Labour cut Tory lead to five points

Latest Ipsos MORI poll puts Tory lead at lowest level since December 2008.

The poll surveyed those who were "absolutely certain to vote" of whom 37 per cent claimed they would vote Tory, 32 per cent Labour and 19 per cent Liberal Democrat.

Unlike earlier polls this latest one suggests there will be a hung parliament with Labour falling short of an overall majority but claiming up to 19 more seats than the Conservatives.

However, Ipsos MORI also insists a Tory majority is still likely due to the party's superior performance in a number of important marginal constituencies.

The poll indictates the Tories have not benefited from the effects of the Brown bully allegations or Alistair Darling's attack on the Prime Minister as they had hoped to.