If the next Labour leader enjoys a bounce in the opinion polls and considers a snap General Election he will have the support of the general public.  56% of voters (polled by GFK/NOP) want to approve the Labour Party’s choice of successor to Tony Blair – within six months of him being chosen (39% think an election should be immediate).

A few months ago that seemed a possible, even likely, scenario.  Gordon Brown was riding high and Tory MP David Gauke urged our party to be ready for a snap election.  A bloody Labour leadership election now seems more likely and if the Tories are able to maintain or grow the opinion poll lead (currently at 4.8% according to ConservativeHome’s poll of polls) it seems that this will be a five year parliament with Labour hoping for events to transform the political landscape.

9pm update: David Willetts appears to be urging a snap election –