Labour ‘To Lose Nearly 100 Seats’ If Theresa May Calls Snap General Election

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Labour ‘To Lose Nearly 100 Seats’ If Theresa May Calls Snap General Election

Post by Didge on Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:55 pm

Labour is on course to lose nearly 100 seats if Theresa May calls a snap general election next spring, a new opinion poll analysis has claimed. Five members of Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet, including Shadow Defence Secretary Clive Lewis, would be ousted from Westminster, the study by the ‘Saving Labour’ pressure group suggests.

The analysis, based on end-of month opinion polls published by ICM since Corbyn was elected last September, claims that if current trends continue then by next May Labour could fall as low as 20%, with the Tories 28 points ahead at 48%.

The figures suggest the Tories could have a majority of 201 – higher than Tony Blair’s landslide in 1997 – with Labour losing 99 seats in every part of the country. Labour’s sole MP in Scotland, Ian Murray would lose his seat to the SNP.

Supporters of Corbyn swiftly denounced the claims, pointing out that ICM showed that in March, Labour was level with the Tories on 36%. A spokesman for his campaign said that ‘the actions of a few’ MPs had damaged the party in the polls ‘at a time of national crisis’.
Others point out that Labour polled even worse ratings under Harriet Harman and that May could be enjoying a brief ‘honeymoon’ from the media attention of being a new Prime Minister.

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