The Tories are in the lead in the polls for the first time since their disastrous General Election result.
Theresa May’s Brexit deal appears to have led to a small bounce for her party with YouGov putting them on 42 per cent – a single point ahead of Labour on 41 per cent.
Another poll by ICM also has the Tories on 42 per cent – two points ahead ofJeremy Corbyn’s party on 40 per cent.
It comes just days after reports that fed-up Tory MPs were plotting to launch a bid to oust her from the top job this side of Christmas.
Meanwhile, Tory grandee William Hague has urged the PM to bring in some new blood in a New Year reshuffle in order to rejuvenate the top ranks of the party.
A YouGov poll out today has put the Tories on 42 per cent – a single point ahead of Labour on 41 per cent
The former Conservative leader said Mrs May must clear the decks to allow talented Tories elected in 2015 and 2010 to have a shot at a ministerial job.
The PM has faced growing calls to freshen up her ministerial team after her election campaign was attacked for being lacklustre and failing to offer anything to young people.
But he poured cold water on speculation he could make a stunning comeback to Cabinet as the de facto deputy PM if Damian Green is forced out by an investigation into claims he had porn on his office computer.
Writing in The Telegraph, Lord Hague said: ‘A shuffle is always tricky when every vote is needed, but it is essential to bring on the extensive future talent of the Tory Party.
‘I have read that I should return to government as an old hand, but I have mentally moved on and will most definitely not be doing so.
Two separate polls has Theresa May’s Tories ahead of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party in the polls for the first time since the General Election
Tory grandee William Hague has urged the PM to bring in some new blood in a New Year reshuffle in order to rejuvenate the top ranks of the party
‘It is a great strength that excellent new MPs were elected in the last three elections – advancing five or six of them into the public gaze would be a service to party and country.
‘If Conservatives can advance on all these fronts, they can then do what is always a good idea in politics: to take the war to the enemy.’
Mrs May had a 20-point lead over Jeremy Corbyn at one point during the General Election campaign.
But speculation she was in line for a landslide victory quickly dissipated as a boring campaign and unpopular manifesto saw her ratings steadily tumble. The Tories have trailed against Labour since the election.
In the YouGov poll of 1,680 adults compiled for The Times newspaper and out today, the party was on 42 per cent – up two points compared to a survey by the pollsters a week ago.
The poll has the Liberal Democrats not moving on 7 per cent and ‘other’ is on 11 points.
Meanwhile, a separate poll by ICM for The Guardian newspaper has the Tories up two points on 42 per cent, with Labour on 40 per cent.
It put the Lib Dems on eight per cent and Ukip on five per cent and the Greens on two per cent.