.

Labour officials are likely to be disappointed that the recent row over the NHS has failed to improve support for the party. David Cameron was last week forced to reaffirm his commitment to the NHS after the prominent Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan attacked the NHS in a series of American television appearances.

ComRes also asked respondents if they agreed or disagreed with the statement "the NHS would be safer under Labour than the Conservatives", with 39 per cent agreeing and 47 per cent disagreeing.