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THE Tories’ lead over Labour has slipped to just SIX POINTS, despite public anger over the British Airways dispute.
The results of an exclusive News of the World ICM poll will come as a huge disappointment to Conservative leader David Cameron.
Only last week he launched his fiercest attack yet on Gordon Brown over his party's link to Unite, the trade union behind the BA strike which was crumbling last night.
Tory support has dropped three points to 38 per cent, which Labour rose 1 per cent to 32. The Lib Dems dropped 1 point to 19.
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The gap between the two main parties is now the narrowest since December 2008.
If our poll figures were repeated in a General Election, it would give the Conservatives 287 seats, just two more than Labour. That would leave the Tories 38 seats short of an overall majority, meaning a dreaded hung parliament.
And support for Labour is expected to strengthen after Alistair Darling delivers his pre- election Budget on Wednesday.
The Chancellor is expected to use a freeze on petrol duty, a £1billion job creation programme and a windfall tax on banks to win over floating voters just a fortnight before the start of the General Election campaign.
If Mr Darling is able to steer clear of further tax rises for most people and shows he can balance the books, Labour could enjoy a further poll boost, robbing the Tories of the momentum they need to win in May.
Today’s poll also shows the public are largely against the links between Labour and Unite. Almost half, 48 per cent, say the union should not be allowed to fund Labour.
 ICM Research interviewed a random sample of 1,002 adults aged 18+ by telephone on 17-18 March 2010. Interviews were conducted across the country and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults. ICM is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.



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