Election 2017: Labour slashes Tory lead by five points to hit new campaign high, latest poll shows

Jeremy Corbyn's party has now made up a total of 10 points on the Conservatives since the election was announced

Jon Sharman
Thursday 18 May 2017 15:30 BST
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Labour has cut the Conservatives' poll lead again as support for Jeremy Corbyn's party reached its highest point of the general election campaign so far.

The Tories are on 45 per cent, down four points since last week, while Labour was on 32, up one point - leaving Theresa May's party with a 13-point lead.

The YouGov poll, conducted for The Times, was taken on 16 and 17 May, when Labour's manifesto was making news.

Labour has climbed from 29 points to 32 since early this month with YouGov, the highest during the campaign so far.

In the days after Theresa May announced June's snap election, Labour was polling only 25 per cent to the Tories' 48.

According to The Times, the poll showed voters appeared to trust Labour to manage the NHS, schools and housing, rather than the Conservatives. That was reversed on the economy, immigration and unemployment.

The poll found 46 per cent of voters wanted Ms May in Downing Street after 8 June, compared to 23 per cent for Mr Corbyn.

It comes after Len McClusky, head of the Unite union and one of Mr Corbyn's biggest backers, said on Tuesday he thought it would constitute a "successful campaign" if Labour won 200 seats at the general election, down from the 232 it currently holds.

Mr McCluskey claimed traditional Labour voters considering the Conservatives for the first time were having "their mind turned by the constant attack of the media on Jeremy Corbyn and the image that they’ve pinned on Jeremy".

A separate poll found that fewer people would consider voting Labour if Tony Blair were in charge instead of Mr Corbyn. The current leader was also more popular than Ed Miliband and London mayor Sadiq Khan.

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