Populus_6A Populus poll for this morning’s Times puts the Tory lead at 3% (down from 7% last month).

ConservativeHome is sceptical about the value of ‘if Brown were Labour leader’ polls but the gap with Cameron’s Conservatives narrows to just 1% when Populus asked that question this month.  Generally more meaningful are voters’ assessments of Gordon Brown’s qualities.  69% see Labour’s likely next leader as "strong" and 53% see him as "statesmanlike."  On the downside only 22% see Mr Brown as "charismatic".