Is that a Spring 2009 election I see in the near distance?
This from PA:
"Gordon Brown has slashed the Conservative lead in the polls to just three
points, according to a survey released today.
The Ipsos Mori November Political Monitor put David Cameron's Tories on 40% -
down five points on a similar poll by the same organisation last month - and
Labour up seven points on 37%. Liberal Democrats were on 12% (down two).
Public satisfaction with the Prime Minister also showed a sharp increase over
the month. While half (50%) remained dissatisfied with Mr Brown, the figure was
down nine points from last month and 19 since September.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister's satisfaction rating has risen six points since
October to 41%, while satisfaction with the Government improved by seven points
to 32%, with 59% remaining dissatisfied (down from 69% last month).
The three-point gap between the two biggest parties is the closest recorded by
any major poll since March, and represents a dramatic fightback by Labour, which
as recently as September was regularly trailing by more than 20 points.
It suggests that Labour has benefited from Mr Brown's response to the financial
crisis, which saw him attend the emergency summit of world leaders in Washington
last weekend amid widespread expectation of tax cuts in next week's Pre-Budget