Don’t declare Labour dead just yet – it’s been hammered before, and it always comes back : The Telegraph

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It would be very easy for Labour people to despair at the moment. This week’s local elections were abysmal for them, especially outside big cities. They have just become the first opposition ever to lose councillors in three elections running. Their poll ratings are absolutely abysmal. Their leader is one of the most unpopular in British polling history. The present General Election looks like very, very dangerous territory for them.

They have never entered a modern election from opposition in quite such bad shape. An average of results from all pollsters in the field finds them on 28 per cent, 18.4 per cent behind the Conservatives on 46.4 per cent. It is true that they lagged 14.8 per cent off Mrs Thatcher’s pace the month before their 1983 debacle: but at least then they were a little closer, while Labour’s polling average was a slightly healthier 32 per…

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