As the election campaign begins the latest polls have indicated that David Cameron has still not sealed the deal as voters fear his lack of experience
The first poll to be taken since the general election was called for May 6, 2010 revealed that David Cameron has yet to persuade the electorate that he is ready to be the next Prime Minister.
A Populus Poll administered for the timesonline.co.uk gave the Conservatives a lead of 7 points placing the Tories on 39% with Labour on 32% and the Liberal Democrats fairing better than in recent polls on 21%.
However with Cameron needing around a ten point polling lead to be handed the keys to Downing Street these latest figures will not be enough to win an outright majority in the House of Commons.
The UK Polling Report currently predicts a hung parliament with the Tories short by 21 seats to form a government after polling day.
Cameron’s lack of experience is still a prevailing issue with half of those interviewed for the poll believing him to be too inexperienced and a large majority of his doubters also concluded that he has not made a strong enough case as to why vote Conservative.
Most voters in the poll expect a hung parliament and nearly a third of voters in the poll said that they were wavering voters who will decide as the election campaign unfolds.
The Conservatives did not receive full support over their aggressive stance on
Labour’s proposed one per cent increase in national insurance that will hit those earning over £20,000.
As 45% disagreed with Cameron’s pledge to rescind the government’s increases in national insurance beginning from the 2011/12 financial year.
National Insurance Contributions Sparks First Election Campaign Row
Gordon Brown has been on the offensive in response to the momentum that the Conservative campaign has gained following the row over national insurance.
During the last prime minister’s questions before parliament is dissolved for the election Brown turned the debate into one of his familiar territories of Labour investment vs. Conservative cuts.
The Tories say they have identified £6 billion of efficiency savings to pay for the tax reduction.
Brown said:“We can put national insurance up and protect our schools, our hospitals and our policing, or we can do what the Conservatives traditionally do and that is put our hospitals, police and health service at risk.”
The Conservatives have received huge support from the business community and claim that 68 household business names including the online travel agents lastminute.com and Pizza Express, who employ nearly one million people, are in favour of their tax plans.
Business leaders were also angered by Brown’s comment on a breakfast television interview that the business community were being “deceived” by the Conservative’s plan.
Meanwhile Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg has revealed what he believes is the Tories £13 billion Value Added Tax (VAT) bombshell during a campaign launch.
Clegg argued that the Conservatives’ tax cuts and reversals will cost them £13.5 billion a year from the 2011-12 financial year with just £100 million identified to fund them and as a result claimed that a Tory government would increase VAT.
He told the www.libdems.org.uk website “Liberal Democrats have costed, in full, our proposals for tax cuts. We can tell you, penny for penny, pound for pound, who pays for them.
“We will not have to raise VAT to deliver our promises. The Conservatives will. Let me repeat that: Our plans do not require a rise in VAT. The Tory plans do.”
“Their tax promises on marriage and jobs may sound appealing. But they come with a secret VAT bombshell close behind.”