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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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.