Labour support collapses

Blow to Sturgeon as poll shows Johnson on course for majority

Boris Johnson: picking up seats in Labour heartlands

Support for Labour is ebbing away across its traditional heartlands with a new poll forecasting Boris Johnson returning to Downing Street with a significant majority.

A new YouGov poll shows the Conservatives pulling ahead in almost every region of the country, including many traditionally leave-voting Labour heartlands. Many Labour supporters are switching to the Brexit Party.

YouGov said: “The Labour vote has taken its hardest hit in the North West, with support for the party falling by a massive 25 percentage points to 30 per cent since 2017.”

If replicated on 12 December the forecast would be bad news for the SNP whose leader Nicola Sturgeon has pinned her hopes of securing a second independence referendum on a pact with Labour.

She insisted she would not form a formal coalition with Labour if there is a hung parliament. Instead, she said her party could be back a minority Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn on an issue-by-issue basis.

“If there’s a hung parliament … SNP MPs will seek to form a progressive alliance to lock the Tories out of government,” Ms Sturgeon said at the SNP campaign launch in Edinburgh.

However, according to a poll of polls conducted by Electoral Calculus, Mr Johnson will be returned to Downing Street next month with a 96-seat majority and 373 seats.

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