Labour moves ahead of Tories in new poll

Ed Miliband's party opens up a two-point lead in the latest ComRes poll.

Labour has moved ahead of the Conservatives in a new opinion poll after George Osborne announced dramatic cuts in public spending last month. The latest ComRes survey for the Independent puts Ed Miliband's party up three points to 37 per cent, with the Conservatives down five to 35 per cent and the Liberal Democrats up two to 16 per cent.

The new poll is the first time that ComRes has shown Labour in the lead since September 2007, shortly after Gordon Brown became leader. If repeated at a general election on a uniform swing, the latest figures would leave Labour eight seats short of a majority in a hung parliament.

Meanwhile, the latest daily YouGov/Sun poll put the Conservatives down one point to 41 per cent, with Labour up two points to 39 per cent and the Liberal Democrats down two to 11 per cent.