Oh dear, Keir! Labour humiliated as party plunges in poll to trail Boris Johnson

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The Labour leader has been working hard to make inroads into the huge lead the Prime Minister and the Tories built up following the general election last December. That appeared to have paid off when Labour recently overtook their rivals in some leading polls as the Government was forced to fight against criticism over its efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. But the latest survey from Savanta ComRes shows that despite the Tories being faced with multiple crises, support for Sir Keir’s Labour Party has quickly fallen away.

The poll, conducted from November 6-8, asked: “If there were a General Election tomorrow to elect MPs to Westminster, which of the following parties do you think you would vote for or would you vote for another party?”

Support for Labour plunged four points from the week before to 36 percent, while the Tories regained the lead from the rivals after remaining on 40 percent.

The Liberal Democrats gained one point to increase their share to eight percent.

Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP remained unchanged on five percent, while the Green Party increased their share by a point to also reach five percent.

The Prime Minister and his Conservative Party have risked the fury of the British population, by placing the country back into a four-week national lockdown in a desperate bid to curb the rapid spread of coronavirus infections.

But at the end of last month, Labour was plunged into crisis after former leader Jeremy Corbyn was suspended, after he said the extent of anti-Semitism in the party had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons”, in response to a report.

His comments came in response to the findings of an 18-month investigation from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which found the party was responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination.

Labour was found to be responsible for three breaches of the Equality Act (2010) relating to: political interference in complaints, failure to provide adequate training to those handling anti-Semitism cases and harassment.

But Mr Corbyn hit back at the report, adding the scale of the anti-Semitism problem in Labour was “dramatically overstated” for political reasons.

Labour then announced the party had “suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation” following his failure to retract the comments.

Elsewhere, Savanta’s Coronavirus Data Tracker shows Mr Johnson’s net approval rating for his handling of the coronavirus crisis has increased five percent from last week, at -16 percent.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s net approval rating has increased by the same margin but remains in negative figures on -17 percent.

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Sir Keir’s net approval rating has increased two percent since last week to stand at 0 percent, while Chancellor rishi sunk is up three points to 12 percent.

Savanta ComRes said in its report: “Rishi Sunak will be encouraged to see that his extension of furlough appears to have been well received, with a 6pt drop since 25th October of those who say that the Government aren’t doing enough to support employees – 38 percent last week vs 44 percent for week ending 25th October.

“Levels of worry and negative impact on mental health have both risen over the past few weeks.

“Nearly half (47 percent) of respondents say they are either very worried or the most worried they have ever been about COVID-19, a steady rise since a low of 38 percent for the week ending 30th August.

“The net personal mental health impact of COVID-19 is at -29 percent for the week ending November 8, the lowest figure since we began tracking in March, while the net impact on physical health is -4 percent, and net impact on job security is -18 percent.”

The report concluded: “It will be a relief in Government that the additional business support announced last week has translated into improved public ratings for the Prime Minister, Chancellor, and the Government as a whole – even if the Chancellor is still the only senior figure to enjoy positive ratings.

“The Government will take good news wherever it can find it, and looking ahead to next week, the question will be whether they can ride the wave of public optimism and good feeling which is bound to follow the announcement of a viable vaccine by Pfizer.”

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