Labour opens up a five-point lead over the Tories

New poll gives Labour its largest lead since 2007.

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Latest poll (YouGov/Sun) Labour majority of 60.

When I noted yesterday that Labour had led the Conservatives in two consecutive opinion polls for the first time since 2007, I added the caveat that it could be a short-term blip.

But the latest YouGov poll, which puts Labour five points ahead of the Tories -- the party's largest lead since the phantom election -- suggests the tide really is beginning to turn against the coalition. Support for the Tories has fallen three points to 37 per cent and the Lib Dems are still flatlining on 10 per cent. If repeated at a general election on a uniform swing, the latest figures would give Labour a majority of sixty seats.

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Hung parliament, Labour majority of six.

I expect the Conservatives will wryly note that Labour's surge in the polls coincides with Ed Miliband's absence from Westminster (he's on paternity leave). At this rate, they'll be looking forward to his return.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.

 

 

In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.