The latest YouGov survey of 11,590 adults across the UK is a massive tonic for Boris Johnson, whose party now leads in former Labour strongholds, including the North-west, Yorkshire and the Humber. The Tory gains are being driven by plummeting support for Mr Corbyn’s party, which has dropped 25 points in the North-west to 30 per cent, leaving the Conservatives with a narrow three-point lead. In Yorkshire the same pattern has put the Tories five points ahead, a reversal of Labour’s eight-point lead in 2017.
The independent poll was not commissioned by any third party and is the first of its kind comparing support now with the 2017 election.
It came as Labour’s shambolic start to the election campaign worsened last night amid more damaging controversies surrounding 12 of its election hopefuls.
And Mr Corbyn was facing further pressure over anti-semitism within Labour after one of the party’s most prominent Jewish figures declined to endorse him as Prime Minister.
Dame Margaret Hodge – an MP for 25 years – refused to be drawn on whether she would prefer to see the Labour leader or Boris Johnson in No 10, saying a government is “more than any individual”.
It appears Mr Corbyn’s unpopularity, his dithering over Brexit and the anti-semitism scandal is cutting through to voters.
Since the 2017 election, Labour’s support in their North-east stronghold has dwindled from 55 per cent to 32 per cent, said YouGov.
Meanwhile, the Tories have dropped eight points since the last election to 26 per cent. The region also has the highest support for the Brexit Party across the country, with 19 per cent.
In London, which voted heavily to remain, the party has secured a ten-point boost to 19 per cent, while Labour remain the largest on 39 per cent despite a 16-point slump since 2017.
In Wales, support for Mr Corbyn has plummeted from 49 per cent to 29 per cent, leaving his party just one point ahead of the Tories, while the Brexit Party sit on 15 per cent.
But everywhere else in the country the Conservatives hold a commanding lead.
In the North West the Tories are on 33 per cent to Labour’s 30 per cent following a 25 per cent collapse for Mr Corbyn’s party.
In Yorkshire and Humberside the Tories are on 34 per cent and Labour are on 29 per cent.
In the East Midlands with the Tories are surging on 45 per cent, 23 points clear of Labour.
In the West Midlands Mr Johnson’s party are at 43 per cent with Labour only on 23 per cent.
The Conservatives are riding high in East Anglia, the South East and South West.
A senior Tory source said last night: “It’s no surprise to see public opinion moving away from Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. No one in Britain wants a hardline socialist anywhere near No 10.”
Chris Curtis, of YouGov, said: “The data shows voters have moved away from both major parties across the country. The picture is much worse for Labour.”
Further pressure was mounting on Mr Corbyn last night as it emerged that 12 of his election candidates have previously been forced to apologise for a string of racist or foul-mouthed comments.
There were calls last night for the so-called “dirty dozen” to be barred from standing in next month’s General Election.
Ian Byrne (Liverpool West Derby) shared grotesque messages about Tory peer Michelle Mone and Minister Esther McVey.
Zarah Sultana (Coventry South), said she would celebrate the death of Tony Blair and former Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu.
Ali Milani (Uxbridge and South Ruislip), apologised after spreading antisemitic abuse on social media.
Apsana Begum, (Poplar and Limehouse), Kate Linnegar (Swindon North) and Abby King, (Aldershot), have provoked anger in an anti-semitism row, while a think tank run by Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt, (Thanet South), tweeted antisemitism conspiracies. Matt Uberoi (Chelsea and Fulham) is a former corporate broker who was jailed for insider trading.
Jackie Schneider (Wimbledon) called the Queen a “welfare scrounger” on social media.
Jane Aichison (Putney) compared celebrating the death of Tony Blair to that of Adolf Hitler.
Ruth Alcroft, (Carlisle) claimed antisemitism was being used to smear Mr Corbyn. While Sophie Wilson (Rother Valley) made derogatory comments about women campaigning against a strip club.
Liz Truss, Minister for Women and Equalities, said: “They are not fit to serve in Parliament.”
Published at Sat, 09 Nov 2019 00:01:00 +0000