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

Daily Mail - - Front Page - By Simon Wal­ters

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

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