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Labour open up a big lead over Tories and Greens in shock Brighton and Hove poll

Labour are set to win control of Brighton and Hove City Council in the next local elections, a new local opinion poll shows. Labour has opened up a huge 13% lead over the Conservatives, with the Greens falling from first to third place, 17% behind.

ComRes/BBC South East poll of Brighton and Hove: Lab 38% (+6%), Con 25% (-4%), Green 21% (-12%), UKIP 9% (+8), Lib Dem 6% (+1%). Changes are from the 2011 local election results.

Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group on the city council, said:

“This reflects what we know from talking to voters on the doorstep, and our historic win in July’s by-election in a key Green-held ward, that we are on course to win control of the council on May 7th 2015. It also shows Labour likely to win all three of the city’s Parliamentary constituencies on the same day, ousting the one Green and two Tory MPs.

It shows we are right to listen to residents and to campaign for sensible policies which deliver on jobs, homes and schools in the face of huge Conservative government cuts to council funding. Voters have clearly said they want the Greens out and a sensible approach to transport and parking issues. Here we have hard evidence that Labour is best placed to do that. We will continue to listen to voters and community groups, to campaign across the city, and to develop affordable policies on issues that matter to residents.

The poll is very much in line with the swings in the recent East Brighton and Hanover by-elections, and with Lord Ashcroft’s polling of marginal seats – including the three Brighton and Hove ones - in September.

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