London, May 30: UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s popularity apparently peaked at the time she called for the snap general elections in the nation. Over the past two months, however, Labour, the prime opposition party, is steadily rising in the surveys. As per the latest opinion polls, the Jeremy Corbyn-led outfit is nine percentage points behind the Conservatives.
The latest poll average reported by The Telegraph, predicts 44.29 per cent electoral support for the Tories, whereas, 35-2 per cent are in favour of Labour. The Liberal Democrats and UK Independence Party is trailing on 7.9 and 4.5 per cent respectively.
Although the nine percentage point is lead appears to be decisive enough to land the Tories a full majority, analysts claim the next few days could turn the tides in Labour’s favour.
Nearly a month earlier, on April 29, Tories were leading with 46 per cent of electoral support as per the pre-poll surveys, whereas, the Labour was limping at 27 per cent. The numbers were way more alarming for Corbyn supporters in March. The average of poll surveys by March 30 had predicted Tories to bag 48 per cent votes, whereas, the Labour was down at 24.8.
The parliamentary elections in Britain is scheduled on June 8. The 650 seats would of the House of Commons would go into the polling fray. The primary competition is between the Labour and Conservatives, whereas, the Liberal Democrats and UK Independence Party are the secondary contenders in the electoral battle. The Scottish National Party, contesting from all 56 seats from Scotland, is expected to hold on to its grounds.
The previous general elections in UK were conducted in 2015. Since then, the leadership of both Tories and Labour have changed. The latter was then represented by Ed Miliband. The Conservatives, under the leadership of David Cameron, emerged victorious in the elections, bagging 330 seats, with a vote share of over 36 per cent. Labour had secured 29.1 per cent votes, making the prime opposition with 253 seats in the Lower House of Parliament.