Conservatives ‘chipping away’ at Labour’s lead as poll gives Rishi Sunak hope

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Rishi Sunak has received another boost with the latest Techne UK tracker poll reducing Labour’s lead to the lowest point since he became Prime Minister.

According to the findings of the weekly survey Labour’s lead over the Tories has gone down one point to 13 percent after Sir Keir Starmer’s party’s support fell from 43 percent last week to 42 percent.

The Conservatives stayed the same at 29 percent but the gap has closed by three points in the last week.

The survey findings of 1,632 British voters also put the Lib Dems unchanged on 12 percent, Richard Tice’s Reform UK up one point to 5 percent and the Greens staying the same on 6 percent.

While progress is slow the findings seem to validate private claims by some ministers that Mr Sunak can still lead the party to victory.

Techne UK chief executive Michela Morizzo said that Sunak is “chipping away” at the Labour lead.

She told “Whilst as we move strongly into the summer period, a time traditionally when most people have little interest in politics, it can be readily noticed that the Labour lead over the Conservatives continues to steadily shrink even if this week the trust in Government is one point down.

“It’s also significant the stability of Lib Dems’ voting intention; this means that in some ways they are reinforcing their voters’ base.

“We will look carefully how issues unfold in the weeks ahead.”

A senior told that the local election results were “actually encouraging” despite a net loss of more than 1,000 seats.

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The minister said: “There is actually a lot to be optimistic about. We gained seats in some surprising areas, particularly in some of those old Labour Red Wall areas.

“Where we lost were our traditional areas in the south where essentially Conservatives were far more complacent.

“We definitely can still win next year and the polls are slowly moving our way.”

However, if this poll were the result of a general election, according to Electoral Calculus, Labour would have a majority of 128 while the Tories would lose almost exactly half their seats leaving them on 183.

The polling though shows that almost seven in 10 (68 percent) of the 2019 Tory voters are sticking with the party.

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Despite being seen as the most Brexit-supporting of the main parties, the Conservatives still only have the support of 48 percent of 2016 Leave voters.

Labour is ahead in every age group apart from pensioners aged 65 and over where the Conservatives lead by 39 percent to 37 percent.

Among young voters aged between 18 and 34, Labour claims 52 percent to the Conservatives’ 19 percent.

Labour is even ahead in the wealthiest categories of voters by 36 percent to 35 percent, underlining that the Conservatives still have a lot of work to do.

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