PM May main­tains strong lead

New Straits Times - - World -

LON­DON: Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May main­tained her strong lead in opin­ion polls ahead of next month’s na­tional elec­tion, with one an­a­lyst say­ing she was on course for the kind of huge suc­cess Mar­garet Thatcher en­joyed over 30 years ago.

May asked vot­ers to strengthen her hand as she sought a man­date for her plan to im­ple­ment the re­sult of last year’s Brexit ref­er­en­dum by quit­ting the Euro­pean Union’s sin­gle mar­ket.

Her Con­ser­va­tive Party made big gains in lo­cal elec­tions last Thurs­day at the ex­pense of main op­po­si­tion Labour party and polls pub­lished at the week­end, con­ducted be­fore­hand, showed her with a com­mand­ing lead of up to 19 per­cent­age points.

May has a work­ing ma­jor­ity of less than 20 seats in the 650-seat par­lia­ment, but polling an­a­lysts have pre­dicted she could in­crease that num­ber by as many as 100 in the June 8 elec­tion. Reuters

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