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Tory poll lead sinks to lowest level since Boris Johnson became PM amid exam results crisis

Tory poll lead sinks to lowest level since Boris Johnson became PM amid exam results crisis

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (PA)

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The Conservatives’ poll lead over Labour has fallen to its lowest level since Boris Johnson became prime minister in the wake of this year’s botched exam results.

A YouGov study for The Times — carried out after a U-turn over A-level and GCSE results on Monday — shows the Tories are now just two points clear of Labour.

The Conservatives are polling at 40%, down from 44% the week before.

Meanwhile Labour are up to 38%, a three-point rise in the past seven days.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer now has a four-point lead over Mr Johnson on the question of who would be the preferred prime minister.

Mr Johnson has slipped from 32% who say he is their preferred PM to 31%, while Sir Keir's ratings have climbed from 32% to 35%.

The poll result marks the lowest Conservative lead in a YouGov study since June 25 last year, a month before Mr Johnson took over from Theresa May at Number 10.

The results are a far cry from the Government’s popularity at the height of the pandemic, where the Conservatives had a 24-point advantage on Labour in early April. 

The YouGov study was carried out on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, and after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that a controversial algorithm used to award GCSE and A-level results would be ditched in favour of teacher-assessed grades.


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