Labour now has a six-point lead over the Tories, new poll finds

Figures show a swing of eight points for Jeremy Corbyn's party since the general election 

Sunday 11 June 2017 16:38
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Labour is now ahead of the Tories for the first time since Jeremy Corbyn became leader, a new poll has found.

Mr Corbyn’s party is now polling at 45 per cent, six points ahead of the Tories who are lagging behind on 39 per cent.

The Survation poll, conducted for the Mail on Sunday, shows a swing of eight points in Labour’s favour since the general election on 8 June.

Labour has now overtaken the Tories despite being more than 20 points behind when Theresa May first called for a general election.

The news comes as Ms May is expected to enter a “confidence and supply” arrangement with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in an attempt to shore up her position as Prime Minister.

The Tories fell short of a majority in the general election, losing 13 seats, and it is now expected they will now be running a minority government via a non-binding agreement with the DUP.

Under the confidence and supply deal, the DUP would not have any of its MPs become government or cabinet ministers but would support Conservative legislation on a case-by-case basis.

It potentially hands the party more leverage over the Conservatives than a formal coalition in which they would become part of the government.

The move has been met with widespread criticism, as questions have been raised about the DUP’s stance on homosexuality and abortion.

Anti-DUP protestors stood outside the Downing Street gates on 10 June and chanted “Tories out, refugees in” and “Tories out, Corbyn in”.

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