Grim sign for Boris as poll shows Labour has a 13-POINT lead over the Tories in areas of England with local elections next week
There are grim signs for Boris Johnson today ahead of the crucial local elections with a poll showing Labour set to make gains.
Research by Survation found Keir Starmer‘s party has a 13-point advantage in parts of England choosing councillors next Thursday.
Il 46.9 per cento a 33.7 per cent margin is even bigger than the 41 per cento a 32 per cent recorded the last time the seats were contested.
Local elections are taking place across the UK on May 5, con più di 4,000 council seats up for grabs in England.
They include parts of the Red Wall such as Bury, as well as Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and all 32 London boroughs.
Research by Survation found Keir Starmer’s party has a 13-point advantage in parts of England choosing councillors next Thursday
There have been claims that the Tories are facing losing up to 800 posti a sedere – a scale of disaster which Mr Johnson would not be able to dismiss as a mid-term dip.
Experts have pointed out that Labour had a very strong performance in 2018, suggesting the party could struggle to make further big gains – despite polls showing a national lead and massive advantage in London.
Although many of the issues that decide local elections remain the same – such as bin collections and services – they will inevitably be interpreted through the prism of Partygate in the wake of Mr Johnson’s fine.
Restive Conservatives have been holding off a decision on whether to mount a coup until the results come in, meaning the aftermath is likely to be the moment of maximum danger for the PM.
In a number of boroughs such as Wandsworth, Conservative candidates have been adding ‘local’ to ballot papers in an effort to offset the impact of Partygate.
Labour and the Lib Dems have been accused of giving each other clear runs in seats where they are taking on Conservatives.
però, there are signs that Sir Keir party has been struggling in some areas, with mixed results in council by-elections.
:: Survation interviewed 2,587 British adults online between April 22 e 26. Results have been weighted to represent the wider population.
Boris Johnson (pictured campaigning in Burnley yesterday) could face a Tory coup if the results are bad next week