UK PM May's Conservatives maintain 14-point lead over Labour: ICM poll

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 30, 2017

The poll put the Conservatives on 46 % and Labour on 32 %, little changed from the previous ICM poll on May 22 which put the Conservatives on 47 % and Labour on 33 %.

The Opinium poll, taken after Monday's suicide bombing in Manchester, also found May's approval ratings had slumped from plus-17 to plus-11 over the week, while Mr Corbyn's rose from minus-18 to minus-11.

When Ms May stunned politicians and financial markets on April 18 with her call for an election, opinion polls suggested she could emulate Margaret Thatcher's 1983 majority of 144 seats or even threaten Tony Blair's 1997 Labour majority of 179 seats.

The direct assault on Mr Corbyn's record came as further polls suggested Labour was eating into Theresa May's lead as the June 8 General Election approaches.

As her lead shrank, Ms May was forced to backtrack on the policy at an appearance before the media at which she appeared flustered and irritated when taking questions from reporters.

Political campaigning was suspended for several days after the Manchester attack but resumed on Friday.

"He could be prime minister in two weeks time and I don't know what he would do on Brexit and neither does the country". I'm fighting this election, Jeremy, on something very important - that is the levels of poverty in our society, the levels of children that are not supported properly in our society.

Pollsters have said their 2015 findings significantly overestimated support for Labour.

Ms Davidson told Sky News the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street with John McDonnell as Chancellor and Diane Abbott as Home Secretary would focus voters' minds ahead of polling day on 8 June.

This weekend's set of surveys show considerable variation, with pollsters ICM and ComRes putting the Tories 14 and 12 points ahead respectively, while YouGov and ORB have narrower leads of seven and six points.

As polls showed the gap between the Conservatives and Labour narrowing, The Sunday Times reports that Tory strategists are returning to the core message of strength and stability as Britain negotiates Brexit.

Its online survey of 2,002 people was carried out between May 23 and 24. But 51 per cent said that Mrs May would make a better PM, compared with 30 per cent for Mr Corbyn. The Sunday Times reported that Mr Timothy was also at loggerheads with Fiona Hill, Mrs May's other joint chief of staff, and Mr Crosby over the original social care plan, which would have seen people facing uncapped costs until they were down to their last £100,000 of assets, including the value of their home.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon dismissed reports the Tories were in disarray over the controversial social care plans as "Westminster tittle tattle".

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