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Leaders’ debate: Will Ed Miliband show his tough side?

If the Labour leader performs well tonight the party could reclaim its lead on voting intention

By Peter Kellner  
Ed Miliband is looking for a cultural consensus ©Hannah McKay/PA Wire©Hannah McKay/PA Wire

Can Ed Miliband sustain his polls bounce? ©Hannah McKay/PA Wire

Last week’s TV leaders’ non-debate may be making more difference than most politicians think—and raising the stakes for tonight’s actual, albeit crowded, debate.

YouGov’s poll last weekend for the Sunday Times caught a spike in Labour’s support. Conducted mainly last Friday, it showed Labour four points ahead. However, its effect on voting intention soon faded. Our three polls since last weekend have all shown the two…

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