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Rishi Sunak’s ‘best week as PM’ fails to move the dial ahead of local elections

by LLB political Reporter
1st May 24 8:43 am

Labour’s lead over the Conservatives has increased to 18-points, suggesting Rishi Sunak’s ‘best week as PM’ has had little effect, according to the latest voting intention poll from Savanta for The Telegraph.

The poll, conducted earlier this week (26-28 April), sees the Labour Party on 44% of the vote share, with the Conservatives on 26%, a two-point increase in Labour’s lead since our poll last week.

Just days before crucial local elections on 2 May, Savanta’s research suggests the public haven’t yet been positively impacted by a blizzard of policy announcements from the Prime Minister on defence spending and welfare reform.

Reform UK (10%) and the Liberal Democrats (10%) are jointly tied in third place in Savanta’s final national voting intention before local elections across England and Wales, and the Blackpool South by-election.

Savanta’s polling so far in 2024 has shown Labour leads of 19, 17, 14, 19, 12, 14, 18, 17, 18, 18, 20, 21, 15, 18, 16 and now 18 points.

Chris Hopkins, Political Research Director at Savanta said, “Last week was heralded as one of Sunak’s best as Prime Minister, but our research suggests the public hasn’t noticed. In fairness to the Prime Minister, changes in direction and policy often take time to filter through to a public broadly disinterested in politics.”

But Sunak and his advisors would have been hoping for some kind of reaction ahead of make-or-break local elections.”

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