January 29, 2009 / 10:38 PM / 11 years ago

Labour falls further behind in opinion poll

LONDON (Reuters) - The Conservatives extended their lead over Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s ruling Labour party, an opinion poll showed Friday, signalling voters were losing their faith in the government’s economic policies.

The poll, by market research company YouGov for the Daily Telegraph newspaper, showed the Conservatives with 43 percent support, Labour on 32 percent, and the centre-left Liberal Democrats on 16 percent.

The survey showed David Cameron’s Conservatives stretching their lead of 11 percentage points from 7 percentage points last month, continuing the trend of the Tories regaining momentum after a bounce which saw Labour narrow a 20 percentage point poll gap since mid-2008.

The YouGov poll also showed that the Conservatives had a seven point lead over Labour on economic competence.

Reporting by Matt Scuffham

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