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Labour increases lead


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The Labour Party has increased its lead by the largest amount since the 2010 general election according to a poll in the Times newspaper by pollsters Populus today.

The Labour Party stand on 41% in the poll, up three percentage points on the previous poll last month.

The ruling coalition Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are down five points jointly. The Conservatives have dropped one point to 33% whilst the Liberal Democrats have fallen in to single figures to 8%, a drop of four percentage points.

The Conservatives were shaken by the resignation of Defence Secretary Liam Fox last week with a report out today suggesting that he did break the ministerial code but did not make any personal gain.

In a perverse week the Conservative Minister of State for Policy, Oliver Letwin, was pictured dumping papers in a public bin in a London park. The newspaper concerned had photographed him on five occasions in September and October dumping papers in the park waste bin.

In the Cabinet reshuffle caused by Dr Fox’s resignation, Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Justine Greening as the new transport minister despite her strong opposition to expansion of Heathrow airport.

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