A worrying poll for Ken

Boris leads Ken by 48 per cent to 41 per cent in latest mayoral election poll.

The latest YouGov poll on the London mayoral election won't make happy reading for Team Ken. The poll puts Boris on 48 per cent among those who are certain to vote, with Ken trailing on 41 per cent. Boris's lead has risen by four points since February when he led by 45 per cent to 42 per cent. In a straight fight between Ken and Boris (excluding "Liberal Democrat candidate"), Boris would win by 49 per cent to 41 per cent.

Significantly, Boris leads among Lib Dem supporters - the swing voters in this contest - by 41 per cent to 30 per cent. Worryingly for Ken, just 63 per cent of London Labour voters would vote for him were an election to be held tomorrow, with nearly a fifth (19 per cent) backing Boris.

After failing to win back control of the Scottish Parliament from the SNP, it's important for Labour and Ed Miliband that Ken succeeds in London. But, as things stand, that is looking increasingly unlikely. The fact that Labour is leading in London by 51 per cent (+3) to the Tories' 32 per cent (+1) will be cited by some as evidence that an alternative candidate could be performing better.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Jeremy Corbyn fans are getting extremely angry at the wrong Michael Foster

He didn't try to block the Labour leader off a ballot. He's just against hunting with dogs. 

Michael Foster was a Labour MP for Worcester from 1997 to 2010, where he was best known for trying to ban hunting with dogs. After losing his seat to Tory Robin Walker, he settled back into private life.

He quietly worked for a charity, and then a trade association. That is, until his doppelganger tried to get Jeremy Corbyn struck off the ballot paper. 

The Labour donor Michael Foster challenged Labour's National Executive Committee's decision to let Corbyn automatically run for leadership in court. He lost his bid, and Corbyn supporters celebrated.

And some of the most jubilant decided to tell Foster where to go. 

Foster told The Staggers he had received aggressive tweets: "I have had my photograph in the online edition of The Sun with the story. I had to ring them up and suggest they take it down. It is quite a common name."

Indeed, Michael Foster is such a common name that there were two Labour MPs with that name between 1997 and 2010. The other was Michael Jabez Foster, MP for Hastings and Rye. 

One senior Labour MP rang the Worcester Michael Foster up this week, believing he was the donor. 

Foster explained: "When I said I wasn't him, then he began to talk about the time he spent in Hastings with me which was the other Michael Foster."

Having two Michael Fosters in Parliament at the same time (the donor Michael Foster was never an MP) could sometimes prove useful. 

Foster said: "When I took the bill forward to ban hunting, he used to get quite a few of my death threats.

"Once I paid his pension - it came out of my salary."

Foster has never met the donor Michael Foster. An Owen Smith supporter, he admits "part of me" would have been pleased if he had managed to block Corbyn from the ballot paper, but believes it could have caused problems down the line.

He does however have a warning for Corbyn supporters: "If Jeremy wins, a place like Worcester will never have a Labour MP.

"I say that having years of working in the constituency. And Worcester has to be won by Labour as part of that tranche of seats to enable it to form a government."