General election poll: Tories will miss Commons majority by 21 seats, finds latest YouGov survey

New seat prediction sees Theresa May's Conservatives continuing to lead but short of key margin

Joe Watts
Political Editor
Tuesday 06 June 2017 08:21
General Election round-up: June 5

Prime Minister Theresa May is set to fall 21 seats short of a majority in the House of Commons, according to a projection by polling company YouGov.

The study showed that the Conservatives would win 305 seats, fewer than won by David Cameron and shy of the 326 needed to pass laws with a majority.

It follows a string of concerning polls for the Prime Minister, the most recent of which from ICM showed her party's lead further narrowing by one point.

General Election polls and projections: June 5

When Ms May called the election, her party was on course for a landslide win and had poll leads of around 20 points.

On Saturday, YouGov said its model suggested the Conservatives were on course to win 308 seats but the number had fallen by Monday.

The opposition Labour Party is likely to win 268 seats, YouGov's model showed on Monday, up from 261 on Saturday.

Another model, produced by Lord Ashcroft Polls, last week predicted the Conservatives were on course for a majority.

Last week ICM published a poll showing that the Conservatives had a lead of 12 points, but this morning it had narrowed.

The most recent survey showed support for the Conservatives at 45 per cent, unchanged from last week, but Labour was up one point to 34 per cent.

The Conservatives' lead as measured by ICM is wider than in several opinion polls conducted by other firms.

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