Shock poll puts Labour in front of Tories

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor

Labour are ahead in a poll for the first time since Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the party, heaping more bad news on the Chancellor.

The poll results will make grim reading for the Conservative party who have lost a lot of support over their cruel cuts to benefits to people with disabilities.

The YouGov poll held after Wednesday’s Budget announcement put Labour in the lead on 34 per cent, the Tories 33 per cent, UKIP 16 per cent and the Lib Dems are way back on six per cent.

A paltry 13 per cent said cutting PIP disability benefits was a good idea, while only 14 per cent back the plan to force all English schools into academy status.

Just over half (51 per cent) said the Tory Government was handling the economy badly.

It comes just days after an ICM put Labour level with the Tories party on 36% apiece, the pollsters called it a rogue poll, but perhaps it was a signal that voters are beginning to turn their backs on the Conservative Government.

The firm polling firm, YouGov, said: “Under normal circumstances, we might not have been surprised to see a collapse in the government share.

“We have an unprecedented level of division within the Conservative Party over the EU, a battle which is very much being fought front and centre with the current Prime Minister on one side and a Prime Ministerial hopeful on the other.

“Under such circumstances, polling support tends to suffer – there’s nothing worse than party disunity to prompt a polling freefall.”

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