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Boris Johnson’s Conservatives continue to surge in the polls and are currently on a 45 percent share of the vote, according to pollsters Redfield and Wilton. The gap to the Labour Party has widened to 11 points, in another damning blow to the leadership of Sir Keir Starmer. The data from May 10 suggested support for the Tories has increased by five points from 40 percent on May 3.
Labour has seen its share of the vote plummet from 38 points to 34 points in the same seven-day period.
The nine-point swing in favour of the Tories also comes amid a disastrous set of local election results for Labour.
The lead in the poll for the Tories is now greater than before the 2019 general election, which saw Mr Johnson win a landslide victory and 80-seat majority in the House of Commons.
Before the December vote, combined data from 13 leading pollsters, including YouGov, BMG and survation, put the Tories on 43 percent.
The mass survey had Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party on just 33 percent.
The latest Redfield and Wilton poll has the Tories on 45 points, which is a larger share of the vote than Tony Blair received in his thumping election victory in 1997.
New Labour won the election with 43.2 a percent share of the vote and this commanded a majority in parliament of 179 MPs.
Political commentator Tom Harwood commented on the results of the poll which was shared by Britain Elects on Twitter.
He wrote: “Oof. Tories polling higher than 2019’s landslide – itself a higher share than even Blair achieved in ’97.”
Labour has lost four successive general elections.
Sir Keir succeeded Mr Corbyn just over a year ago and he spectacularly failed his first test as leader of the opposition in the local elections last Thursday.
Labour relinquished control of eight councils and lost 326 councillors across England.
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The party was also humiliated in the Hartlepool by-election, with the Tories winning the seat for the first time.
Sir Keir took full responsibility for the poor showing at the ballot box and has since made wholesale changes to his shadow cabinet.
Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner has been removed from her roles of party chairwoman and campaign co-ordinator.
Ms Rayner has taken on the role of shadow Cabinet Office minister and shadow first secretary of state.
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Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds was demoted to party chairwoman and replaced by Rachel Reeves.
Veteran chief whip Nick Brown also stood down to be replaced by Alan Campbell.
Sir Keir chaired a meeting with his new top team this morning and outlined the scale of the challenge facing the party.
He added: “To be clear, I take responsibility. Nobody else.
“I lead the Labour Party and it is entirely on me.”
Redfield and Wilton polled 2,000 UK adults on May 10.
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