Second poll in two days gives Conservatives 21-point lead over Labour

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17th April 2017

Another poll has recorded a 21-point lead for the Conservatives over Labour. 

Jeremy Corbyn has said he expects Labour's polling position to improve when the party campaigns on its policies
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The YouGov survey for The Times has headline numbers of the Tories on 44%, Labour on 23%, Liberal Democrats on 12%, and Ukip on 10%.

Labour’s rating is the lowest recorded by YouGov since 2009.

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It is the second poll in as many days to put the Tories more than 20 points ahead of Labour after ComRes yesterday gave the Conservatives their biggest lead in government since 1983.

That survey had the Tories on 46% and Labour on 25%.

But it also found general public support for some of Labour’s key policies, with 71% in favour of a £10/hour minimum wage, 62% backing increasing the top rate of tax from 45p to 50p, and 53% agreeing with the plan to introduce universal free school meals for primary pupils by scrapping tax breaks on private school fees.

In response to the ComRes polling, Mr Corbyn told the Independent: “Our policies are popular because to most people it’s common sense that our Government should act in the interests of the overwhelming majority and that will mean taking on the powerful.

“The people of Britain have been held back too long, but we have the ideas and the will to change the country for the better.

“There’s so much more to come and as the party comes together to campaign for these popular polices, we are convinced our support in the polls will increase.”

Another poll out yesterday by Opinium for the Observer put the gap between Labour and the Conservatives much closer, at 9%.

Diane Abbott, one of Mr Corbyn’s closest allies in the Shadow Cabinet, said last week that Labour could be polling in the single digits if it had a different leader.