Blow for Labour as Tory lead rises in three new polls

Conservative lead up to seven points in latest YouGov poll.

The Conservatives' lead over Labour has widened in three new opinion polls which suggest that the party is over the worst of its recent troubles.

The latest daily YouGov survey for the Sun put the Tories up two points to 39 per cent, with Labour unchanged on 32 per cent and the Liberal Democrats down one to 18 per cent.

If repeated at a general election on a uniform swing, the latest figures would leave David Cameron 25 seats short of an overall majority. But since the Tories are expected to perform disproportionately well in the key marginals, a lead of seven points should be enough for Cameron to win a small majority.

Meanwhile, a new ComRes poll for the Independent also showed the Conservative lead rising to seven points. The Tories are unchanged on 37 per cent but Labour has fallen two points to 30 per cent. The Libl Dems are up one to 20 per cent.

There was more good news for the Tories in the latest Daily Express/Opinium poll which showed the party's lead over Labour rising to ten points. The poll put the Tories up one to 38 per cent, with Labour down two to 28 per cent and the Lib Dems up three to 18 per cent.

A lead of ten points would be likely to result in a small Tory majority of around 20 seats.