Alarm bells for Boris as another poll shows a Labor lead in the wake of sleaze row and Tory strife… with Starmer’s approval levels soaring
- Another poll has shown Labor lead after Boris Johnson was hit by sleaze chaos
- According to opinion, Keir Starmer’s party has increased the lead from one to two points
- In addition to sleaze, Mr. Johnson has faced power struggles over social care and railroad plans
The lasting damage to Boris Johnson from the sleaze chaos and power struggle between Tories was underlined today when a poll showed that Labor was gaining ground.
The latest Opinium investigation gave Keir Starmer’s game a two-point lead, extending the one-point lead from two weeks ago.
The Labor leader’s own assessments have also improved dramatically – positive for the first time in six months, while the Prime Minister remains in the doldrums.
About 32 percent approve of Sir Keir’s actions, and 31 percent disapprove of it. But for Mr Johnson, the numbers were 31 percent and 48 percent — a net negative 17 points.
In a crumb of consolation to Mr Johnson, he still has a small lead when voters were asked who they preferred as prime minister, by 29 percent to 27 percent. But the highest score was for ‘none of the above’.
The latest Opinium inquiry gave Keir Starmer’s side a two-point lead, consolidating the one-point lead from two weeks ago.
The Labor leader’s own assessments have also improved dramatically – positive for the first time in six months, as the prime minister remains in the doldrums
Conservatives have endured a scorching time in the wake of the prime minister’s failed attempt to save ally Owen Paterson from lobbying punishment.
The resulting outcry and U-turn sparked anger in the Tory ranks, with demands for the overhaul of the bungling No10 machine.
Mr Johnson is also facing deep splits over his social care plans, with a revolt against measures to lower the cap on costs.
And Red Wall MPs were outraged by the decision to cut pledges on NS2 and Northern Powerhouse rail links.
Long-standing tensions have resurfaced between the Prime Minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak over Johnson’s free-spending approach and propensity to blunder.
The warning signs for the Tories came as Mr Johnson faces another major crisis, with two cases of the Omicron Covid variant discovered in the UK.
At a hastily organized press conference in Downing Street last night, the Prime Minister painted a grim picture of the potential threat posed by the new ‘super-mutant’ strain – admitting he cannot guarantee Christmas will go ahead as hoped.
Johnson reversed the unlock when he extended travel bans, enforced day two PCR tests for arrivals in Britain and mandated face masks in shops and on trains.
He stated that all arrivals in the country should self-isolate until they get a negative result from a gold standard test – which can identify the carriers of Omicron.
About 31 percent approved of Mr Johnson’s performance and 48 percent disapproved of it – a net negative of 17 points
All contacts of people infected with the variant must stay at home for 10 days.
Flanked by medical and scientific chiefs Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance, Mr Johnson also announced that face masks will be mandatory on public transport and shops – although struggling bars and restaurants will be spared for now.
But extraordinary, despite the alarm about the new danger, the government has yet to figure out when most of the new restrictions will come into effect.
Mr Javid is expected to clarify the timeline in the coming days with No10 suggesting they will be introduced “next week”.