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Labour make gains in opinion polls

Labour have made gains in a series of opinion polls, enjoying leads in three and cutting the Conservative lead in another.

The latest survey also contains good news for the Liberal Democrats who gain three points to draw level with Ukip for the first time in more than 18 months.

ComRes research for ITV and the Daily Mail suggested the race was still too tight to call with the Tories on 34% and Labour on 33%.

But that compared with a four-point deficit for Ed Miliband's Opposition at the start of the campaign.

Despite the shift in support, voters still trust the Conservatives significantly more on the crucial issue of running the economy (46% to 28%) and making the right level of cuts to government spending (38% to 32%).

The Liberal Democrats - who have consistently surrendered their third-party status in polls for a long period - were up three to join Ukip on 12%.

Greens were down a point at 4%.

Other polls gave Labour leads of between three and six points and one suggested that for the first time voters thought Ed Miliband was doing a better job than David Cameron.

The Opposition gained two points on last week in the Survation poll for the Mirror, while the Conservatives dipped one, to move ahead by 35% to 31%.

The Labour leader - despite still trailing his Tory rival as the best to be prime minister by 37% to 25% - will be delighted at their latest personal approval ratings after lagging consistently behind throughout most of his leadership.

The gap between those saying he was doing a good and bad job was +3.2 points, to Mr Cameron's +2.3.

Survation found overwhelming public support - 59% to 16% against - for the Opposition's pledge to abolish "non dom" tax status.

On May 7 voting intention, Ukip shed more support, down three to 15%, while the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party unchanged on 9% and 5% and the Greens up two on 4%.

Survation sampled 1,111 adults and the results were weighted.

Panelbase - which had the two main parties level-pegging on 33% last week - showed Labour climbing to 37% and the Tories dropping to 31%.

Ukip were down one at 16%, the LIb Dems up one on 8% and the Greens down one at 4%.

It interviewed 1,013 people between April 7 - 9.

In a TNS Omnibus survey Labour gained one point to 33% while the Conservatives fell three to 30%.

Ukip also went up three to stand at 19%, with the Lib Dems unchanged on 8%, the Greens down one on 4% and others at 7%.

Michelle Harrison, TNS head of political and social, said: "This latest poll points to neither Labour nor the Conservative party securing a decisive bounce after the leadership debate. All the indications are that we continue to face a result where no one party secures an overall majority."

TNS Omnibus interviewed online a representative sample of 1,207 adults in Great Britain between April 2-7.

ComRes interviewed 1,013 GB adults by telephone between 7th and 8th April 2015. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults. Data were also weighted by past vote recall. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.


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