UK PM May´s lead halves to 5 points - Kantar poll

Gladys Abbott
June 8, 2017

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When May called the snap vote in April, presenting herself as the strong leader to take Britain into Brexit talks, opinion poll ratings for the premier and her center-right Conservative party were sky high.

Ms May has seen her once-commanding lead over the Labour Party and Mr Corbyn narrow sharply since she surprised nearly everyone by calling a snap election in April.

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However half (50%) said their opinion of May has fallen and almost a third (30%) felt the opposite about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Jeremy Corbyn remained the most tweeted-about leader on the campaign trail as the General Election neared its end, analysis of Twitter data by the Press Association has found.

Labour also received the most mentions of the 11 biggest parties in Britain, with a 44% share compared to the Conservatives' 37%.

YouGov also made some changes to its method for its final poll: "The first is that rather than asking people which party they'd vote for, we showed respondents a list of the people actually standing in their constituency and asked which one they would vote for".

Her government also came under fire after police admitted that another London Bridge attacker and the Manchester suicide bomber were known to security agencies.

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY, on how she would rip up the country's human rights laws to beat terrorism.

Polls will be open Thursday from 7 a.m.to 10 p.m., with all 650 seats in the House of Commons up for grabs.

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She became prime minister through a Conservative Party leadership contest when predecessor David Cameron resigned after the referendum, and an early election would give her the chance to gain a personal mandate from voters.

"Get those negotiations wrong and the consequences will be dire", she said.

While the election was widely expected to be fought on the basis of upcoming Brexit negotiations with the European Union, two recent attacks that killed at least 30 people and wounded scores of others brought security to the top of the agenda. Three terror attacks have taken place since March, leaving 34 dead and around 200 injured, and all involved assailants who were known to the authorities.

The Tories are vowing to slash public spending while Labour says it will turn on the tap, pumping billions into education and health care.

Many analysts, as well as some prominent Labour politicians, had forecast electoral meltdown followed by years in the political wilderness unless the party ditches Corbyn and finds a new leader who appeals more to the centre ground of British politics. "Corbyn immediately went on the offensive and said this is largely due to the fact that police numbers have been curbed". He opposed British military interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, wants to scrap Britain's nuclear arsenal and shared platforms with Irish republicans in the years when the IRA was setting off bombs in Britain.

Corbyn has hit back that Conservative fiscal austerity imposed since 2010 has hurt the poor and widened social inequalities. The Daily Mail branded him and senior colleagues "apologists for terror", while the Daily Express exhorted: "Vote May or we face disaster".

Four other polls were expected to be published later on Wednesday, including one from Survation which has put the Conservatives' lead as narrow as just one percentage point.

"When it comes to the election tomorrow, I think the choices and the questions that people need to ask are exactly the same today as they were right at the beginning of the campaign", she told a campaign rally in Norwich, eastern England. "They underestimated the good sense of ordinary people, ordinary people all over Britain". She was accused of running a tightly controlled and lackluster campaign, and unveiled several policies - including hits on pensioners' wallets - that proved unpopular with voters.

Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip were greeted with jeers of "Vote Labour" as they visited a London meat market.

"People fought and died for our right to vote".

The Scottish Labour leader, who has branded the claim a "categoric lie", told MSPs it showed the FM would "say anything to deflect from the SNP's appalling record in office".

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