The ICM poll result.

The ICM poll result.

Already, some commentators are claiming that this result is due to the methodology used and further polls will show the Tories regaining their lead.

Maybe so, but Labour is ahead in the London mayoral election race as well, so there are good reasons for the party to feel optimistic.

Labour has drawn level with the Conservatives in an opinion poll for the first time since the 2015 general election.

Jeremy Corbyn’s party was up four points compared to last month in ICM’s monthly phone poll, at 36 per cent, while the Conservatives were down three to 36 per cent.

The seven point shift has Labour up six points on its 30 per cent in the general election under Ed Miliband, and the Tories having neither gained nor lost support.

The poll, coming as it does amongst a series of weak opinion polls for Labour, is by definition an outlier – and would have to be backed up by further surveys if it were to signal a true shift in support.

Source: Labour neck-and-neck with Tories in poll for the first time since Jeremy Corbyn became leader | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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