Sam Croft writes for Durham University’s Palatinate on why ‘Red Ed’ still has work to do:
Opinion polls are far from an exact science. Weekly fluctuations, sample selections and the way questions are worded must all be considered before it is even possible to question the validity of data based upon a hypothetical situation three years before the public are given a chance to vote in a real general election.
The Labour Party is currently leading the Conservative party in such polls by 10%, even amidst the Jubilee celebrations which one would expect to help the support of the current governing party, especially a Conservative one.
Labour may be leading in the polls but the economic record of the Brown government and the credibility of their leader, Ed Miliband, have both made many question whether, when it comes to it, can people really trust the current opposition as anything other than an opposition party.
Ed Miliband has struggled as Labour leader ever since his shock victory over his own brother. The Conservative party exploited his support base from the Trade Unions, effectively, labelling him ‘Red Ed’. Recent figures have, however, suggested that the formerly unpopular leader is increasingly appealing as a credible alternative to David Cameron.
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