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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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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