The Sunday Times‘ latest poll has the Tory lead down to 2% which, even if not reproduced uniformly in a general election, would produce a Labour minority government. The change is produced by a drop in the Tories‘ support from 39% to 37%, and a rise for Labour from 33% to 35%, thus cutting a six point lead to a 2 point lead.
Confidential letters which indicate that a House of Lords vetting committee twice rejected Lord Ashcroft, the Tory donor, for a peerage because of his position as a “tax exile” have been revealed: here.
Belizean trade unionists have called on top Tory donor Lord Ashcroft to reinvest a portion of his personal £1,100 million fortune in the developing country if it transpires that some of it came from his business interests there: here.
Tory peer Lord Ashcroft was accused today of millions of pounds worth of tax avoidance: here.
The Tories have never liked the travelling community. At the last general election in 2005, then Tory leader Michael Howard made a point of attacking Irish travellers and Gypsies: here.
Gay Tory minister Nick Herbert to challenge party allies’ homophobia at Europride: here.
Controversial Tory backer Lord Ashcroft is to quit as deputy chairman, the Conservatives said on Sunday: here.