By Tim Montgomerie
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Lord Ashcroft has conducted a poll in the Feltham & Heston by-election. It suggests the Labour candidate is on course for a healthy victory. More surprising and encouraging for the Conservative Party is that in this same London seat – where a Labour candidate has a 22% lead as the locals' choice to be the MP – Boris Johnson enjoys a 1% lead over Ken Livingstone. Red Ken was once the candidate who out-performed the Labour vote but now 25% of Labour voters want Boris (the so-called 'Boris Reds'), proving the Tory Mayor's superior ability to transcend traditional party lines (click graphic to enlarge):

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Also encouraging for the Conservatives is that George Osborne's position on borrowing also wins the support of 63% of people in this Labour-leaning seat (click graphic to enlarge):

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By 47% to 35% Cameron, Clegg and Osborne are preferred to manage the economy than Miliband and Balls.

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