Sunak comeback hits another bump as Labour maintains 14-point lead in polls

Rishi Sunak’s comeback in the polls appears to have stalled again as the latest Techne UK tracker poll reveals Labour is maintaining its 14-point lead.

After the Conservatives made gains in the previous fortnight chipping away at Labour’s lead, both parties actually lost a point in support compared to last week.

According to the survey of 1,630 voters, Labour was on 43 points and the Tories on 29.

The Lib Dems were up one to 12 percent and the Greens also up one to 6 percent, both parties’ highest result in months.

Meanwhile, with Nigel Farage mulling over a political comeback himself, his party Reform UK (formerly the Brexit Party) is stuck on 4 percent.

The results have come in a week where most MPs have taken a holiday with Parliament in recess.

However, the Prime Minister has been busy launching a new policy announcement on vaping and attending a European Political Council meeting in Moldova to discuss the migration crisis and Ukraine.

None of this appears to have impressed voters in a week where Mr Sunak’s government has also been beleaguered by the row over whether his predecessor Boris Johnson’s personal Whatsapp messages should be handed to the Covid Inquiry.

He has also been hit by another Conservative backbench rebellion over inheritance tax.

If this result were to play out in a general election, Labour would have a majority of 152 and the Tories would be reduced to 173 seats, according to prediction website Electoral Calculus.

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Techne UK chief executive Michela Morizzo warned the results showed the Conservatives had a long way to go to win back trust.

She said: “Our regular tracker this week maintains a 14 point lead for the Labour Party. Sir Keir Starmer’s party drops one point in national vote share from 44 percent to 43 percent this week.

“This drop in national vote share of one point is mirrored by Rishi Sunak’s Conservatives who also drop one point in national vote share 30 percent to 29 percent.

“With terrible cost of living pressures, high utility bills and inflation seemingly stuck just above 10 percent these remain incredibly difficult times for Sunak’s Conservative Government. Only time will tell if things can steadily start to improve.”

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The Conservatives still lag behind Labour in every age group apart from voters aged over 64 – where they lead by 39 percent to 35 percent.

Labour still has a huge lead with younger voters, taking 51 percent of 18-to-35-year-olds to the Tories’ 20 percent.

According to this survey, the Conservatives also only held on to two-thirds (67 percent) of their 2019 voters with 18 percent going to Labour and 8 percent to Reform UK.

More than a quarter (26 percent) of 2016 Leave voters now back Labour despite concerns it may slowly take the UK back into the EU.

In this group, the Tories poll less than half with 46 percent despite being the most pro-Brexit main party.

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