Conservative poll lead rises to seven points

Tory lead recovers but hung parliament is still likely.

Britain remains on course for a hung parliament at the upcoming election despite the Conservatives' lead over Labour recovering to seven points, according to a new poll. The latest daily YouGov survey for the Sun put the Tories on 39 per cent, up two points since the last poll, with Labour falling three points to 32 per cent and the Liberal Democrats unchanged on 17 per cent.

If repeated on a uniform swing at the election, the figures would leave David Cameron 22 seats short of an overall majority in a hung parliament.

The poll will reassure Tory strategists after an earlier Sunday Times/YouGov survey showed the party's lead over Labour had collapsed to just two points. The media attention given to the party's spring conference and Cameron's well-received speech are likely to have boosted the Conservatives.

But the Tory leader will remain concerned that just two months before the expected election date of 6 May, the polls are still suggesting that his party will struggle to win a majority.

A new ComRes poll for the Independent gave the Tories a lead of just five over Labour, a result that would leave Gordon Brown 32 seats short of an overall majority.

 

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