Starmer dealt huge blow as Tories gain in poll despite new Labour leader

The first YouGov poll since Sir Keir succeeded Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party has found Boris Johnson has extended his lead in the polls by one point. The survey conducted between April 16-17 has put the Conservatives on 53 percent of the vote, with Labour trailing on 32 percent. The previous YouGov poll on April 2 – when Mr Corbyn was still leader of the opposition – put the Conservatives on 52 percent with Labour on just 28 percent.

Sir Keir has managed to narrow the gap from a 24-point lead to just 21-points – but the Tories continue to surge above 50 points.

The Liberal Democrats are polling on five percent, SNP four percent, and the Green Party three percent.

The former director of public prosecutions and shadow Brexit secretary was elected Labour leader on April 4 and inherits a party which suffered its worst general election defeat since 1935.

A little over two weeks ago Sir Keir secured a landslide victory in the contest against rivals Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy.

The Labour membership elected Sir Keir at the first round with 56.2 percent of the vote.

Sir Keir won 275,780 votes out of the 490,731 returned ballots.

Ms Long-Bailey came second with 135,218 votes (27.6 percent) and Ms Nandy was last with 79,597 (16.2 percent).

In a sign Labour was moving away from the left, Sir Keir won more votes than Mr Corbyn, who in 2015 secured 251,417 of the 422,664 votes cast, but his predecessor won a higher vote share (59.5 percent).

The new Labour leader is yet to officially address parliament as the coronavirus lockdown enters its fourth week.

Today Sir Keir held talks with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab after criticising the Government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He wrote on the Mail on Sunday: “The Government was too slow to enter the lockdown.

“It has been too slow to increase the number of people being tested.

“It has been too slow in getting NHS staff the critical equipment they need to keep them safe. We need to make sure these mistakes are not repeated.

“And this week has exposed how the Government has been too slow to respond to the growing emergency in our social care services.”

He also called for the Government to begin “careful” preparations to exit lockdown measures.


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He added: “Other countries have begun to set out a roadmap to lift restrictions in certain sectors of the economy and for certain services, especially social care, when the time is right.

“This of course must be done in a careful, considered way with public health, scientific evidence and the safety of workers and families at its heart. But the UK Government should be doing likewise.”

Following the discussions with Mr Raab, a spokesman for Sir Keir said he once again raised concerns over PPE and testing but reiterated support for the extended lockdown.

The Department for Health has confirmed as of 5pm on Sunday a further 449 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of fatalities to 16,509.

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