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  • 23 March 2014, 5:58

Polls Show Post-Budget Bounce For Tories

The Conservatives are enjoying a post-Budget bounce, with polls putting them almost neck and neck with Labour.

According to a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times, the Conservatives are on 36 points with Labour on 37.

It is the smallest advantage the firm's research has shown for five months.

The findings are echoed in a Survation survey for the Mail on Sunday which also shows the Tories closing the gap with Labour to just one point, on 34% to Labour's 35%.

The online survey of 1,000 adults was carried out on Thursday and yesterday, after the Chancellor delivered his well-received package including a major pensions and savings shake-up.

The news will be a disappointment to Labour leader Ed Miliband and could cause anxiety among his party.

The Labour MP John Mann told the Sunday Times: "He needs to speak the language of voters in Bassetlaw, not academics in Hampstead. It's talking clear, simple language that people understand.

"It's all too clever at the moment. A reshuffle of his speech writers would help."

It is not unusual for parties to receive a post-Budget bounce.

Crowd pleasing policies such as help for savers with an extension of the ISA limit, reforms to the pension system and a penny off a pint of beer could be reasons for the narrowing of the poll gap.

Labour has come out in favour of Chancellor George Osborne's plans to allow people to cash in their pension pots rather than buying an annuity.

The shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves said the current market "does not work", adding: "I support reform and I support what has been announced this week, although we need to see a lot more detail about what that will mean in practice."

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