POLL: BORIS’S BET PAYS OFF
He gets boost after gamble on suspending Parliament But Javid’s furious with him after Mail’s ‘sacked aide’ scoop
Boris Johnson’s gamble in suspending Parliament to deliver Brexit received a major boost last night.
The Tory poll lead over Labour has nearly doubled in three weeks and most voters think the Queen was right to approve the Prime Minister’s request.
Even a fifth of Labour supporters believe Mr Johnson is doing a good job at No 10. Despite being an Old Etonian, he is seen as having more of the ‘common touch’ than Jeremy Corbyn.
The Survation poll for the Daily Mail is likely to fuel speculation as to how long Mr Corbyn can cling on as Labour leader.
Only a month after taking over at the Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson is already seen as a more suitable prime minister.
The survey puts the Tories on 31 per cent, Labour on 24, the Lib Dems on 21 and Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party on 14.
The Conservative lead is three percentage points higher than on August 11.
However, Mr Johnson – who inherited a six-point deficit from Theresa May – was embroiled in a clash with Sajid Javid last night after the Chancellor confronted him over the firing of one of his
Treasury aides without his knowledge. Sonia Khan was dismissed by the Prime Minister’s chief aide, Dominic Cummings, amid accusations that she had leaked Brexit secrets.
Last night an unrepentant Mr Cummings told colleagues: ‘If you don’t like how I run things, there’s the door – f*** off.’
The drama exposed an apparently growing rift between No 10 and Mr Javid, who faced the embarrassment this week of having details of his spending review leaked by Downing Street before he had approved it.
Nevertheless, Mr Johnson will be buoyed by yesterday’s poll. Tory voters strongly support attempts to crush a move by MPs next week to block a No Deal Brexit.
More than half say Conservative MPs who join the rebellion should be blocked from standing for the party again. Ahead of next week’s Commons showdown over Brexit:
Mr Johnson fuelled speculation about a snap election by announcing £14billion in funding for schools;
He warned of ‘catastrophic’
‘Having the common touch’
damage to democracy if Brexit was blocked;
Former Tory minister Sir Oliver Letwin opened talks with Commons Speaker John Bercow over tabling a vote to potentially delay the UK’s departure;
Sir John Major joined a legal bid to block the PM’s plan to suspend Parliament;
Gordon Brown said EU leaders were now prepared to scrap the October 31 deadline to avoid No Deal;
Jeremy Corbyn called for street protests today against the Prime Minister’s prorogation;
Michael Gove prepared to unveil a £100million No Deal information campaign with the slogan ‘Get Ready’.
The Survation survey suggests the Government’s stance is starting to erode support for Nigel Farage.
Backing for the Brexit Party is down one percentage point since August 11 and is six points lower than it was before Mr Johnson became PM. The prospect of a Tory-Brexit pact to seal a Commons majority is backed by 63 per cent of Tories and 71 per cent of Brexit Party supporters.
The public is split over the suspension of Parliament. Mr Johnson claimed it was needed for a long overdue Queen’s