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The Conservatives now have a strong lead over Labour on almost all key policy areas

Tomorrow's Times runs details of a Populus poll which concludes that the Conservatives are more trusted than Labour to handle nearly every policy area, including the key issues of health and education.

There are no headline voting intentions (they were published earlier in the week), but the findings will be a boost to David Cameron ahead of the conference season.

"The Tories are now in a strong position on most public services, which have traditionally been vote-winners for Labour. On doing the best job of improving the NHS, the Tories are on 37 per cent (up 10 points since last March) against 34 per cent for Labour (down 1 point).

"The Tories are in the lead on: managing the economy (42 per cent against 33 per cent for Labour); improving standards in schools (39 against 33 per cent); getting the balance right between taxes and spending (38 to 30 per cent); dealing with crime and antisocial behaviour (45 against 27 per cent); immigration and asylum (44 to 24 per cent); and reforming Britain’s political system (37 to 24 per cent). The sole exceptions are reforming welfare (where Labour is ahead by 32 to 30 per cent) and climate change where, as before, the Lib Dems are ahead on 31 per cent, against 25 per cent for Labour."

More here.

Jonathan Isaby


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