TORY LEAD OVER LABOUR FALLS BY 10 POINTS IN A WEEK
But polls show Conservatives still on course for victory
THREE polls on Saturday showed a rise in support for the opposition Labour party, although the governing Conservative party maintained a commanding lead.
The polls showed that the party of Prime Minister Theresa May remained between 11 and 17 points ahead of Labour, still enough to deliver a clear victory as she seeks a mandate ahead of negotiations over Brexit, due to begin in the summer.
However, polls showed the gap had closed from leads of up to 25 points reported last weekend.
A YouGov poll showed the Conservative lead over Labour had fallen to 13 points, compared with the 23 points that the same polling firm found last week.
The YouGov poll for the Sunday Times found that 44 per cent were set to back the Conservatives, down from 48 per cent last weekend.
Support for Labour climbed to 31 per cent from 25 per cent. May said on April 11 that she wanted to hold an election on June 8 to secure a mandate for her plan for leaving the European Union.
She has sought to portray her Conservative party as the stable option as Britain prepares to start negotiations with the EU over the terms of its departure.
A further tightening in poll ratings might generate more uncertainty over what Britain’s position will be when it begins negotiations next month.
However, despite the narrowing gap, pollsters were divided over whether support for the Conservatives was falling.
An earlier poll by Opinium showed that support for the Conservatives had risen two points. Reuters