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Labour backed by 50% of voters in new opinion poll, opening up 25 point gap on Conservatives

Labour has the support of 50 per cent of British voters and enjoys a 25-point lead over the Conservatives, a new poll suggests.

The Deltapoll survey showed Sir Keir Starmer’s party up four points, with the Tories losing four points, compared to earlier in August.

It comes after Rishi Sunak’s disastrous so-called “small boats week” focused on Government action on the Channel crisis ended in farce with the evacuation of the Bibby Stockholm migrant barge over health fears and tragedy as at least six asylum seekers died attempting to make the crossing.

Labour enjoyed a lead among all age groups, apart from the over-65s, and was ahead among both Remain and Leave supporters.

More than a quarter (29 per cent) of voters who backed the Tories in the last election in 2019 were now switching to Labour, the poll also suggested.

Meanwhile, Labour’s lead on economic competence widened to 16 percentage points, with Sir Keir’s party on 45 per cent compared to the Tories on 29 per cent.

Sir Keir’s net approval rating stayed at +3 for a third week running, with Mr Sunak’s dropping a point to -24.

The Deltapoll survey showed a significantly higher lead than in many other opinion polls, although Labour have enjoyed roughly a 20-point lead for much of this year, suggesting the party is on course to win the next election.

The lead is still far from the largest gap that Labour has enjoyed over the Tories – with multiple polls recording Labour leads of up to 36 points during Liz Truss’s short premiership, after the crisis caused by her botched mini-budget.

Deltapoll surveyed 1,520 adults in Great Britain between 17 and 21 August. The changes were against a previous poll carried out 9-11 August.

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