Blow for Jeremy Corbyn as Labour slumps to fourth place behind Liberal Democrats

Posted On: 
4th July 2019

Labour has slumped to fourth place behind the Liberal Democrats as voters continue to desert the party, according to a new poll.

The score is the joint-lowest for Labour since polling began in the 1940s.

The YouGov study for The Times found that just 18% of voters would back Jeremy Corbyn if an election were held today, a two-point fall on their position a week ago.

It is the worst score for Labour since May 2009, when Gordon Brown's government was grappling with the financial crash.

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The poll put the Conservatives in the lead with 24% - two points up on last week and a point clear of Nigel Farage's newly-formed Brexit Party on 23%.

The Liberal Democrats - who enjoyed a surge at the local and European elections - are in third place on 20%.

The poll meanwhile suggests Labour's struggle to come up with a coherent Brexit policy is playing a large part in their woes.

Just 25% of 2016 Remain voters told YouGov they would now back Labour, down from 48% at the start of the year.

And while Labour started 2019 with the support of more than a fifth (21%) of Leave voters, just 8% now say they will vote for the party.