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Labour and the Tories lose voters as Brexit Party holds poll lead

Labour and the Conservatives are showing no sign of recovering popularity among voters as the Brexit Party continues to lead the way, a new poll suggests.

Nigel Farage’s infant outfit remains the best-backed party ahead of the next election with more than a quarter (26 per cent) of voters supporting it, according to analysis by YouGov for the Times.

And the Remainer Lib Dems has surged clear into second place on 22 per cent, up from 20 per cent last week.

In contrast Labour and the Tories have both lost support as they continue to argue in plain sight over Brexit.

In an alarming development for Labour as it continues to sit on the fence over leaving the EU it fell from 20 per cent to just 18 per cent.

But in a sign that will be picked up and amplified by candidates in the Tory leadership race the Conservatives fell  from 18 per cent to 17 per cent to remain in fourth place.

Nigel Farage's infant outfit remains the best-backed party ahead of the next election with more than a quarter (26 per cent) of voters supporting it

Nigel Farage’s infant outfit remains the best-backed party ahead of the next election with more than a quarter (26 per cent) of voters supporting it

The poll came as  leadership race favourite Boris Johnson today bowed to pressure and agreed to take part in a live televised debate after being accused of being a coward and hiding by rivals as the race to replace Theresa May turned nasty.

How will the Tory leader battle play out? 

JUNE 18, JUNE 19

The next rounds of voting by MPs will take place. 

Contenders will be hoping to consolidate their support and hoover up votes from those who have been eliminated.

There is also the potential for pacts with candidates who no longer believe they can win. 

THURSDAY, JUNE 20 

After the fifth ballot on this date there will almost certainly only be two candidates left – one of whom is bound to be Boris Johnson. 

JUNE 20 – JULY 22 

Once the final two are decided, they will go to a run-off ballot of the 160,000 Tory members.

There will be a schedule of hustings taking place across the country, as the pair make their case to be the next incumbent at No10. 

WEEK OF JULY 22 

The winner is due to be declared this week.

They will take over from Theresa May as PM shortly afterwards – probably in time to take a session of PMQs before the Commons breaks up for its summer recess. 

But the former foreign secretary has snubbed the first planned multi-candidate programme, due to be broadcast on Channel 4 on Sunday, saying he will instead appear in a second event the BBC on Tuesday.

The move means he will will face a less crowded field of opponents. It takes place almost immediately after the next round of leadership votes, in which several of the six remaining candidates are expected to fail to meet the 33 vote target to progress to round three.

A Channel 4 spokesman said: ‘We are disappointed that Mr Johnson will not be taking part in the debate to face members of the public for full scrutiny alongside the other candidates.

‘There will be a lectern available if he changes his mind.’

Mr Johnson’s announcement, made to the BBC, came after he was taunted by Jeremy Hunt over his failure to commit to going head-to-head with other challengers for the Tory leadership.

Rory Stewart performed a screeching u-turn today, saying he would be prepared to serve Boris Johnson if he becomes Prime Minister hours after threatening to set up a rebel Parliament against him.

The International development Secretary, who previously described himself as the ‘anti-Boris’ choice in the race to replace Theresa May, said he would be ‘honoured to serve’ if asked.

He said he would be prepared to take a ministerial post if there was a No Deal Brexit ‘crisis’ – having yesterday launched a blistering on suggestions Mr Johnson might shut down Parliament to get the UK out of the EU by October.  

Sir Vince Cable's Lib Dems, who unveiled Chuka Umunna (right) as their latest MP today, surged clear into second place on 22 per cent, up from 20 per cent last week

Sir Vince Cable’s Lib Dems, who unveiled Chuka Umunna (right) as their latest MP today, surged clear into second place on 22 per cent, up from 20 per cent last week

The poll seems likely to refocus minds in the Tory leadership race, led by some distance by Boris Johnson (pictured today)

The poll seems likely to refocus minds in the Tory leadership race, led by some distance by Boris Johnson (pictured today)

The abrupt change of heart came as Matt Hancock pulled out of the leadership contest – amid squabbling over who should take on runaway favourite  Mr Johnson

The Health Secretary dramatically quit admitting the party was not going to elect him as leader – sparking speculation he could line up behind Jeremy Hunt or Sajid Javid. 

Meanwhile the poll seemed to vindicate Chuka Umunna’s decision to quit Change UK for the Lib dems, with his former home polling just one per cent. 

And Ukip effectively polled zero per cent, YouGov said, after seeing its support flee for Mr Farage’s new party. 

