Tories wiping out Labours lead as poll firm records narrowest gap

Labour’s lead over the Conservatives has shrunk to 12 points, new polling shows. The survey by Redfield and Wilton Strategies puts Sir Keir Starmer’s party on 44 percent, unchanged from the previous week, while the Tories are on 32 percent, up two points.

It is the narrowest lead for Labour that the polling company has recorded since Rishi Sunak became Prime Minister last October.

When Mr Sunak took over from Liz Truss, the gap between the two parties had been more than 30 points.

The survey of 2,000 British adults, carried out yesterday, also found Mr Sunak’s net approval rating was the highest it has been since January on minus seven percent.

Meanwhile, Sir Keir Starmer’s net approval rating has dropped two points since last week to six percent.

On who would be the better PM, Sir Keir leads Mr Sunak by one point at 37 percent and 36 percent respectively.


Meanwhile, 31 percent of respondents said a Labour majority would be the most likely outcome if a general election was held in the next six months – the lowest number to say they would expect this outcome since September.

Some 11 percent said a Labour-led minority Government, 19 percent a Conservative majority and 14 percent a Tory-led minority Government.

The polling found the economy was the most important issue that would determine how people would vote in a general election at 61 percent.

Healthcare was second on 58 percent, while education and immigration came next with both on 28 percent.

The shrinking gap between Labour and the Tories comes as Mr Sunak is approaching six months in No 10.

The Conservatives and Labour are currently gearing up for England’s local elections on May 4.

In an apparent attempt to manage expectations, Tory chairman Greg Hands yesterday said the Tories are on course to lose more than 1,000 seats.

The Cabinet minister told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme: “The independent expectations are that the Conservatives will lose more than 1,000 seats and that Labour need to make big gains.”

Asked by stand-in host Sir Trevor Phillips whether he might be moved on from his job if the results are dire, Mr Hands said: “Well let’s see Trevor, but what I would say is that those are the independent predictions from the most credible academic sources.”

Meanwhile, Labour has been taking an aggressive approach to campaigning with a series of attack adverts against Mr Sunak which have sparked a backlash from across the political spectrum.

The biggest outcry was prompted by the first ad which claimed the PM did not think child sex abusers should go to prison.

But shadow health secretary Wes Streeting yesterday defiantly insisted there are “more to come”.

The Labour frontbencher said: “I don’t think it was a mistake at all. I absolutely stand by Labour’s ad. And there’s more to come. There’s more to come.

“We are robustly holding the Government to account for 13 years of failure and Rishi Sunak doesn’t get away with coming in at the last minute to replace yet another failing Conservative prime minister to pretend that somehow he’s a clean slate, that he’s different from everything that’s come before.”

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