Populus have published the first opinion poll on the future of Charles Clarke as Home Secretary. The poll, conducted on Wednesday and Thursday, found that 63% of respondents thought that Clarke should resign over the failure to deport foreign prisoners after their sentences, 32% thought he should stay.

A second poll, by ICM for Newsnight, shows 64% want Clarke to resign, while 25% want him to stay. Amongst Labour supporters opinion is more evenly split – 45% would like him to go, 47% would like him to stay. There is better news for John Prescott – only 37% think he should resign, 57% think he should stay.

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