Conservative lead over Labour shrinking ahead of General Election, polls show

  • Conservative lead over Labour shrinking ahead of General Election, polls show

Conservative lead over Labour shrinking ahead of General Election, polls show

In a barnstorming indictment of United Kingdom foreign policy, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn linked the apparent failure of the Global War on Terror to increased incidents of jihadist violence at home and diminished security around the world.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that rather than trying to understand their motivations, the country should be "uniting to defeat these people".

Mr Corbyn reiterated his belief that the so-called "War on Terror" had failed, and pledged he would only send British troops into harm's way if they could "secure an outcome that delivers lasting peace".

"There can be no excuse for terrorism", she said.

The YouGov poll published on Thursday, the first major poll carried out since a suicide bomber killed 22 people in Manchester on Monday night, showed that May's lead had dropped to 5 percentage points from 9 points on Saturday and 18 points two weeks ago.

Asked if there was any indication Salman Abedi had received training in Libya or planned an attack inside Libya, Ben Salem said, "I don't think so".

"This is a man who, for years, has been one of Westminster's foremost apologists for terrorism", wrote Guy Adams, a columnist in the Daily Mail.

The Prime Minister was seen as best choice to represent Britain on the world stage, lead negotiations on Brexit and reduce net migration, while Mr Corbyn was rated best to improve the NHS, look after the interests of hard-working families and protect older people.

Police in Manchester following terror attack
GETTYPolice in Manchester following terror attack

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's opposition Labour party, makes a speech as his party restarts its election campaign after the cross party suspension that followed the Manchester Arena attack, in London, May 26, 2017. One pollster gave her Conservative Party a towering 23-point lead.

Although the results are less dramatic than Friday's YouGov survey, which found the Conservative advantage squeezed to just five points, they tally with the trend in a number of polls which have shown Labour gaining on the Tories after having begun the election race as much as 25 points adrift.

"The attack on Manchester was shocking, appalling, indefensible, wrong in every possible way", the Labour leader said.

Before becoming prime minister, May served for six years as Britain's home secretary, the country's top domestic security official.

"May's recent difficulties will now be overtaken by events", wrote Mujtaba Rahman, an analyst with the Eurasia Group, in a briefing note.

Bale agreed that conventional wisdom suggests that May could benefit but also warned that it could backfire if it is proven that there were failings in the security services.

There are still almost two weeks of campaigning left and the big TV election programmes - including The Battle for Number 10: May v Corbyn, on Sky News on Monday - are next week and could prove decisive. "But there are downside risks as well if investigation proves the security system could have spotted this man earlier and can pin that on lack of resources", said Bale.

YouGov said Mrs May and her party had been hurt by the fallout from the manifesto launch but said it was hard to determine the impact of the bombing on the election campaign.