Matt Hancock's decision to withdraw from the leadership race means the remaining candidates are now scrambling to win over his 20 backers

Matt Hancock’s decision to withdraw from the leadership race means the remaining candidates are now scrambling to win over his 20 backers

Stop calling me a c**t, says Jeremy Hunt in plea to broadcasters

Tory leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt has told broadcasters to ‘grow up’ and refrain from pronouncing his surname using its rhyming expletive.

The Foreign Secretary’s name has been mistakenly replaced with the c-word by journalists on both television and radio on numerous occasions.

In an interview with the Telegraph on their Brexit podcast, he said he was often called ‘Jeremy C**t’ at school.

‘I’m used to it. I had this when I was at school. Personally I think people should just grow up and get over the fact that my last name rhymes with a rather unpleasant word,’ he said.

Recently, BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire, addressing Tory MP Steve Brine during her own weekday news and current affairs programme on Tuesday, said: ‘You say the man you are backing, Jeremy C**t… I’m so sorry, Jeremy Hunt’.

She issued a swift apology on air, saying: ‘I’ve never said that before in my life. It’s normally men who say that so I really, really want to apologise.’

It occurred during a four-way debate over who should take over the leadership of the Conservative party.

However, her mistake comes after presenters on Sky News, Channel 4, Channel 5 and the BBC have all fallen foul to the error.

Tory Muslim group chief compares Boris Johnson to HITLER and vows to quit party if ‘insufficiently moral buffoon’ becomes leader

Boris Johnson has been compared to Adolf Hitler by the chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum who vowed to quit the Tories if the frontrunner becomes the party’s next leader.

Mohammed Amin, a Tory party member for 36 years, said the former foreign secretary was a ‘buffoon’ who was not ‘sufficiently moral’ to be prime minister.

He claimed that while Mr Johnson was popular with MPs and Tory members, ‘popularity is not the test’ and added: ‘A lot of Germans thought that Hitler was the right man for them.’

Mr Johnson, who today confirmed he will take part in a televised leadership debate, topped the first round of voting on Thursday after he was backed by 114 Conservative MPs. 

The other Tory contenders for the leadership are now squabbling over who should become Mr Johnson’s main challenger for the keys to Number 10 with his first haul of votes enough to almost guarantee he will be one of the final two candidates. 

Meanwhile, Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, announced he was dropping out of the race and the battle is now on among the other candidates to hoover up the 20 Tory MPs who backed him in the first ballot. 

Mr Johnson provoked widespread criticism after he wrote in a column for The Telegraph last August that Muslim women who wore burkas looked like ‘letter boxes’ and ‘bank robbers’. 

Mohammed Amin, a Tory party member for 36 years, said on Radio 4's Today programme the former foreign secretary was a 'buffoon' who was not 'sufficiently moral' to be prime minister

Mohammed Amin, a Tory party member for 36 years, said on Radio 4’s Today programme the former foreign secretary was a ‘buffoon’ who was not ‘sufficiently moral’ to be prime minister

Who is Mohammed Amin?

 A Labour supporter in the 1970s, he then joined the Liberal Party before resigning his membership and joining the Tories in 1983.

He attended his first Conservative Party conference in 1984 but after joining Price Waterhouse in 1987 he did not attend again until 2008 as he pursued his professional career as an accountant.

He was introduced to the Conservative Muslim Forum in 2006 and has served as its chairman since June 2014.

He was awarded an MBE in 2016 for services to inter-faith relations in Greater Manchester.

Mr Amin has previously been named as one of the 100 most influential Muslims in Britain. 

Born in Pakistan, he moved to the UK in 1952 before his second birthday.

He is married and has four children. 

His candidacy took a hit this morning as Mr Amin compared the former mayor of London to the Nazi leader.

‘There are many horrible people who have been popular,’ he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

‘Popularity is not the test. The test is, is this person sufficiently moral to be prime minister, and I believe he fails that test.’  

Told that comparing Mr Johnson with Hitler was ‘shocking’, Mr Amin defended his comments and said: ‘I am not saying Boris Johnson wants to send people to the gas chamber, clearly he doesn’t.

‘He’s a buffoon. But he as far as I am concerned has insufficient concern about the nature of truth for me to ever be a member of a party that he leads.’

Mr Amin said he would quit the Tories if Mr Johnson won the battle to take over from Theresa May.

‘I am not prepared to be a member of a party that chooses him as its leader,’ he said.

‘I would resign after 36 years.’

Mr Amin later told Sky News he believed other Muslim members of the Conservative Party would also quit if Mr Johnson wins the leadership election.

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