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Political notes: Cameron’s public sector headache

Public sector workers have been spooked by Cameron’s tough talk, and their change of heart explains his recent misfortune

By Anne McElvoy   April 2010

Could it be the public sector wot loses it for the Tories? The party’s internal research now strongly suggests as much, as does Labour’s. It is the territory that tense strategists are fighting over in the last crucial pre-campaign weeks. For whichever way you look at the polls, Tory voting intentions have slipped from their previous confident high. The voting groups causing most anxiety in David Cameron’s Millbank base are many of the same people it persuaded to take a new look: lower middle-income voters in the public sector.

It’s one reason Cameron opted for those supersize-me posters in January,…

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