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The Conservatives are in for a “difficult night” in Thursday’s local elections, a senior party figure has admitted.
Deputy chairwoman Helen Whately admitted the poll will be a chance to “kick the government”, amid predictions of a backlash over the delay to Brexit.
Prime Minister Theresa May requested a second delay to Britain’s departure earlier this month. The EU agreed and the UK is now due to leave on 31 October – seven months later than originally planned.
The MP for Faversham and Mid Kent said she had seen “more anger than before” on the doorstep, but stressed it was frustration with politicians in general and not just her party.
Jeremy Corbyn told to back the second referendum to halt the surge in support for former Ukip leader … By Ned Simons/Huffpost
Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party has opened up a five-point lead in the polls ahead of next months European elections.
A YouGov poll, commissioned by the People’s Vote campaign, puts the Brexit Party on 27%, ahead of Labour on 22% with the Conservatives trailing on 15%.
The survey put the Lib Dems on 9%, the Greens on 10% and Ukip on 7%.
Change UK, the party formed from The Independent Group of ex-Tory and ex-Labour MPs, was trailing on just 6%.
It came as Vince Cable said the pro-Remain parties would have been better “fighting together under the same banner” in the elections on May 23.
oll of polls for The Sunday Telegraph predicts the Conservatives would lose 59 seats if a vote were held today, making Labour the largest party in the Commons. This would not be enough to secure Corbyn a working majority but would put him in prime position to agree a power-sharing deal with other progressive parties such as the SNP, Lib Dems or Change UK.