Rishi Sunak will ‘make himself available’ to be PM says expert
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But Sir Keir Starmer has been told he can take scant consolation despite Labour’s narrow two-point lead in the Savanta ComRes survey. Reports have suggested a briefing war has erupted between Number 10 and the Treasury in a possible indication both of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s increasing frustration, and his ambitions to succeed Mr Johnson as Prime Minister.
The poll, based on interviews with 2,184 adults between November 19 and 21, suggested Mr Johnson now has a net favourability rating of -14 points.
His Government fares even worse, and is currently “underwater” by 16 points.
Previous lows for PM were -9 percent, in September 20, October 20 and October 21, and for Government -12 percent in January 21 and October 21.
In terms of headline Voting Intention, Labour is on 38 percent (down two points), while the Tories are on 36 percent (also down two points).
The Liberal Democrats are on 10 percent, the Greens five percent, the SNP on four percent and others on eight percent.
Mr Johnson is still seen as the best Prime Minster, on 39 percent, with Sir Keir on 30 percent, with 31 percent undecided.
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If a general election was held tomorrow, according to Electoral Calculus, Labour’s wafer-thin lead would sufficient for Labour to finish as the largest single party – but they would be some way short of an overall majority.
However, if proposed new boundaries are introduced, the Tories, not Labour, would end up the largest single party.
Commenting, Chris Hopkins, Political Research Director at Savanta ComRes said: “Another Labour lead and significant drops in the government and PM’s favourability – both to their lowest ever levels in our still, relatively new, tracker – should be good news for Labour.
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The fact remains, that the drop in Conservative support tends to be going ‘nowhere’ rather than directly to Labour
“But the fact remains, that the drop in Conservative support tends to be going ‘nowhere’ rather than directly to Labour.
“Conservative voters are not abandoning the party for Labour, nor are Red Wall voters appearing to return to Starmer’s party, and while his own favourability and Best PM ratings are at best static or, at worst, also dropping, it’s difficult to envisage a Labour Party ready to take advantage of continued Conservative blunders.”
He added: “Waiting for the Tories to screw things up has felt like Labour’s strategy for almost 18 months.
“And now, presented with an opportunity, there’s nothing to suggest in this polling that they’re ready, or trusted, to take advantage.”
Mr Johnson left many baffled during a speech to the Confederation of British Industries (CBI) in which he repeatedly referenced the popular children’s television character, and also shuffled papers awkwardly after losing track of his notes.
Express.co.uk understands there is growing concern on the backbenches, with up to a dozen Tory MPs thought to have submitted letters of no confidence to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of powerful 1922 Committee.
Meanwhile tensions between Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak are thought to be growing, with the latter having sought to curtail some of Mr Johnson’s lavish spending plans.
On Tuesday, Harry Cole, the Sun’s Political Editor, accused the Chancellor’s aides of seeking to undermine Downing Street chief of staff Dan Rosenfield, citing a “senior Tory” as his source.
Paddy Power currently has Mr Sunak at 9/4 favourite to succeed Mr Johnson as Prime Minister.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is 7/2, while Michael Gove is 11/2.
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