General Election

Labour Is Catching Up with the Tories in the Polls

Thanks to Theresa Mays U-turn, Labour has surged ahead.

by Amy Walker
26 May 2017, 9:34am

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with former Labour deputy prime minister John Prescott. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/PA Images

Labour has cut the Conservatives' lead to just five points in the general election polls, the latest YouGov/Times results show.

The Conservative party fell one point, to 43 percent, while Labour gained three points since the end of last week, reaching 38 percent of the vote. The Liberal Democrats were up one point to 10 percent, and UKIP also gained one point to reach four percent.

The party has made consistent gains in recent weeks, and this is the best poll result for Labour since Corbyn became leader, and the first time Labour has narrowed the gap to single figures since Theresa May called the snap election on the 18th of April.

The latest poll comes in the wake of Theresa May's U-turn over her "dementia tax", only four days after she set out the Tories' plans in her election manifesto. Another poll, taken after the launch of the Tory manifesto, found that 28 percent of voters said they were less likely to vote Conservative because of the pledges for social care.

The figures come as Corbyn prepares to claim a link between "wars our government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home" today, as he relaunches Labour's election campaign after the three-day pause following the Manchester suicide bombing on Monday.

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