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Poll suggests Tory lead growing
David Cameron
Support has increased during David Cameron's first year
The Conservative Party has 40% support compared with Labour's 32%, an ICM poll for the Guardian newspaper suggests.

The 3% rise on the previous month means David Cameron ends his first year as leader with the party enjoying its strongest sustained polls in 14 years.

Labour's 32% is unchanged on November. The Lib Dems fell four points to 18%.

More than a third of voters (37%) think the Tories will win the next election, compared with 19% who felt the same in 2002, the poll suggests.

Among Conservative voters the figures suggest that 67% believe the party will be victorious.

About 12% of voters believed the Conservatives would never win again, according to the poll.

The ICM poll questioned 1,006 adults by telephone between 15-17 December.

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