Poll blow for Labour leader

Elias Hubbard
April 1, 2017

Labour's Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, in comparison, scored +35 and Green co-leader Caroline Lucas secured a +13.

The survey for Queen Mary University London, of more than 1,000 residents in the United Kingdom capital between 24 and 28 March, found that the left-winger's net approval rating was -44.

Labour's lead over the Tories has been shrunk to just three points in the capital, compared to 16 points in April previous year.

Soubry, who was a business minister until previous year, has been a fierce opponent of the way her own Conservative party has handled Brexit since the June referendum.

The Conservatives have gained four points in London, at 34 per cent. Support for Ukip has fallen to nine per cent, from 13 per cent a year ago. Even among Conservatives more think he is doing well than think he is doing badly.

Speaking to BBC's Andrew Neill, he was asked specifically about the issue of a referendum in Northern Ireland, to which he said: "That's up to the people of Northern Ireland to decide".

Some 46 per cent of those questioned said Theresa May was doing well as Prime Minister, giving her a net favourability rating of plus nine.

Soubry's call for a new party was carried in an edition of the New Statesman - the UK's most prominent left-wing periodical - which rallied against the leadership of Labour under Jeremy Corbyn, suggesting it had failed to provide any effective opposition to the Conservatives' attempts to pursue a "hard" Brexit.

But fewer than one in five voters in the capital thought Mr Corbyn was doing a good job, while 62 per cent thought he was doing badly, giving him an overall rating of minus-44.

A poll of London voters by YouGov found that Mr Corbyn is the least popular of all the national party leaders.

Mr Corbyn's score was negative among every political or demographic group in the capital, including age, gender, social class, remainer/leaver, inner/outer London, and party support. This includes those who voted Labour in 2015, among whom he has a rating of -35. The project is led by Professor Philip Cowley, Director of QMUL's Mile End Institute. Total sample size was 1,042 adults. The survey was carried out online.

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