With the public, Brown cuts Tory lead by half but with his party “civil war” resumes

You might be scratching your head and wondering why Ruth Kelly’s resignation to spend more time with her family has “ reignited Labour’s civil war.” Unnamed ministers point the finger at Downing St for spiking a potential Labour resigner and forestalling others from quitting. Nobody knows if this theory is true or not – not even the Mail’s anti-Brown Ben Brogan – but it certainly has got legs. What a bunch, when the country is teetering on the brink of a financial crisis!

Yet overall Brown seem to have scored A YouGov poll for the Sun shows Labour has cut the Tories’ 20 point lead in half.

The poll puts the Conservatives on 41%, Labour on 31% and the Liberal Democrats on 16%, a Tory lead of 10 points. YouGov interviewed 1,500 people after Brown’s speech on Tuesday night and on Wednesday morning. In the last YouGov poll, for the Sunday Telegraph on 18 September, the Conservatives were on 44%, Labour on 24% and the Lib Dems on 20%, a 20-point Tory lead.”

It’s not over yet for Brown.

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London