Labour closes on the Conservatives in a THIRD poll as first research done after Boris Johnson’s ‘safety first’ manifesto shows the Tories’ lead narrowing to 11 points
- Jeremy Corbyn climbed two points since both parties released their manifestos
- It is the third poll this week to find the Labour leader creeping up on the PM
- Mr Johnson wrote a cautious manifesto to avoid a disastrous election wobble
Boris Johnson’s strategy to write a cautious manifesto could be about to flop as the first poll conducted since his policies were unveiled showed Labour narrowing in on the Conservatives.
In a survey that will send warning shocks through Tory HQ, Jeremy Corbyn climbed two points following his pledge to turn on the spending taps and fund a string of attractive freebies.
It is the third poll this week to find the Labour leader creeping up on the Prime Minister, who is cranking up his campaign effort to not concede any more of his 11-point lead of 43 percent of votes.
Tonight’s YouGov poll for Sky News – conducted after Mr Johnson revealed his manifesto on Sunday – found his modest policy pamphlet only dealt the Tories a lowly one-point boost.
With Theresa May’s bombshell manifesto still raw in the minds of Conservative top brass, Mr Johnson on Sunday released a ‘safety first’ plan for government of low risk proposals.
Boris Johnson’s strategy to write a cautious manifesto could be about to flop as the first poll conducted since his policies were unveiled showed Labour narrowing the gap on the Conservatives
Alongside his flagship mantra to ‘Get Brexit Done’, one of the PM’s most eye-catching policies was to fund 50,000 more NHS nurses.
But this pledge quickly began to be picked apart when it was pointed out that 18,500 of these nurses are existing NHS staff who the Tories hope to retain.
Whereas his Labour rival appears to have gathered momentum after luring voters with the promise of turning on the spending taps to fund mass giveaways.
A four-day working week, free broadband and a nationalisation whitewash have bolstered his support, despite the handouts projected to rack up of billions in government spending.
And shadow chancellor John McDonnell has also pledged £58billion of state pension compensation to the WASPI women born in the 1950s.
The minor parties are struggling to make any substantial inroads into the Conservative and Labour vote, with Jo Swinson’s Liberal Democrats tumbling three points to 13 per cent.
Nicola Sturgeon, who is facing questions over whether her SNP would prop up a Corbyn government, continues to flag on 4 per cent.
The Greens dropped two points to sit on a dismal 2 per cent.
And the Brexit Party, which this week released their ‘contract’ offer with the electorate, also rose by one point, taking them to 4 per cent – a plummet from the lofty poll heights Nigel Farage reached in May’s European elections.
Mr Johnson (pictured holding a bull in Wales yesterday) has also appeared to stiffen his prime ministerial credentials on the campaign trail recently – 37 per cent of voters believe he would be the best leader in Number 10, up two points from the week before
In a survey that will send warning shocks through Tory HQ, Jeremy Corbyn climbed two points following his eye-catching election pledges of countless freebies which would see the biggest spending splurge in modern times
A second poll from Kantar today also gave the Tories an 11-point lead, but said that 19 per cent of voters are still undecided, making the election all to play for as campaigning enters its final stretch.
Mr Johnson has also appeared to stiffen his prime ministerial credentials on the campaign trail recently – 37 per cent of voters believe he would be the best leader in Number 10, up two points from the week before.
In a blow to Mr Corbyn, more people voted ‘neither’ than him when asked which party leader would make a better PM.
The Tory leader will also be buoyed by the findings that the most important issue to voters is leaving the European Union, playing into the central Conservative campaign message to ‘Get Brexit Done’.
But the NHS, which is more natural campaign turf for Mr Corbyn, is the second most important issue, followed by the economy, immigration, the environment and reducing crime.
According to the poll, an estimated 89 per cent of Conservative voters will flock to polling stations next month, whereas only 75 per cent of Labour supporters will bother to cast their ballots.
Mr Corbyn, who has climbed five points in the last week to hit 32 per cent, is ramping up his call for people to register to vote ahead of tonight’s deadline.