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Blow for Jeremy Corbyn as Labour slumps to fourth place behind Liberal Democrats

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Labour has slumped to fourth place behind the Liberal Democrats as voters continue to desert the party, according to a new poll.

The YouGov study for The Times found that just 18% of voters would back Jeremy Corbyn if an election were held today, a two-point fall on their position a week ago.

It is the worst score for Labour since May 2009, when Gordon Brown's government was grappling with the financial crash.

The poll put the Conservatives in the lead with 24% - two points up on last week and a point clear of Nigel Farage's newly-formed Brexit Party on 23%.

The Liberal Democrats - who enjoyed a surge at the local and European elections - are in third place on 20%.

The poll meanwhile suggests Labour's struggle to come up with a coherent Brexit policy is playing a large part in their woes.

Just 25% of 2016 Remain voters told YouGov they would now back Labour, down from 48% at the start of the year.

And while Labour started 2019 with the support of more than a fifth (21%) of Leave voters, just 8% now say they will vote for the party.

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