The latest polls show Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is the narrowing gap with the Conservatives after Theresa May announced her manifesto on Thursday.
Although the Tories are still on track to win the general election on June 8, the Prime Minister yesterday warned: “If I lose just six seats I will lose this election.”
Jeremy Corbyn claims his party’s message is “getting through” after the Conservative manifesto came under fire for unpopular policies such as means-testing the winter fuel allowance.
With just two and a half weeks to go until the general election on June 8, here are live updates, the most recent polls and breaking news from the campaign trail.
8pm BST: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Theresa May had shown “bravery” in tackling the adult social care issue, despite her slumping in the polls.
But Lib Dem leader Tim Farron is taking a different stance – he thinks it will “bring her down”.
3.20pm BST: The Conservatives’ lead has halved from 18 points to just nine points since last weekend, according to the latest YouGov poll for the Sunday Times.
Support for Labour increased from 31 per cent to 35 per cent, while the support for the Tories fell from 49 per cent to just 44 per cent.
This shock poll marks the first time the Conservative’s lead has been in single figures since Theresa May called the snap election in late April.
3.10pm BST: Four polls for the Sunday newspapers put Labour between 35 per cent and 33 per cent, up significantly on the scores as low as 26 per cent early in the campaign.
The ORB poll, for the Sunday Telegraph, put Labour at 34 per cent but Opinium poll, for the Observer, found support for the party was just 33 per cent.
Both of the polls, published today, show that the Conservatives are still leading the way at 46 per cent despite the gap between the parties narrowing in recent days.
3pm BST: All political parties are putting their general election campaigns on hold for an hour today to remember murdered Labour MP Jo Cox.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “Today, we paused from our General Election campaigning for an hour from midday.
“People from all parties paid tribute to local groups working to unite communities across the country, demonstrating Jo Cox’s belief that we have more in common than that which divides us.”
The Labour leader today visited Pagoda Arts and the Wah Sing Chinese Community Centre in Liverpool.
1pm BST: A new Survation poll, for the Mail on Sunday, showed that the Conservatives still have a 12-point lead at 46 per cent, well above 34 per cent for Labour.
The poll shows that the Conservatives have dropped five percentage points in a week.
Chris Hopkins, from Survation, said some policies in the Conservative manifesto were very well supported but others faced “considerable opposition”.
Survation found the least popular Tory manifesto policies were scrapping the triple lock on state pensions and free hot lunches for five to seven year olds.
“Hopkins said: The high-levels of opposition to these policies is especially interesting as they only impact greatly on a portion of the population; those with primary-school age children, and those drawing a state pension.”
Noon BST: Time is running out to register to vote. The deadline is tomorrow.
Saturday May 21
10am BST: Theresa May posted on Facebook: “The cold hard fact is that if I lose just six seats I will lose this election, and Jeremy Corbyn will be sitting down to negotiate with the presidents, prime ministers and chancellors of Europe.”
Noon BST: Jeremy Corbyn told supporters in West Kirby: “This message is getting through. Get on any bus, get on any train, go in any cafe, talk to people
“The whole discussion and the whole debate is unravelling from the Tory point of view.”