Boris Johnson to make his first visit to Wales as PM after ‘extraordinary poll show Tories overtaking Labour in popularity


BORIS JOHNSON hits the campaign trail in Wales today as an “extraordinary” poll gives the Tories their best score in the principality for two years.

The PM will visit the Brecon and Radnorshire constituency ahead of Thursday’s crucial by-election – which could cut his Commons majority to ONE.


Boris Johnson is to make his first visit to Wales as PM where he will hold talks with Mark Drakeford, the First Minister of Wales[/caption]

Sources yesterday insisted the Lib Dems were clear favourites to unseat Tory MP Chris Davies in the seat despite a late ‘Boris Bounce’.

But a wider poll showed that across Wales as a whole, the Conservatives are now ahead of Labour on 24 per cent – up seven points.

It’s the Tories highest rating in Wales since the start of the 2017 General Election.

And experts said it would be enough for the Tories to take eight seats off Labour in the next Electon.

Labour would pick up a minority of Welsh seats for the first time since 1918.

Professor Roger Awan Scully of Cardiff University said: “These are quite extraordinary results, in many respects almost wholly unprecedented.”

The Brecon by-election was triggered by Chris Davies’ conviction for fraud over his expenses. He is standing again on Thursday.

Mr Johnston will separately visit farmers in South Wales in the latest leg of a tour of the union to “renew the ties that underpin” the UK.

And he will hold talks with Mark Drakeford, the First Minister of Wales.
Speaking ahead of the visit he said: “I will always back Britain’s great farmers and as we leave the EU we need to make sure that Brexit works for them.”

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