Miliband wins substantial poll boost

By staff

Ed Miliband is reaping the benefits of his well-received stance on phone-hacking, according to the latest polls.

A ComRes/Sunday Mirror survey showed a 50% rise in the Labour leader's rating, with 27% now saying he is doing a good job, compared to 18% last month.

David Cameron has taken a hit over his handling of the affair, with 33% of people saying he is doing a good job – down from 37%.

The findings reflect a general sense on Westminster that Ed Miliband has enjoyed his most successful stint in the post. His demands for Rebekah Brooks to resign and the BSkyB bid to be cancelled were both eventually successful despite hesitation in Downing Street and he is perceived as leading the agenda as parliament responds to the crisis.

The biggest loser in the poll is undoubtedly Rupert Murdoch, with a huge majority of respondents associating the scandal with all his newspapers, rather than just News of the World.

Eighty-one per cent said the scandal has damaged this three remaining UK papers – The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times. Only eight per cent said those titles were unaffected.

In another devastating finding for the media mogul, 73% said Rupert Murdoch and his son James are not 'fit and proper' persons for control of Sky TV.

The police were treated with equal suspicion, with 63% saying they now trusted the police next.