Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Labour Scores Highest Poll Rating since End of Iraq War

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Labour Scores Highest Poll Rating since End of Iraq War

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Byline: JASON BEATTIE

LABOUR was given a pre-election boost today as a poll showed its support at the highest level since the end of the Iraq war.

A Populus poll for The Times shows support for Labour has jumped three points over the last month to 41 per cent.

By contrast, the Conservatives remain flat on 32 per cent and the Liberal Democrats have dropped two points to 18 per cent.

It is Labour's best showing since the fall of Baghdad in April 2003, and indicates that middleclass supporters alienated by the war are returning to support the party.

The poll contains some comfort for the Conservatives.

Michael Howard's tough line on immigration and tax cuts has struck a chord with voters. The Conservatives are eight points ahead on immigration and asylum and one point ahead of the Government on taxes.

But on every other major indicator, Labour leads the Tories and the Liberal Democrats. On the three issues deemed most important by voters - health, crime and education - Labour has the highest rating. …

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