A new opinion poll gives Labour an 8% lead. MORI for The Sun put Labour on 42%, the Tories on 34% and the LibDems (with a negative conference bounce) on 14%. The previous MORI survey – at the start of the month – had Labour 5% ahead.
It’s now going to be difficult for Brown not to call an autumn election. He has encouraged speculation to such an extent that he’s in danger of looking weak if he now decides to wait.