Boris Johnson as PM gives Tories a 10% surge in polls but supporters fear Labour could get boost if they bin Jeremy Corbyn


BORIS Johnson has given the Conservatives a boost with voters, as a new poll gives the party a five-point lead over Labour.

Mr Johnson, 55, only became the new Prime Minister on July 24 but has already given the Conservative Party widespread popular appeal.

Boris Johnson has delivered a boost for the Conservatives since he was made the new Prime Minister
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The latest poll showed Labour trailing the Tories by 10 percentage points
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The Sunday Times newspaper said the “Boris bounce” had pushed support for Johnson’s Conservatives to 31%, up six percentage points from the previous poll, while Labour was on 21%, up two points.

The newspaper said the poll by YouGov could fuel speculation that Johnson, who faces a Brexit deadlock in Britain’s parliament, will call an early election.

The poll gave the Conservatives their biggest lead over the opposition in five months and it was the first time their support has risen above 30% since April, the Sunday Times said.

The Liberal Democrats were down three points on 20% and the new Brexit Party, led by veteran eurosceptic Nigel Farage, was down four points on 13%, half its peak level in May.

YouGov questioned 1,697 adults on July 25 and 26.

In a separate survey by Opinium more than half of voters, 53 per cent, now believe the UK is likely to leave the EU by Ocotober 31.

It also revealed Mr Johnson enjoys a 21 point lead over Corbyn on who would make the best prime minister  – 38 per cent  to 17.


But another poll conducted for the Mail on Sunday found that if Labour got rid of its current leader Jeremy Corbyn the Tories would trail by six points.

Mr Johnson hit the ground running in his first few days in Number 10 as he got to work on a number of domestic issues and started to tackle the Brexit issue.

He put the frighteners up the bureaucrats in Brussels when he told the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the French President Emmanuel Macron that Brexit talks were off until the Irish backstop was binned.

But he told the power pair in phone calls there was no point in meeting until the European Commission accepted that its plan for the Irish border, in the agreement offered to Theresa May, has to go.

And he said Britain would in the meantime “fully prepare for the alternative” — No Deal.

The comments came a day after EU negotiator Michel Barnier branded the demand to bin the backstop as “unacceptable”.

He also ruled out “absolutely” calling a general election before the Brexit deadline of October 31.

The PM said: “The British people voted in 2015, in 2016, in 2017. What they want us to do is deliver on their mandate, come out of the EU on October 31.

“They don’t want another electoral event, they don’t want a referendum, they don’t want a general election. They want us to deliver.”

Mr Johnson also set about recruiting an extra 20,000 coppers during a walkabout in Birmingham two days ago.

He also got the ball rolling in a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump with the two vowing to broker an “ambitious” free trade deal once the UK leaves the EU.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: “They discussed the important relationship between our countries and the President’s successful State Visit to the UK last month.

“They agreed that Brexit offers an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen the economic partnership between the UK and United States.

“The leaders both expressed their commitment to delivering an ambitious free trade agreement and to starting negotiations as soon as possible after the UK leaves the EU.

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