POLITICS

Tories Receive Huge Boost In Polls, Ukip And Lib Dems Slip Back

23/03/2014 00:57 GMT | Updated 23/03/2014 01:59 GMT
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The Tories have received a huge boost following George Osborne’s budget, with Cameron’s party now tied with Labour across two polls.

A Survation poll for the Mail on Sunday put Labour on 35%, up 1% on their January rating. However, the Conservatives are now up to 34%, up 4% from previous ratings, which, with the margin of error, places the party neck and neck with Labour.

Both the Lib Dems and Ukip have lapsed, with Nigel Farage’s party down 3% to 15%, and Nick Clegg’s party down to 9%. The poll surveyed 1,000 people over Thursday and Friday.

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Another post-Budget poll, by YouGov for the Sunday Times, also found the Conservatives were a single point behind, on 36% to Labour's 37%. It is the smallest advantage the firm's research has shown for five months.

Labour backbencher John Mann told the newspaper Mr Miliband needed to "speak the language of voters in Bassetlaw not academics in Hampstead". He said: "It's talking clear, simple language that people understand. It's all too clever at the moment. A reshuffle of his speechwriters would help."

He added: "What the Labour shadow cabinet should do is get out of its policy committees and get out onto the doorstep and listen to the experiences of Britain's people."