Slight dip for Johnson’s ruling party: Poll
Conservatives, Labour vow to spend big in battle for votes
LONDON, Nov 7: Support for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative party has dipped slightly in the last few days, according to a YouGov poll on Thursday, as the formal launch of his general election campaign was marred by gaffes and a resignation.
The poll for Sky News showed support for the Conservatives down 2 percentage points at 36%, with Labour unchanged at 25%. Data for the poll was taken as Johnson's campaign launch was overshadowed by the resignation of one of his ministers, a gaffe about the victims of a deadly tower blaze and a doctored video of an opponent released by his party.
The Liberal Democrats were one point up at 17% and the Brexit Party was unchanged at 11%. The poll of 1,667 people was conducted between Nov. 5-6 and compares with the previous survey done between Nov. 1 and Nov 4. The election is on Dec. 12.
Governing Conservatives vowed on Thursday to spend billions of pounds more on infrastructure, stepping up an election battle with the main opposition Labour Party over who is best placed to drive growth and help struggling regions.
Finance minister Sajid Javid said his willingness to spend an additional 20 billion pounds a year was the "responsible" way to drive growth following years of tight spending that has angered swathes of the electorate.
Javid was speaking shortly before Labour's would-be finance minister John McDonnell set out his plan to spend 400 billion pounds over 10 years on schools, homes and hospitals. -REUTERS