Boost for Theresa May as Tories take poll lead over Labour amid internal party rows

Posted On: 
10th August 2018

The Conservative party has taken a lead over Labour in the polls despite both being engulfed in controversial internal splits.

Theresa May's Tories have stretched to a 4-point lead over Labour
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Theresa May’s party has extended a four-point lead over its main rival, according to the latest YouGov poll for The Times, suggesting that the row over anti-Semitism has hit Jeremy Corbyn.

The study will mark welcome news for the PM however, in a week where senior Tories attempt to deal with tensions over Boris Johnson’s comments on the burqa and wider allegations of Islamophobia within the party.

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In a major shift from last week when both parties were level, 39% said they would vote Conservative, while Labour has tumbled three-points to 35%.

The stat is Labour’s lowest overall score in voting intention since last year’s general election.

In a further blow for Mr Corbyn, he sits on his lowest rating ever on the question of who would make the best prime minister.

Mrs May has extended her lead on the question by 14% over Mr Corbyn – a seven point increase from the last study.

Some 36% said they would choose Mrs May for Number 10, up 4 points, while 22% would choose Mr Corbyn, down 3 points. But a massive 39% said they did not know.

Elsewhere, 45% said leaving the EU is the wrong thing to do, while 42% said Britain should press ahead with the public’s decision to vote to leave the bloc in 2016.