Labour surge continues as new poll shows 10-point swing away from Tories

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2nd June 2017

Labour has again closed the gap on the Conservatives following a 10-point opinion poll swing in just two weeks.

Jeremy Corbyn with Labour's manifesto, which has proved a hit with voters.
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The Ipsos Mori survey for the Evening Standard puts support for Jeremy Corbyn's party at 40% - their highest rating of the campaign - up six points since the middle of last month.

Over the same period, the Tories have slumped by five points to 40% amid severe criticism of the campaign being run by Theresa May.

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The Prime Minister's personal satisfaction ratings have also taken a hammering and are now at 43%, the lowest of the campaign.

Gideon Skinner of Ipsos MORI said: "Here’s more evidence of the Conservatives’ wobbly week, with Labour improving again and the last two weeks of campaigning seeing a big hit to the Prime Minister’s personal ratings. 

"But remember this is just a snapshot of a period of time, not a prediction – the Conservative vote share remains high, May is still seen as the most capable PM, and they still have the support of older people."

The poll suggests voter dissatisfaction with key policies contained in the Conservative manifesto, including major changes to the social care system and the scrapping of free school meals for five to seven-year-olds.

Before the manifesto was launched, women backed the Tories overt Labour by 49% to 35 %. The gap has now closed to 45% to 44%.

And among people aged 35 to 54-year-olds, Labour is now in the lead by 46% to 36%, having been 52% to 34% behind.

It is the latest in a long line of opinion polls which have shown a surge in Labour support during the election campaign.

However, the Tories' high vote share would still give them a comfortable majority if it was repeated on 8 June.