How the UK opinion polls have changed since 'Partygate'

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How The Uk Opinion Polls Have Changed Since 'Partygate' How The Uk Opinion Polls Have Changed Since 'Partygate'
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Ian Jones, PA

The UK Labour is continuing to record a small but consistent lead over the Conservatives in UK opinion polls, having spent much of the past few years trailing well behind the British government.

Sir Keir Starmer’s party has been ahead in the polls since early December – around the time 'Partygate' stories began to emerge, detailing Downing Street parties taking place during Covid lockdowns.

The lead has varied in size, narrowing at the start of this month but growing again in recent days.

Based on a seven-day rolling average of all national published polls, Labour’s vote share stood at 40 per cent on January 14th, ahead of the Conservatives on 32 per cent, with the Liberal Democrats on 12 per cent and the Greens on 5 per cent.

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Labour’s eight-point lead is almost an exact reverse of the situation six months ago, when the Tories were averaging 42 per cent and Labour 32 per cent.

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The Liberal Democrats have also improved their performance, averaging between 10-12 per cent since early December.

The party has spent much of the period since the 2019 general election in single figures.

Opinion polls are snapshots of the prevailing public mood, not projections or forecasts.

With the next general election in the UK still more than two years away – the latest possible date is May 2nd, 2024 – there is still plenty of time for the numbers to change.

But with local elections taking place across much of the UK in just under four months’ time on May 5th, politicians of all sides will be studying the figures closely for clues as to what might happen on polling day.

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