Labour Take Lead Over Tories By 54% To 28% Across The Capital: New Poll
Tories are trailing Labour across the capital, a new YouGov survey reveals.

The new YouGov survey for Queen Mary University of London shows the Prime Minister is facing bitter setbacks on May 3, while Labour Leader should be delighted since the survey shows his party is riding high.

The poll also shows that in the inner London heartland the swing from Conservative to Labour is a decisive 13.4% and in outer London, where the Tories are stronger, the swing is 4.2%.

The poll suggests a series of Conservative citadels are not safe anymore, including three that once seemed impenetrable.

The first one is Wandsworth, which was Margaret Thatcher’s favourite council because of its zero poll tax and mould-breaking efficiencies, would fall from Tory control if the swing was even across inner London.

The second one is Westminster, which was hailed as a model of local government efficiency in John Major’s day, would also.

The third one is Barnet, where the Tories have an overall majority of just one, looks certain to change hands.

Although Hillingdon in outer London looks safe for now but would be vulnerable if the Labour swing increases in the run-up to polling day.

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The poll suggests any Brexit backlash on the night would add to the PM’ anguishes. Remain voters split by an overwhelming 65% to Labour and just 15% to the Conservatives.

It also reveals Brexit is listed as one of the most important issues by 21% of Londoners.

“Labour are looking forward to the best performance in vote share in London by any party since 1968.” Professor Philip Cowley of the university’s Mile End Institute said.

“The massive swing in inner London in this poll is enough to turn both Westminster and Wandsworth red. In outer London, they should take Barnet, Hillingdon looks very close, and although boundary changes make Bexley very difficult to predict that too looks as if it could be close. These councils could still all go one way or the other by May – but the fact is the Tories are in trouble in all of them.” Cowley added.

The survey disclosed how the Tories are trailing among black and minority ethnic voters, who back Labour by a massive 78 to 12%.  And almost one in 10 people who voted Conservative in the 2017 general election, have switched to Labour for the local elections.

Older Londoners of over 65 were the only age group that backs the Tories while voters aged under 50 are solidly behind Labour, in the case of 18-24-year-olds by an astonishing eight-to-one ratio. Even middle aged Londoners of 50 to 64 prefer Labour by 46-33.

London’s mayor Sadiq Khan is also rated as doing well by 54% of Londoners, while just 27% said he is doing badly.

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