Support for the Labour Party is at its lowest level since the 2015 election, according to a new ICM poll for the Guardian.
The latest figures put Labour at 25 per cent, the lowest it has been in this particular, regularly repeated poll at any point since Ed Miliband lost the 2015 election.
Labour has fared worse than the 25 per cent figure in other polls by other polling companies, and the 18 per cent deficit to the Tories on 43 per cent has been higher too, but strictly comparing this poll to previous results, Labour has not fared so badly since 1983.
The poll put the Conservatives on 43 per cent, 2 per cent down since two weeks ago. Labour are down 1 point to 25 per cent, Ukip are up one to 11%, the Liberal Democrats are up two to 11 per cent, and the Greens on four per cent have recorded no change.
ICM’s director Martin Boon said support for Labour has only fallen this low only twice since it began conducting regular surveys, in June and August 2009, when Gordon Brown was prime minister and the effects of the credit crunch were at their most severe.
On Sunday, leading psephologist Professor John Curtice predicted Labour could lose between 50 and 100 seats in next month’s local elections.
ICM Unlimited interviewed 2,005 adults aged 18+ online from 31 March to 2 April 2017.
On Monday afternoon it was reported that Gavin Sibthorpe, a Corbyn advisor on ‘dress sense’ who told a Vice news documentary that Jeremy Corbyn should be left to ‘fain in his own time,’ had handed in his notice to the leader’s office.
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