Politics 14 December 2009 Labour cuts Tory lead to 9 points Back in hung parliament territory Print HTML The latest Guardian/ICM poll has just been published and shows the Conservatives' lead cut to 9 points, a result that on a uniform swing would leave David Cameron six seats short of a Commons majority. The Tories are down 2 points to 40 per cent, with Labour up 2 points to 31 per cent. I expected Labour's poll ratings to be hit by the widely derided pre-Budget report, but aside from the ComRes poll at the weekend that gave the Tories a 17-point lead, they seem to have held up. Perhaps the popular bonus supertax has made all the difference. The fact the polls are still pointing towards a hung parliament will intensify the debate over a 25 March election in Labour circles. As I've argued elsewhere today, Brown should prepare to call an early election. Follow the New Statesman team on Twitter › Is Bercow running scared? George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe More Related articles Donald Trump brings home his dark vision of America at the Republican convention Word of the week: Michellania Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Andrea Leadsom as Environment Secretary mean for policy?