Boris Johnson enjoys honeymoon with voters as poll shows Tories 17 POINTS ahead of Labour – amid warnings picking wrong successor to Jeremy Corbyn could doom the party
- Poll shows Boris Johnson enjoying honeymoon with voters after winning election
- Opinium survey finds Tories are now 17 points ahead of struggling Labour Party
- Labour is in middle of a civil war as it chooses a successor for Jeremy Corbyn
Boris Johnson is enjoying a honeymoon with voters that has extended the Tories’ huge poll lead over Labour.
The Conservatives now have a massive 17-point advantage, according to the latest research by Opinium – up from around 12 points at the election.
Some 42 per cent also said they thought Mr Johnson was performing better as PM than they had expected.
The findings come as Labour descends into a bitter civil war over who should take over from Jeremy Corbyn in the wake of his trouncing on December 12.
Senior figures have raised fears that choosing the wrong leader could doom the party to irrelevance – as the hard-Left tries to cling on to control.
he Conservatives now have a massive 17-point advantage, according to the latest research by Opinium
Although voting intention is regarded as very volatile when an election is not imminent, the latest poll gives an indication of the challenge Labour faces to become competitive again.
The Tories were up on 47 per cent support, while Labour had slipped three points to 30 per cent.
The Lib Dems were also down three points to just 9 per cent backing.
Some 42 per cent said the PM was doing better than they had anticipated, compared to a third who thought he was meeting expectations or falling short of them.
Mr Johnson signalled his determination to cement the Conservatives’ hold on their new political heartlands in the north and midlands today.
Ministers have hailed efforts to ‘connect with the whole of the country’ after the PM ordered detailed work on the practicalities of putting the Lords in Yorkshire.
The plans have gone as far as identifying disused land owned by the government near York railway station as a potential site, according to the Sunday Times.
The Commons could also go ‘on tour’, holding debates away from London, in a bid to reconnect democracy to the wider UK.
International Development Secretary Alok Sharma said he was ‘supportive’ of the relocation and in principle it would be a ‘very good thing’.
And Tory chairman James Cleverly told Sky News’ Ridge on Sunday: ‘What we are looking at is a whole range of options on making sure the whole of the UK feels properly connected to politics.’
The battle to succeed Jeremy Corbyn has entered a new phase, with the first hustings in Liverpool yesterday. Pictured are (left to right) Rebecca Long-Bailey, Jess Phillips, Emily Thornberry, Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir
Jeremy Corbyn (pictured in the Commons last week) is due to make way for a successor as Labour leader in April
Pressed on whether the government would move the Lords, he said: ‘We might. It is one of a range of things that we are looking at.’
Adam Drummond, head of political polling at Opinium, said: ‘Voting intention with nearly five years to go before another general election isn’t the most predictive exercise but the takeaway from these results are that Boris Johnson has yet to do anything to annoy the diverse coalition that gave the Conservatives such a substantial majority in December.
‘The key factors will be whether or not they are able to deliver a benefit to those traditional Labour voters who backed the Conservatives for the first time in 2019 and whether Labour’s next leader is able to capitalise on any mistakes.’
:: Opinium carried out an online survey of 2,003 UK adults between January 15 and 17. Results have been weighted to represent the wider population.
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