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Labour has sizeable lead over Tories: opinion poll

Theresa May (Peter Byrne/PA)
Theresa May (Peter Byrne/PA)

By Lizzy Buchan

Labour has taken a seven-point lead over the Conservatives ahead of the European elections, a new poll has found.

A study by Opinium put Labour on 33%, the Conservatives on 26% and the insurgent Brexit Party on 17%, when the public was grilled on how they would vote in a general election.

The Liberal Democrats were on 6%, with Ukip, the Green Party and the new centrist party Change UK all on 4%.

In a fresh headache for Prime Minister Theresa May, the former Ukip leader's new party was neck-and-neck with Labour on 28% for next month's European elections, while Tory support collapsed to 14% for the May 23 contest.

Support for the Brexit Party ahead of the European elections has surged from 12% in the past two weeks, with voters apparently flocking to it from Ukip.

The poll also found more than half the public (55%) believe the UK should never have held the EU referendum as it has been so difficult to agree a deal.

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