May's Conservatives on track for historic election win in Wales

25 April, 2017, 13:14 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • May's Conservatives on track for historic election win in Wales

Labour are down three points, but the Tories have soared by 12 points and appear to have picked up all the UKIP supporters, many of whom were previous Labour loyalists.

If the figures are accurate, that would be a huge blow to Jeremy Corbyn's Labour.

Just as the party was almost wiped out by the SNP in Scotland, the survey suggests it is going backwards in a previously solid heartland.

The online poll, for ITV Cymru Wales and Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre, had a sample of 1,029 Welsh adults and was carried out by YouGov from 19-21 April 2017. Plaid Cymru would win three seats and the Liberal Democrats one.

The prime minister will use a visit to the Tories' target seats in south Wales to drive home her warning of a "collaboration" among opposition parties to frustrate Brexit if voters deny her an outright majority.

A surge in support for the Tories could see them replace Labour as the largest party in Wales at the general election, according to a poll for ITV Wales.

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Over the weekend it emerged that Labour has plunged to historic lows in Scotland, with the Conservatives up by as much as 18 points from the 2015 election. The poll put support for UKIP on 6 percent, down 7 points.

But former Plaid leader, Ieuan Wyn Jones, is seeking selection as a candidate in his former Ynys Mon constituency.

"We need a general election and we need one now".

Figures show UKIP supporters flocking to the Conservatives and knocking Labour into second place.

Voters in Wales backed leaving the European Union at last year's referendum, and May has said she is holding the election to win support for her Brexit strategy and strengthen her hand in upcoming negotiations.

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