Poll claims Labour is still gaining ground on the Tories

Andy Wells

A new poll released today has shown that Labour is continuing to close the gap with the Tories as the General Election looms closer.

The poll by Survation for ITV’s Good Morning Britain (GMB) puts Labour on 37%, up three points on a week ago and six points behind the Tories, whose position remains unchanged on 43%.

The Liberal Democrats on 8% and Ukip on 4% are both unchanged while the SNP are down one on 2% and the Greens are also down one on 1%.

Theresa May remains more popular than Jeremy Corbyn despite an increase in support for Labour (Rex)

Support for Jeremy Corbyn continues to grow from an initially low postition, with 30% thinking he would make the best Prime Minister – an increase of nine points since a GMB/Survation poll on May 5 and 6.

Despite the Labour fightback, Theresa May continues to be popular, with 53% believing she would make the best Prime Minister, according to the poll.

The findings come after a clutch of polls at the weekend showed Labour gaining ground, with the Conservative lead down to single figures.

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However, poll critics argue that Labour support matters more in marginal seats – something which national polls do not necessarily reflect.

The Tories are still predicted to win a majority, but Tory high command have been rocked by Labour’s fightback.

Theresa May was forced to make a significant u-turn last week after the announcement of a controversial social care policy in the Conservative manifesto.

Jeremy Corbyn’s links with the IRA have been firmly put into the spotlight as the General Election campaign – briefly halted after last week’s terror attack in Manchester – gets back on track in the penultimate week.

Top pic: Rex

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