Labour down to 22 per cent in new poll

Conservatives ahead by 19 points in YouGov poll

Support for the Labour Party has fallen to an all-time low of 22 per cent in a new opinion poll as the expenses scandal takes its toll.

The Sun/YouGov opinion poll put Labour on 22 per cent, with the Conservatives on 41 per cent and the Liberal Democrats on 19 per cent. If repeated at a general election, the result would see David Cameron achieve a landslide victory with a majority of 152.

Labour’s rating means the party has slumped to its lowest rating since modern polling began seventy years ago. The rating is well below those achieved by Michael Foot, under whom Labour narrowly beat the SDP/Liberal alliance in 1983 with 27 per cent of the vote.

In separate findings on the June 4 European elections, the Conservatives led with 28 per cent of the vote, but this was down nine per cent on a similar poll a week ago, suggesting that the revelations of the past week have damaged the party. Labour were down to 19 per cent in the poll, now tied with the Liberal Democrats. The UK Independence Party also scored 19 per cent, a dramatic rise of 12 per cent on a week ago. The BNP rating was down one to 3 per cent.

The poll suggests that it is the anti-EU Ukip who will be main beneficiary of the expenses scandal, rather than the BNP, although some voters are known to conceal their support for the latter from pollsters.