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Ed Miliband Under Fire As Labour's Poll Ratings Hit New Low

07/10/2014 09:43 BST | Updated 07/10/2014 09:59 BST
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File photo dated 23/09/14 of Ed Miliband, as pressure mounts on the Labour leader over his leadership after more influential figures in the party took a swipe at his election strategy.

Labour's poll ratings have sunk to their lowest rating under Ed Miliband as the Labour leader faced fresh criticism from party grandees.

The latest in a series of YouGov studies putting the Conservatives ahead saw Labour on 33%, the party's lowest figure with the pollster since June 2010, before Miliband's election as Labour leader.

The poll put the Opposition two points behind the Tories, and came as a series of influential figures attacked the plan for a "mansion tax".

The YouGov survey for the Sun put the Tories on 35%, Labour on 33%, Ukip on 13% and the Liberal Democrats on 8%.

Pressure is mounting on Mr Miliband over his leadership after more influential figures in the party took a swipe at his election strategy.

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The Labour leader is struggling to gain the political momentum and his conference speech, during which he failed to mention the deficit, has appeared to clear the way for critics in the party to speak openly.

Concerns have been raised about plans to introduce a mansion tax on properties worth more than £2 million. Margaret Hodge, chairman of the powerful Public Accounts Committee, told the Times it was "too crude to work properly".

She said: "I don't think it's the world's most sensible idea. We need to tackle the idea that people are shielding their money in London through properties. The problem identified is the right one; I just think the solution is too crude to work properly."

Labour donors also raised concerns over the weekend, with Lord Noon, one of the party's significant individual benefactors, saying the party "really need to buck up" and Lord Levy, who was Tony Blair's chief fundraiser, criticising the tax plans as "totally inappropriate".

One of Labour's biggest individual donors, JML founder John Mills, told the Huffington Post the mansion tax could push people into negative equity.

"The problem with the mansion tax - apart from issues of whether it's fair or going to work - is it requires really tricky valuations," he said.

"It's a step from zero to some quite large number which is going to produce all sorts of problems on the boundary. If people have got mortgages, they could get into negative equity. There are these sort of problems as well."

Meanwhile, shadow chancellor Ed Balls said he was "surprised" that Mr Miliband had forgotten the economic section of his keynote conference speech.

He told ITV1's The Agenda: "Sometimes in life you can forget the most important things. In that speech, not talking about the deficit."

This comes after research by Conservative pollster Lord Ashcroft yesterday put Labour two points down on 30%, behind the Conservatives who were unchanged on 32%.

Lord Ashcroft's poll also found that Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrats had slipped to fourth place, tied with the Greens.

Just 7% of those surveyed said they would vote for the Liberal Democrats, a 1% drop on last month leaving them at level-pegging with the Greens, who rose 3% in the polls.

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