Conservatives' lead over Labour narrows to 9 points - Survation

Reuters

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party saw its lead over Labour narrow to 9 percentage points in the last week, but remains the front runner ahead of a national election on Dec. 12, a Survation poll for ITV's Good Morning Britain said on Monday.

The poll indicated that the Conservatives were supported by 42% of voters, up 1 point, while Labour rose 3 points to 33%.

The pro-EU Liberal Democrats were down 4 points to 11% and the Brexit Party fell 2 points to 3%, according to the telephone poll conducted between Nov. 26 and Nov. 30.

In other news, the Labour Party said it would cut rail season tickets and peak time fares by a third, saving the average commuter more than 1,000 pounds a year, under its plan to return rail services to public ownership if it wins an election this month.

It said the move, which will apply to regulated fares that make up almost half of all tickets sold from January, would give relief to millions of rail commuters from years of price rises.

Labour has already proposed a host of crowd-pleasing plans - from help to parents with young children to free university education and more money for elderly care - to be paid for by more taxes on high earners and companies.

The rail fare cuts would cost 1.5 billion pounds a year, Labour said, with the money coming from existing Department for Transport budgets funded by road tax.

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