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Tories enjoy Boris Johnson poll 'bounce’ with 10-point lead over Labour as he becomes PM

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The Tories are enjoying a “Boris bounce” in the polls as a number of new surveys put them ahead of Labour on the back of Mr Johnson becoming Prime Minister

One by YouGov this weekend gives them a 10-point lead over Jeremy Corbyn’s party after jumping six points since Mr Johnson entered Downing Street on Wednesday.

In the poll, commissioned by The Sunday Times, the Conservatives are up to 31% of the vote to Labour’s 21%, the biggest lead over the opposition in five months.

It also puts a resurgent Liberal Democrats, under their own new leader Jo Swinson, on 20%, while Nigel Farage’s Brexit party are on 13%, down four points as Mr Johnson has vowed to take a tougher approach with the EU.

Another survey, this time by Deltapoll for the Mail on Sunday, has the Tories on 30%, 10 points up from where the same newspaper had the party at the start of the summer.

This means a six-point lead for Mr Corbyn over Mrs May is now a five-point advantage for Mr Johnson, prompting further speculation the new PM will call an early election.

But it said fortunes would be reversed if Labour ditched Mr Corbyn, with 34% saying they would vote for the party under a different leader, and 28% voting Tory in that scenario.

A third poll, by ComRes for the Sunday Express, is less favourable for Mr Johnson but does still see his party climb three points to 28% and enjoy a one-point lead over Labour.

And he will be encouraged by the figures showing an overwhelming majority think he will make a better PM than Mr Corbyn, 64% to 36%, and even among Labour voters is preferred by one in eight.

Elsewhere an Opinium survey in the Observer shows the Tories have gained 7 points since two weeks ago to now take a 2-point lead over Labour, who had previously been ahead by 2%.

The surge under Mr Johnson also appears to have come at the expense of the Brexit Party, with a 12-point swing among Leave voters returning to the Conservatives.

And the poll suggests without Mrs May at the helm more would be willing to back them at a General Election, as the new leader also enjoys a 21 point lead over Mr Corbyn on who would make the best PM.

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