Conservatives extend poll lead over Labour despite party's civil war over Brexit deal
The Conservatives have extended their lead over Labour to five points despite major splits within the party over Brexit, according to a new poll.
The latest YouGov study for The Times found 40% of voters would back the Tories in a general election, up one point on a week ago.
Over the same period, support for Labour has dropped by one point to 35%. The Lib Dems, meanwhile, are on 10% - up two points from last week.
The findings came in the wake of further Conservative in-fighting over Brexit, with 100 Tory MPs going public to say they will vote against Theresa May's deal when it comes before the Commons on 11 December.
In a further boost for the Prime Minister, the poll also found growing support in the country for the withdrawal agreement she struck with Brussels.
Although 45% still oppose it, that is down from 51% in mid-November. And backing for the deal has gone up from 15% to 27%.
The poll's findings are a blow for Jeremy Corbyn, who has said Labour will try to force a general election if Mrs May's deal is defeated in the Commons.
The Prime Minister is expected to go head-to-head with Mr Corbyn in a televised debate just days before the meaningful vote by MPs on her agreement.
Elsewhere, the poll found that 36% of people believe Theresa May would be the better Prime Minister, compared to 23% for Mr Corbyn. However, 38% said they did not know.