Sensational poll puts Independent Group in THIRD place on 14 per cent – ahead of the Lib Dems and pulling support from BOTH Labour and Tory
- YouGov poll puts the new Independent Group in third place on 14 per cent
- Research suggests it is pulling support from Tory, Labour and Lib Dem parties
- Poll was carried out before three Tory MPs quit and joined the new group
- Group was only launched on Monday but has surged up the political agenda
A snap poll has suggested the new Independent Group would be backed by 14 per cent of voters just three days after it launched.
The extraordinary figures in a YouGov poll for The Times suggest the centrist party is in third place.
Crucially, it appears to be pulling support from both the Tories, who score 38 per cent, and particularly Labour, who plunge to 26 per cent.
The last regular YouGov poll had the Tories on 41 per cent and Labour on 33 per cent.
The poll was carried out on Monday and Tuesday – when the group was only made up of ex-Labour MPs.
A snap poll has suggested the new Independent Group would be backed by 14 per cent of voters just three days after it launched
YouGov said: ‘Compared to our current voting intention figures, it’s clear that the Independent Group are taking support from the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats – though it’s Labour who take the biggest knock.
‘Note that much of the difference is not down to votes transferring to the new party, but because many current Labour voters say they don’t know who they would vote for in that scenario.
‘This is to be expected – while the split has happened, The Independent Group don’t yet have a leader, don’t yet have policies and are not yet even a political party.’
The pollster added: ‘It’s also worth bearing in mind that this poll was conducted on Monday and Tuesday, when the Independent Group was made up only of former Labour MPs.
‘Today’s subsequent defection of several Conservative MPs may well change how the nascent movement is seen by the public, and make it more attractive to disaffected Conservative voters.
‘It’s far too early to predict the fortunes of the Independent Group – their success or failure will depend not only on public support, but also their relationship with the existing Liberal Democrats: will they end up merging, coming to an agreement or competing against each other?
‘Time will tell, too, how their support is distributed around the UK and how this relates to the unforgiving nature of Britain’s electoral system.
‘All these initial polls can give us is a baseline of support for the Independent Group.’
Three Tory MPs quit the party and defected to the Independent Group today in a humiliating blow for Theresa May. The group are pictured taking their new seats in the Commons. Heidi Allen is in black centre, following by Anna Soubry in bright Blue, and Sarah Wollaston right in a blue scarf.
Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Gavin Shuker, Ann Coffey and Mike Gapes left in rage at Mr Corbyn’s leadership to trigger the historic shift
In a sensational new development today, three ex-Tory MPs took their Commons seats opposite from Theresa May today after defecting to the new Independent Group.
Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen shook hands with their new colleagues before sitting on the Opposition benches for the first time at PMQs.
They shook the Prime Minister less than an hour before the bruising session warning the ‘country deserves better’ from its politics.
Vowing to stand in the ‘centre ground’ in a damning letter to Mrs May the group said they could not remain in the Tories while it was ‘in the grip of the ERG and DUP’.
The move puts rocket boosters under the new political movement that was launched by a ‘gang of seven’ ex-Labour MPs on Monday. It is the biggest split in British politics since 1981 and could set in motion a total realignment of the party system.