UK's ruling Conservative Party plummets in polls with election days away

  • 27/05/2017

Britain's ruling Conservative Party has seen its lead over Labour plummet to just five points in the first opinion poll taken since the Manchester bombing.

But Prime Minister Theresa May's personal rating has recovered slightly.

When Ms May called the election in April, polls showed her Conservatives were as much as 23 percentage points ahead of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party.

In the first opinion poll to be published since Monday's attack, that lead has dropped to five percentage points. Last Saturday, before the attack, the Conservatives' lead was nine points.

Ms May called the June 8 election to strengthen her hand in negotiations on Britain's exit from the European Union and to win more time to deal with the impact of the divorce.

If she does not handsomely beat the 12-seat majority her predecessor David Cameron won in 2015, her electoral gamble will have failed.

Britain suspended campaigning after the attack on Monday night in Manchester and resumed on Friday.

Reuters / Newshub.