Despite Labour retaining its lead over the Conservatives in the 40 most marginal seats ahead of the General Election, voters prefer David Cameron to Ed Miliband for Prime Minister, a new ComRes/ITV News Index poll suggests.
The poll also indicates that 10% of Labour voters in the last General Election would switch their allegiance to Ukip next year.
- Voters in marginal seats remain more likely to prefer a Labour to a Conservative government (41% to 36%), but favour David Cameron over Ed Miliband as Prime Minister (44% to 31%)
- Nearly half of voters in marginal seats (45%) think that Ukip are a serious party, although 39% think they are not
- 10% of participants who voted for Labour in 2010 now say that they would switch to vote Ukip, along with one in five people (21%) who voted Conservative
Labour retains its lead over the Conservatives in the 40 most marginal seats ahead of the General Election next year, a new ComRes/ITV News Index poll suggests.
The poll of 1,002 people put Labour down two points since September on 39% and the Conservatives up one at 31%.
The Liberal Democrats and Ukip were also up one at 7% and 18% respectively.
The headmaster of the shadow education secretary's former school has said Labour's plans to strip private schools of tax breaks worth hundreds of millions of pounds unless they do more to help the state sector could be deemed "offensive bigotry".
In a speech yesterday, Tristram Hunt told private schools to start doing more to help state pupils or risk losing £700 million-worth of tax breaks.
But Mark Beard, head of the independent University College School (UCS) in Hampstead, north-west London, said the shadow cabinet minister should be considering "new, helpful initiatives" to raise standards in state schools..
"Rather than rely on independent schools to solve the issues for the 93% of children who are educated in the state sector, isn't it time for Labour to come up with some new, helpful initiatives rather than espousing what some might deem an offensive bigotry?"
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The Labour party is "culturally adrift" from its traditional core voters, a former minister has warned in the wake of a row over alleged snobbery.
London mayoral hopeful David Lammy said politicians from "liberal, professional backgrounds" were finding it hard to identify with ordinary working people.
Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Lammy said a heavily-criticised tweet by then shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry was merely a symptom of the party's problems.
"The Labour Party feels culturally adrift, not just from large parts of Britain, but from its own traditional working class base," he wrote.
Large parts of the country feel that Labour not only disagrees with them, they think we disapprove of them too.
A sense of mutual disdain between the mainstream parties and working class England is driving voters away from politics, or towards so-called 'anti-politics' parties such as Ukip.
Ed Miliband has sought to diffuse the row over Emily Thornberry's 'white van tweet' by saying Labour remains "the party of working people".
He said he was "furious" when he learned of Ms Thornberry's posting an image of a house festooned with England flags and that it was right for her to resign.
Writing in the Daily Mirror, Mr Miliband said: "Respect is the basic rule of politics and there is nothing unusual or odd about having England flags in your window. That is why she was right to resign."
Labour leader Ed Miliband has rejected claims his party is anti-English after one of his shadow cabinet stood down for what her critics described as a "sneering" tweet on the Rochester campaign trail.
The owner of the house whose proud display of England flags had prompted Emily Thornberry's tweet arrived - by his white van - to place a St George's Cross at her London home as part of a tabloid publicity stunt.
But as ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports, he received support from Mr Miliband, who said: "There is nothing unusual or odd about having England flags in your window."
David Cameron has accused Labour of sneering at patriotic working people after Emily Thornberry was forced to stand down as shadow attorney general over her white van Rochester tweet.
The Islington South MP's picture tweet was said to have enraged Labour leader Ed Miliband while it was condemned by a number of her party colleagues.
But Mr Cameron claimed the incident accurately represented the party's stance under Mr Miliband.
Emily Thornberry is one of Ed Miliband's closest allies and aides. Effectively what this means is that Ed Miliband's Labour Party sneers at people who work hard, who are patriotic and who love their country, and I think that is absolutely appalling.
The Labour MP who resigned from the shadow cabinet after her white van Rochester tweet has said she "got it wrong" as a flag of St George was tied to railings outside her London home.
Emily Thornberry, the former shadow attorney general, stood down after facing criticism for her photo that appeared to ridicule a Rochester home with three large England flags draped across the front of the house.
The Islington South MP spoke to reporters outside her house before cycling off to Parliament.