Labor on track to lose DOZENS seats in Red Wall councils to Tories, poll reveals

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Labor is on track to lose dozens of seats on Red Wall councils to the Tories in next week’s local elections, a YouGov poll has revealed.

The investigation found that major fringe players, including Dudley, Northumberland and Derby, are expected to be won by the Conservatives, who are also likely to be the largest party in Bolton.

Former red strongholds like Bury, Hyndburn and Lincoln are likely to fall, as are endangered majorities in places like Sheffield, Warrington and Wolverhampton.

If such results materialize in the North, it will increase pressure on leader Sir Keir Starmer, who was campaigning today in Hartlepool, and raise concerns that the party would not be able to participate in the next general election.

The scathing poll found that more than half of those polled felt that the party didn’t understand people like it, and only one in five said it did.

Asked if Sir Keir was a better leader than his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn, 40 percent said he was, but nearly a third thought he had not been better or worse, and about 48 percent believed that Labor would not be able to to form a competent government.

Sir Keir Starmer, Labor Party leader (L) and Dr.  Paul Williams, Labor Party candidate for Hartlepool (R), visits the Liberty Steal Mill in Hartlepool today

Sir Keir Starmer, Labor Party leader (L) and Dr. Paul Williams, Labor Party candidate for Hartlepool (R), visits the Liberty Steal Mill in Hartlepool today

A senior Labor MP from the left told the Times Sir Keir should consider resigning if more ground were to be lost in key areas in the north and inland.

“If it doesn’t work, he has to let someone else in who will make the required changes,” they said.

Meanwhile, a Red Wall Tory added, “There is concern among colleagues that if we win Hartlepool, Starmer would quit – and that would be a shame for us.”

However, another poll produced by the Daily Mail found that the Tory party’s lead over Labor has diminished to just one percentage point and the prime minister’s popularity has fallen in the wake of revelations about his Downing Street apartment renovation.

But it also found that Boris Johnson enjoys overwhelming public support for his successful vaccine rollout and continues to be seen as a more effective leader than his opponent.

The Survation poll – commissioned by the Mail ahead of the local and mayoral elections next week – shows that the Tories’ lead over Labor has fallen from six points in a week.

Concerning Mr. Johnson, only 25 percent of respondents believe he upholds the highest standards in public life, 29 percent think he is trustworthy, and 30 percent say he generally speaks the truth.

Despite the prime minister’s emphatic denial, many more people believe he said he would rather “ pile up the bodies high ” rather than another lockdown than those who didn’t.

The Survation poll - commissioned by the Mail ahead of the local and mayoral elections next week - shows that the Tories' lead over Labor has fallen from six points in a week.

The Survation poll - commissioned by the Mail ahead of the local and mayoral elections next week - shows that the Tories' lead over Labor has fallen from six points in a week.

The Survation poll – commissioned by the Mail ahead of the local and mayoral elections next week – shows that the Tories’ lead over Labor has fallen from six points in a week.

And a clear majority of those who followed the story – 58 percent – believe he behaved inappropriately about Downing Street’s controversial renovation.

However, the poll shows overwhelming public support for the government’s vaccination program.

About 72 percent believe pastors got it right, nearly four times as many as the 19 percent who think it could have been better.

Mr. Johnson also came out on top when voters were asked who would be the best prime minister. About 41 percent think so, while Sir Keir is 33 percent the preferred candidate.

The lead is a point lower than a nine-point lead a week ago, and the 14-point lead Mr. Johnson enjoyed in Survation polls a week earlier.

Voters are divided on how they think the government is handling the Covid pandemic in general: 45 percent say they are doing it right, while the same part say they have done it badly.

The Mail has reported a series of revelations about the renovation of the 11 Downing Street flat, which the Prime Minister shares with his fiancé Carrie Symonds and their son Wilfred.

Mr Johnson has insisted that there is ‘nothing to be seen’ as he has now paid the £ 58,000 overage on the apartment. However, several official investigations into the matter are underway, including one by the Electoral Commission.

Mr. Johnson also came out on top when voters were asked who would make the best prime minister.  About 41 percent think so, while Sir Keir is 33 percent the preferred candidate

Mr. Johnson also came out on top when voters were asked who would make the best prime minister.  About 41 percent think so, while Sir Keir is 33 percent the preferred candidate

Mr. Johnson also came out on top when voters were asked who would make the best prime minister. About 41 percent think so, while Sir Keir is 33 percent the preferred candidate

Today’s poll shows that 39 percent would vote for Tory if elections were held tomorrow, with Labor at 38 percent.

Mr. Johnson now has a net favorable rating of minus 7 percent. About 39 percent have a positive image of him, compared to 46 percent who don’t.

Sir Keir’s rating is minus 4 percent – the first time he beat the Prime Minister in the approval ratings since January.

The general government rating is minus 3 percent (39 percent to 42 percent).

In the wake of the Downing Street revelations, and accusations of his language in the run-up to last fall’s second lockdown, the poll shows that the majority of the public consider the prime minister unreliable (55 percent).

And 58 percent said they believe Johnson gets away with things that other politicians couldn’t.

When people were asked if they believe the prime minister is generally speaking the truth, 53 percent said no and only 30 percent said yes.

When asked if he is an effective leader, Mr. Johnson comes out on top against his Labor counterpart, with 43 percent saying he is compared to 30 percent for Sir Keir.

It is worrying to Mr. Johnson that only 25 percent of respondents believe he is upholding the highest standards in public life

It is worrying to Mr. Johnson that only 25 percent of respondents believe he is upholding the highest standards in public life

It is worrying to Mr. Johnson that only 25 percent of respondents believe he is upholding the highest standards in public life

Across voters, more people believe that reports – first revealed in the Mail this week – that Mr. Johnson told his colleagues that he would rather “stack bodies high on top of each other” than impose a third lockdown (48 percent to 30 percent).

A significant minority of voters who supported the Tories in the 2019 general election (30 percent) also believe this.

About 58 percent believe Mr. Johnson behaved inappropriately while renovating his condo, including 37 percent of the Tories.

However, the public narrowly backed the Prime Minister over his texts to manufacturer Sir James Dyson, who was asked to build fans in the first wave and assured his employees would not face an additional tax burden. About 39 percent said it was appropriate, versus 38 percent who said it was not.

Overall, the poll found that 32 percent believed that recent allegations against Mr. Johnson had made them less likely to vote for Tory.

The poll also found that 39 percent believe Miss Symonds wields too much power on Downing Street, against 22 percent who don’t. The rest knew or had not heard of her.

Damian Lyons Lowe, Survation’s chief executive, said: “ While just one poll, with a margin of error of up to 4 percent, the Conservative party’s diminishing lead over Labor is supported by other measures of personal and governmental approval that reflect a recent decline after a particularly strong turnaround for the government this year. ‘

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