11:16 am - October 23rd 2012
Labour has opened up a 22% lead in the marginal constituency of Corby, where a by-election will be taking place on 15th November. This lead has increased by 7% since the last opinion poll in August.
Anthony Wells at UK Polling Report notes that this is a bigger lead than would be implied by national opinion polls, and appears to be driven by local campaigning. 33% of people reported having been canvassed by Labour, compared to only 11% by the Conservatives; 59% had received Labour leaflets, compared to 42% who had received Conservative leaflets; and 14% had been phoned by Labour compared to only 6% by the Tories.
There’s lots of debate about the best approach which Labour should take to appealing to voters in marginal constituencies. Today’s data shows that one absolutely critical thing which Labour needs to do is make sure that its volunteers talk to more voters than the Tories manage.
Don Paskini is deputy-editor of LC. He also blogs at donpaskini. He is on twitter as @donpaskini
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