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Polls bring mixed news for Labour

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Polls bring mixed news for Labour
Jens Stoltenberg - Guri Dahl Scanpix
08:20 CEST+02:00
Norway's ruling left-wing coalition has received mixed messages from the first polls to emerge since the summer break, with one showing they are narrowing the opposition's lead, and another showing they are falling further behind.

According to a survey by TNS Gallup for Norway's TV2 network, the centre-right's lead has shrunk to just 12 seats in the 169-seat parliament, down from 48 before the summer break.

The pollster expects the two smallest right-wing coalition partners, the Christian Democratic Party and the Liberal Party, to fall below the four percent threshold to enter parliament. 

A rival survey published on Tuesday by the VG newspaper, however,  put the centre-right on track for a 43-seat lead, which it said would be a "disaster" for the ruling Labour party. 

With just over a month to go before the September vote, the polls are a crucial gauge of the scale of the task faced by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg if he wants to stay in power for a third term. 

The TV2 figures, he said, were "a source of inspiration and show that nothing has been decided."

As for the VG figures, he said: "I have seen both good and bad measurements, and I do not intend to let myself be influenced by the bad ones."  

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