Support for Labour is surging again as Corbyn’s party takes a 7 point lead over the Tories

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Ian Forsyth/Getty Images
  • A new Survation/GMB poll gives Labour a 7 point lead over the Conservatives.
  • It’s a major boost for party leader Jeremy Corbyn, after the parties have been polling neck-and-neck.
  • The results put more pressure on prime minister Theresa May, who faces a wipeout in the local elections in May.

Support for Labour and its leader Jeremy Corbyn is surging again, as a new poll gave the party a seven-point lead over the Conservatives.

A Survation poll commissioned by trade union GMB, which we saw via PoliticsHome, puts Labour on 44% – a point higher than its previous standing – while the Conservatives dropped three points to 37%.

Survation / GMB poll:

  • Labour: 44%
  • Conservative: 37%
  • Liberal Democrats: 9%
  • SNP: 3%
  • UKIP: 3%
  • Greens: 2%

Half of those polled also believe the UK will slide back into recession within the next few years.

The two parties have, up until now, been neck-and-neck in national polls.

Trust in pollsters has been low since most failed to predict the outcome of the Brexit vote, but Survation was one of the most accurate polling firms during the 2017 general election.

The numbers as the Conservatives face a wipeout in the upcoming local elections in May.

A survey conducted last week by Lord Ashcroft found London voters didn’t believe Tory promises of being able to spend less while still being able to provide local services. Party chairman Brandon Lewis said retaining seats in the capital would be “challenging” – and it’s possible that the anti-Tory trend in London could extend to other big cities in the UK.