Lead for Britain's Conservatives weakens

Conservative Party British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson (left) introduces British Prime Minister Theresa May (right) before she delivers her speech at Segro office block on Slough Industrial Park.
Conservative Party British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson (left) introduces British Prime Minister Theresa May (right) before she delivers her speech at Segro office block on Slough Industrial Park. PHOTO: EPA

LONDON • Two days from a national election, the lead that British Prime Minister Theresa May's ruling Conservatives had over the Labour Party had shrunk to just one point yesterday, according to one opinion poll.

Another said it had widened to 7 percentage points.

Last Saturday's terrorist attack in London, which came after the Manchester suicide bombing two weeks ago, upended an election campaign that was supposed to be all about Brexit. A nationwide minute of silence was held at 11am yesterday (6pm Singapore time) to honour all the victims.

As the hours ticked down to Polling Day tomorrow, the two main parties were battling to defend their records on security. And after police named the three London Bridge attackers, Mrs May faced further questions about her record overseeing cuts to police numbers when she was home minister.

The latest poll, by agency Survation for ITV, had the Conservatives' lead narrowing to just one point from six points in the same poll a week earlier.

Another poll, conducted by Opinium between June 4 and 6, put support for the Conservatives at 43 per cent, and that for Labour at 36 per cent. When the election was called in April, the Conservatives had 330 seats and led in opinion polls by 20 points or more.

REUTERS

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2017, with the headline 'Lead for Britain's Conservatives weakens'. Print Edition | Subscribe