Labour takes commanding poll leads as Tory vote slumps amid Brexit chaos

Posted On: 
15th July 2018

Labour has surged ahead of the Conservatives in two opinion polls as Tory support dwindles amid infighting over Brexit.

Labour has taken signifcant poll leads over the Conservatives as Theresa May struggles to unite her party over Brexit
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Jeremy Corbyn’s party has taken a commanding five-point lead in the latest DeltapollUK study for The Sun, hitting 42% compared to the Tories’ 37%.

Meanwhile, a separate Opinium poll for the Observer gives Labour a four-point lead, putting them on 40% while the Tories slump to 36%.

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The study also reveals that as Conservative support plummeted, Ukip received a five-point boost, taking them from 3% to 8%.

Theresa May’s personal approval ratings have also nosedived, going from 8% in June to -24%, while the Labour leader’s have remained the same at around -12%.   

The news will come as a fresh blow to the Prime Minister, who is fighting to save her job as Brexiteers round on her over the Government’s latest plans for striking a deal with the EU.  

After a key Chequers summit last week, Mrs May faced a flurry of resignations over her Brexit stance, with both the Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson both standing down.  

According to The Sun's poll, the saga has further dented her standing among voters, with six in ten saying she has handled Brexit talk badly and should step down as soon as Britain has left the EU next year.

The leading candidate to replace her is Boris Johnson, followed by prominent Brexiteer backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg and Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson.

Mr Rees-Mogg said: "This poll demonstrates, unsurprisingly, that voters have seen through the surrender paper.

"Theresa May’s popularity will undoubtedly bounce back if she went back to what she promised in her Mansion House speech in March."