Labour narrow Conservative lead to 10 points

Party boosted by the conference season but support for Cameron's leadership rises

Labour have received the largest boost from the conference season according to a new poll which shows the party narrowing the gap on the Conservatives.

The Times/Populus poll put the Conservatives down one point to 40 per cent, with Labour up three points to 30 per cent and the Liberal Democrats unchanged on 18 per cent. Other parties are down two points to 12 per cent. If repeated at a general election, the figures would give David Cameron a Commons majority of just eight.

The results stand in sharp contrast to a recent ICM poll which showed the Conservative lead rising to 19 points in the wake of Cameron's conference speech.

Cameron continues to enjoy a commanding lead over Brown as the best person to lead the country after the election, backed by 48 per cent of voters against 28 per cent for the prime minister. He also leads Brown as the person best equipped to deal with the recession by 45 to 30 per cent. At the height of the financial crisis, Brown led Cameron by 52 to 32 per cent on dealing with the recession.