Boris Johnson nightmare! Election poll shock as sleaze row dampens Tory support

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Boris Johnson has suffered yet another blow after Labour take a narrow poll lead against his Conservative Party amid the ongoing Tory sleaze scandal. In the recent poll, Mr Johnson’s party was shown to have lost out to the Opposition party for the first time in a year as the allegations of bad practice continue to turn the public against the Tories.

Labour overtook the Tories for the first time in a year, according to a new poll.

The Redfield and Wilton Strategies poll found 38 percent would back the Labour Party if there was an election called – an increase of two percentage points from the last poll published on November 8.

This compared to 36 percent who would back the Conservatives, down one percentage point from the last poll.

The poll, taken on Wednesday, November 10, during a week where MPs’ behaviour has been front and centre of the news agenda, found the sleaze row was having a dampening impact on support for the Tories.

It is the first time since November 2020, in the poll which is carried out roughly every week, where Labour surpassed the Conservatives.

The poll, which involved 1,500 people from across the UK, showed the lowest vote share for the Conservatives since February 2020.

The Liberal Democrats retained the same support as the previous poll at 10 percent, as did the Green Party with six percent support.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) saw support drop by one percentage point to four percent, while Reform UK saw a two percentage point drop to three percent.

Tory support has dropped by a similar degree on another poll, published on Monday.

The Tories had 35 percent support, which was down four percentage points compared to September, according to the Ipsos MORI survey for The Evening Standard.

The survey, conducted from October 29 to November 4, saw no change in the voting intention for the Labour Party from the poll conducted from September 17 to 23 at 36 percent.

The Green Party saw the largest rise between the previous and latest surveys of five percentage points – climbing to 11 percent, according to the poll of 1,007 British adults.

The Liberal Democrats were unchanged on nine percent.

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The latest polls come after Mr Johnson’s attempts to tear up the sleaze rules in a bid to save Owen Paterson.

The move spectacularly backfired and saw the Government reverse its decision amid furious backlash the day after he used the whip to save Mr Paterson from retribution.

Mr Paterson then quit as the MP for North Shropshire, triggering a by-election which will take place next month.

The row has prompted bitter condemnations of other MPs, including Sir Geoffrey Cox who earned more than £1m last year for his legal work outside parliamentary business.

The Prime Minister has refused to apologise for the ongoing scandal, but his Chancellor accepted the Government made a mistake and admitted it needed to “do better”.

Mr Sunak told the BBC: “We do have established independent parliamentary processes that govern all of these things and it’s absolutely right that those are followed to the letter.

“Reflecting on all of these things over recent days, for us as a Government, we need to do better than we did last week and we know that.”

Britons do however trust the Conservative Party to manage the economy, foreign affairs and respond to the Covid crisis the most, according to a Redfield and Wilton Strategies poll published on November 8.

Of the 2,000 people questioned, 35 percent said they would trust the Tories to manage the economy the most, compared to 27 percent for Labour, 18 percent for other and 21 percent who did not know.

When it came to foreign affairs, the Tories were backed by 33 percent, compared to 25 percent for Labour, 18 percent other and 23 percent don’t know.

The Conservative Party ranked as the most trusted in its response to the Covid pandemic with 33 percent backing the party, compared to 25 percent with Labour, 18 percent other and 24 percent don’t know.

The Labour Party was trusted the most when it came to the education system, housing, poverty and support for the NHS.

The poll found the following support for each key issue:

  • Crime: Conservative – 30 percent, Labour – 25 percent, Other – 18 percent and Don’t know – 26 percent
  • Immigration: Conservative – 29 percent, Labour – 26 percent, Other – 20 percent and Don’t know – 25 percent
  • Education system: Conservative – 27 percent, Labour – 32 percent, Other – 19 percent and Don’t know – 23 percent
  • The NHS: Conservative – 27 percent, Labour – 36 percent, Other – 18 percent and Don’t know – 20 percent
  • Housing: Conservative – 23 percent, Labour – 31 percent, Other – 19 percent and Don’t know – 27 percent
  • Poverty: Conservative – 22 percent, Labour – 34 percent, Other – 18 percent and Don’t know – 26 percent
  • The Environment: Conservative – 22 percent, Labour – 20 percent, Green – 26 percent, Other – 13 percent and Don’t know – 19 percent.

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