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Confidence in Brown takes 30-point dive as lost data crisis deepens

GERRI PEEV
The Scotsman
Friday November 23, 2007

THE lost data crisis has sent public confidence in Gordon Brown's government plummeting, a poll revealed last night.

Only about a quarter (26 per cent) of voters said they now considered the Prime Minister's administration "competent and capable" - down 30 points in almost three months.

The Populus survey also showed the proportion of voters confident of Labour's ability to handle economic problems had more than halved from 61 per cent to 28 per cent.

The latest figures - which also reflect public concern over handling of the Northern Rock crisis - came as a second poll showed the Tories surging into a remarkable nine-point lead.

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A YouGov survey for Channel 4 News put the Tories in one of their best positions for 15 years on 41 per cent - less than two months since the same poll had Labour 11 points in front.

Voter intentions were gauged following the revelations that the personal details of 25 million people had been lost by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) - sparking an identity theft scare.

Both polls came as ministers' attempts to blame a single junior official for the loss of the two discs containing the database were challenged after it emerged that senior HMRC figures knew of the plans.

Internal e-mails from HMRC showed that senior civil servants were aware that confidential information was being sent to the National Audit Office (NAO).

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