Britain's opposition Conservatives have a 14-point lead over Labour ahead of an election due by next June, setting them up for a return to power for the first time since 1997, the Times reported on Tuesday.
Support for the centre-right Conservatives stands at 41 percent, up three points on a previous poll in mid-July, while Labour is up 1 point at 27 percent. The Liberal Democrats are down two points at 18 percent, pollster Populus said.
The Times noted that support for the Conservatives was lower than the 50 percent ratings enjoyed by Tony Blair in 1996, the year before he led Labour to a landslide victory.
Margaret Thatcher's Conservatives were also polling 48 percent in 1978, the year before she swept into office.
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