Poll puts Conservatives ahead of Labour

David Cameron.' Picture:  Neil Hanna
David Cameron.' Picture: Neil Hanna
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THE Conservatives have edged ahead of Labour for the first time since 2012, according to a new poll.

The YouGov survey, which comes just over seven months ahead of the general election next May, showed 35 percent of respondents would vote Conservative while 34 percent indicated they would vote for Labour,

The poll was carried out on the 1st and 2nd of October during the Conservative party conference.

YouGov said it was the first poll lead for the Conservatives since March 2012 but cautioned that a single poll should be treated with care as it had also detected small Labour leads in recent weeks.

The Liberal Democrats were on 6 percent while Ukip was on 14 percent, when excluding nearly a fifth of respondents who said they either would not vote or did not know who to vote for.

YouGov also said the lead could be due to Cameron’s Oct. 1 speech when he pledged over 7 billion pounds of tax cuts.

“The poll may be a blip, reflecting a real but short-lived boost for the Tories following their party’s annual conference and David Cameron’s well-received speech,” YouGov President Peter Kellner said.

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