Britain’s Labour Party takes 8-point lead over Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party in new YouGov poll


Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader arrives to deliver a speech at a British Chambers of Commerce, Business and Education Summit in London on July 6, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Britain’s Labour Party has taken an eight-point lead over Prime Minister ’s Conservative Party, a new poll shows.
The YouGov poll, released on Thursday, put Labour on 46 percent and the Conservatives on 38 percent.
The Liberal Democrats were on six percent of the vote, while the pro-Brexit Independence Party (UKIP) plunged to four percent.
The amazing turnaround in Labour’s position in the polls comes nearly one month on from the inconclusive June 8 general election.
The Conservatives were enjoying a record surge in April in the polls when May opportunistically called for a snap election in hopes of getting an increased majority that could have strengthened her position before going into two years of intense negotiations with the European Union about Britain’s departure from the bloc.
However, May’s election gamble spectacularly backfired. British voters dealt her a devastating blow, wiping out her parliamentary majority and throwing the country into political turmoil.
Conservatives won 318 seats in the 650-member House of Commons followed by the main opposition Labour Party which clinched 262 seats. May’s party is short of the 326 it needed for an outright majority and fairly down from the 330 seats it had before the election.

British Prime Minister Theresa May (Photo by AFP)

May was forced to seek a contentious supply-and-confidence agreement with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which won 10 seats, in a bid to cling to power – at the cost of £1billion.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to “try to force an early general election” after May lost her parliamentary majority.
Corbyn has said it’s “ludicrous” to suggest May could stay in power and that his party “will challenge this government at every step and try to force an early general election.”

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