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Gordon Brown ... setback

Gordon Brown ... setback

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Labour support hits record low

George Pascoe-Watson

GEORGE PASCOE-WATSON - Political Editor

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Published: 09 May 2008

LABOUR has slumped to its lowest levels of support since records began in the 1930s, a devastating Sun poll reveals today.

Eight month meltdown ... poll shows how Labour's lead over Tories has collapsed under Brown

Eight month meltdown ... poll shows how Labour's lead over Tories has collapsed under Brown

The Sun’s findings put the Tories on a massive 49 per cent with Labour trailing on 23 per cent — a gap of 26 points.

Things could be worse ... their minus ratings show how much Labour's chances would fall if these MPs became leader

Things could be worse ... their minus ratings show how much Labour's chances would fall if these MPs became leader

The only time in history the Tories have held a bigger runaway lead was in 1968. The Lib Dems are on 17 per cent.

The figures are devastating to Gordon Brown but the YouGov survey makes it clear MPs would be foolish to drop him.

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Results show Labour would be in DEEPER trouble — even if Tony Blair made a return.

And it confirms potential successors Ed Balls, David Miliband, Jack Straw, Harriet Harman, Andy Burnham, Alan Johnson and James Purnell would ALL make things even worse in voters’ eyes.

Asked if voters would back Labour under a different leader, all of the suggested alternatives have a minus net reading.

This means they would all make Labour’s position in a general election worse.

The Sun chose YouGov after they accurately predicted the results of last week’s London Mayoral election.

Their survey comes in the wake of a disastrous town hall election result last week where Labour got just 24 per cent.

Mr Brown is banking on a steady economic recovery to show he is in control of the country.

Labour's lack of leaders ... this lot would make it worse as well

Labour's lack of leaders ... this lot would make it worse as well

He believes his record as one of Britain’s foremost Chancellors will convince voters he is their only hope at a general election.

But Labour is facing the prospect of losing the Crewe and Nantwich by-election a fortnight from now.

That would be another catastrophic milestone in the PM’s turbulent eight month Premiership.

YouGov asked voters if they would be more or less likely to vote Labour if a string of candidates were leader instead of Mr Brown.

Taking the two results, Mr Blair would have a minus three rating. Justice Secretary Mr Straw would be on minus four and Foreign Secretary Mr Miliband the same.

Least popular would be deputy Labour leader Ms Harman and Schools secretary Mr Balls, both on minus ten.

g.pascoewatson@the-sun.co.uk

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