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Coalition split on riots sentencing

Ed Jacobs discusses new data showing yet another split between the Tories and Lib Dems in government – this time over the proportionality of riot sentencing.

Tory poll leads over Labour since the election

Another Tory poll fall in wake of spending review

For the second week running, a poll series has put Labour ahead of the Conservatives for the first time in three years. Just like last week’s Times/Populus poll, a ComRes poll for today’s Independent gives Labour a narrow lead, up three points on 37 per cent, with the Conservatives down five points on 35 per cent and the Liberal Democrats up two points on 16 per cent.