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Boris Johnson poll bounce continues as Tories take 10-point lead over Labour

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The Conservatives have increased their poll lead over Labour to double figures in the wake of Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister.

According to the Ipsos/Mori survey for the Evening Standard, support for the Tories is at 34%, up eight points since last month.

Labour are unchanged on 24%, the Lib Dems are down two points on 20%, with the Brexit Party down three points on 9% and the Greens down two points to 6%.

It follows a YouGov poll for The Times on Wednesday which also gave the Conservatives a 10-point lead, suggesting the party is continuing to enjoy a "Boris bounce" following Theresa May's departure from Number 10.

In a further boost for Mr Johnson, 52% of voters think he would make the most capable Prime Minister, while just 27% think the same of Mr Corbyn.

However, both leaders have negative approval ratings, with the PM on minus 5 and the Labour leader on minus 45.

Mr Johnson has seen a small rise in the proportion of people who believe he has what it takes to carry out the top job, from 34% to 38% - his best score since 2014.

Among Tory supporters his personal approval rating has gone up from 59% to 77%.

Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos MORI, said: “Boris Johnson has got a boost from his own supporters, as he energises his base in his first month as Prime Minister, and especially when they compare him with Jeremy Corbyn, whose poor personal ratings among the public continue.

"However, the political situation remains volatile, with the Liberal Democrats’ revival continuing, the Brexit Party still to be reckoned with, and despite the new Prime Minister, satisfaction with the Government remains low and economic pessimism high.

"Historically, Boris Johnson’s first ratings as PM are also behind Ipsos MORI’s records for May, Brown and Major, which could point to challenges further down the line."

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