LABOUR VOTE COL­LAPSES IN HEARTLANDS

Boris ahead in dev­as­tat­ing new blow for Cor­byn

Daily Express - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­tyn Brown Po­lit­i­cal Cor­re­spon­dent

SUP­PORT for Jeremy Cor­byn is im­plod­ing across the coun­try, a poll re­vealed last night.

Labour vot­ers are aban­don­ing the Left-wing leader in droves – even in the party’s heartlands.

The Tories are now ahead in al­most ev­ery English re­gion.

The lat­est YouGov sur­vey of 11,590 adults across the UK is a mas­sive tonic for Boris John­son, whose party

now leads in for­mer Labour stronghold­s, in­clud­ing the North-west, York­shire and the Hum­ber.

The Tory gains are be­ing driven by plum­met­ing sup­port for Mr Cor­byn’s party, which has dropped 25 points in the North-west to 30 per cent, leav­ing the Con­ser­va­tives with a nar­row three-point lead.

In York­shire the same pat­tern has put the Tories five points ahead, a re­ver­sal of Labour’s eight-point lead in 2017.

The in­de­pen­dent poll was not com­mis­sioned by any third party and is the first of its kind com­par­ing sup­port now with the 2017 elec­tion.

It came as Labour’s sham­bolic start to the elec­tion cam­paign wors­ened last night amid more dam­ag­ing con­tro­ver­sies sur­round­ing 12 of its elec­tion hope­fuls.

And Mr Cor­byn was fac­ing fur­ther pres­sure over anti-semitism within Labour af­ter one of the party’s most prom­i­nent Jewish fig­ures de­clined to en­dorse him as Prime Min­is­ter.

Dame Mar­garet Hodge – an MP for 25 years – re­fused to be drawn on whether she would pre­fer to see the Labour leader or Boris John­son in No 10, say­ing a govern­ment is “more than any in­di­vid­ual”.

It ap­pears Mr Cor­byn’s un­pop­u­lar­ity, his dither­ing over Brexit and the anti-semitism scan­dal is cut­ting through to vot­ers.

Since the 2017 elec­tion, Labour’s sup­port in their North-east strong­hold has dwin­dled from 55 per cent to 32 per cent, said YouGov.

Mean­while, the Tories have dropped eight points since the last elec­tion to 26 per cent. The re­gion also has the high­est sup­port for the Brexit Party across the coun­try, with 19 per cent.

In Lon­don, which voted heav­ily to re­main, the party has se­cured a ten-point boost to 19 per cent, while Labour re­main the largest on 39 per cent de­spite a 16-point slump since 2017.

In Wales, sup­port for Mr Cor­byn has plum­meted from 49 per cent to 29 per cent, leav­ing his party just one point ahead of the Tories, while the Brexit Party sit on 15 per cent.

But every­where else in the coun­try the Con­ser­va­tives hold a com­mand­ing lead.

In the North West the Tories are on 33 per cent to Labour’s 30 per cent fol­low­ing a 25 per cent col­lapse for Mr Cor­byn’s party.

In York­shire and Hum­ber­side the Tories are on 34 per cent and Labour are on 29 per cent. In the East Mid­lands with the Tories are surg­ing on 45 per cent, 23 points clear of Labour. In the West Mid­lands Mr John­son’s party are at 43 per cent with Labour only on 23 per cent.The Con­ser­va­tives are rid­ing high in East Anglia, the South East and South­West.

A se­nior Tory source said last night: “It’s no sur­prise to see pub­lic opinion mov­ing away from Jeremy Cor­byn’s Labour Party. No one in Bri­tain wants a hard­line so­cial­ist any­where near No 10.”

Chris Cur­tis, of YouGov, said: “The data shows vot­ers have moved away from both ma­jor par­ties across the coun­try. The pic­ture is much worse for Labour.”

Fur­ther pres­sure was mount­ing on Mr Cor­byn last night as it emerged that 12 of his elec­tion can­di­dates have pre­vi­ously been forced to apol­o­gise for a string of racist or foul-mouthed com­ments.

There were calls last night for the so-called “dirty dozen” to be barred from stand­ing in next month’s Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Ian Byrne (Liver­pool West Derby) shared grotesque mes­sages about Tory peer Michelle Mone and Min­is­ter Es­ther McVey. Zarah Sul­tana (Coven­try South), said she would cel­e­brate the death of Tony Blair and for­mer Is­raeli leader

Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu. Ali Milani (Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip), apol­o­gised af­ter spread­ing an­ti­semitic abuse on so­cial me­dia.

Ap­sana Begum, (Po­plar and Lime­house), Kate Linnegar (Swin­don North) and Abby King, (Alder­shot), have pro­voked anger in an anti-semitism row, while a think tank run by Re­becca Gor­donNes­bitt, (Thanet South), tweeted an­tisemitism con­spir­a­cies. Matt Uberoi (Chelsea and Ful­ham) is a for­mer cor­po­rate bro­ker who was jailed for in­sider trad­ing.

Jackie Sch­nei­der (Wim­ble­don)

called the Queen a “welfare scrounger” on so­cial me­dia.

Jane Aichi­son (Put­ney) com­pared cel­e­brat­ing the death of Tony Blair to that of Adolf Hitler.

Ruth Al­croft, (Carlisle) claimed an­tisemitism was be­ing used to smear Mr Cor­byn. While So­phie Wil­son (RotherVal­ley) made deroga­tory com­ments about women cam­paign­ing against a strip club.

Liz Truss, Min­is­ter for Women and Equal­i­ties, said: “They are not fit to serve in Par­lia­ment.”

IT IS still 33 days un­til Gen­eral Elec­tion polling day, but it is clear now that the coun­try in­tends to give Jeremy Cor­byn the greatest vote of no con­fi­dence a party leader has en­dured since the col­lapse of the Lib­eral Party in the 1920s.

A YouGov sur­vey of more than 11,500 vot­ers is damn­ing for Cor­byn’s hard-Left brand of pol­i­tics that would bank­rupt the coun­try not only fi­nan­cially but also morally.

The col­lapse in the Labour vote in ev­ery sin­gle re­gion is al­most un­prece­dented. Parts of the coun­try such as the north-east and north-west of Eng­land, tra­di­tion­ally Labour heartlands, are now more likely to sup­port the Tories and Boris John­son.

Should we be sur­prised? Of course not. The Bri­tish peo­ple more of­ten than not col­lec­tively seem to get the right re­sult and show com­mon sense at the bal­lot box.

They un­der­stand Labour’s be­trayal over Brexit, promis­ing to re­spect the 2016 ref­er­en­dum and then con­tin­u­ously thwart­ing it and now ef­fec­tively work­ing for a Re­main op­tion.

They also un­der­stand the lies Labour are telling about the NHS. Since the 1990s Labour has claimed that vot­ers have days to save the NHS and yet with now suc­ces­sive Tory gov­ern­ments, it is still there and in fact en­joy­ing more in­vest­ment than ever.

As for­mer Labour MP Ian Austin so bravely noted this week, vot­ers have to back Boris for a bet­ter fu­ture, not least be­cause Cor­byn is un­fit to gov­ern.

Dame Mar­garet Hodge

Abby King

Ap­sana Begum

Jane Aichi­son

Ruth Al­croft

Kate Linnegar

So­phie Wil­son

Matt Uberoi

Ian Byrne

Jackie Sch­nei­der

Ali Milani

Zara Sul­tana

Re­becca Gor­don-Nes­bitt

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