Tuesday 23 July 2019

Tories sink to fourth place in humiliating poll as Farage soars

Nigel Farage: His Brexit Party leads polls ahead of the Liberal Democrats. Photo: PA
Nigel Farage: His Brexit Party leads polls ahead of the Liberal Democrats. Photo: PA

Ashley Cowburn

The plight of the Conservatives has been laid bare as a fresh Westminster election poll shows the party in a humiliating fourth position - trailing Nigel Farage's Brexit Party.

The survey, suggesting many Tory MPs are at risk of losing their seats in a snap election, comes as the party's leadership contest rages on, with six candidates remaining in the race to replace Theresa May in Downing Street.

The poll by YouGov also shows Labour behind the Liberal Democrats, with the unashamedly pro-EU party continuing to enjoy a boost in the wake of its successful set of results at the European elections.

According to the research by YouGov, the Brexit Party is ahead of Westminster's established political parties on 26pc while the Liberal Democrats enjoy 22pc of the vote share.

Labour, which is calling for a general election, is trailing behind in third place, as the Conservative Party is in a humiliating fourth position for a second time, with just 17pc of voters opting for the party.

Asked which party they would vote for if there were to be a general election, 8pc of respondents said they would cast their ballot for the Green Party, while Change UK has just 1pc support.

It comes after predictions of a Margaret Thatcher-style landslide for the Tories under Boris Johnson - the frontrunner in the contest - prompted a row among polling experts.

Mr Johnson, alongside his five rivals, will appear on the BBC's live debate on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Vince Cable, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, welcomed his party's newest recruit, Chuka Umunna, who recently left Change UK - a party he had joined after defecting from Labour earlier this year.

Mr Cable revealed during a press conference that he was "having conversations" with other independent MPs about joining the Liberal Democrats.

"He joins alongside 20,000 people across the country just this month, demonstrating clearly that the Liberal Democrats are the biggest, clearest and most formidable force in the liberal centre-ground of British politics today." (© Independent News Service)

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