The poll suggests overall if an election was called tomorrow fewer than 1 in 4 would vote Labour
A YouGov survey placed the embattled party behind the Tories and Ukip, as it faced a growing internal crisis under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.
The survey suggests the Conservatives enjoy 39 per cent support, followed by 23 for Ukip and limping into third place is Labour with a paltry 20 per cent.
The findings will add to the pressure the left-leaning leader is under, following a string of resignations from his shadow cabinet over the Brexit Bill, which saw two Labour whips among the mutineers who defied the three-line whip to vote against the bill.
There are already deep divisions within the party, particularly over immigration and Brexit, which was exemplified by the rebellion in the Commons over the bill.
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Commissioned for the Times, the poll suggests overall if an election was called tomorrow fewer than one in four would vote Labour.
They come in second place with 24 per cent, well behind the Tories which storm the lead with 40 per cent.
In third is Ukip with 14 per cent, then the Lib Dem’s come jointly last with ‘other’, garnering 11 per cent of the vote.
A YouGov survey placed the embattled party behind the Tories and Ukip, as it faced a growing crisis
But it is an entirely different story with voters from social classes C2, D and E – viewed as more working class – where Labour drops down into third place with 20 per cent.
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Matthew Goodwin, politics professor at Kent University, said labour faced a “terminal decline”.
He said: “It is going to be incredibly difficult for the Labour Party to win these voters back.
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It is going to be incredibly difficult for the Labour Party to win these voters back
“These are traditional, working-class, socially conservative voters who have been leaving the party since the 1997 election – it isn’t just the referendum.
“Jeremy Corbyn is a surface problem. You could replace him tomorrow and you would still have the problem that they are trying to appeal to two groups of voters who have fundamentally different views about the issues of the day.”
Jeremy Corbyn’s radical left-leaning politics are seen by many as driving away traditional voters and making the party unelectable.
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Crunch by-elections to be held in Stoke-on-Trent and Copeland, Cumbria in the coming weeks will be viewed as a litmus test for the party.
In Stoke, where the resignation of Labour’s Tristram Hunt triggered the vote, the party’s candidate Gareth Snell already faced controversy after it he was forced to apologise after it emerged he made ‘sexist’ remarks on social media.
On twitter the Labour councillor posted about ‘squabbling sour-faced ladies’, said a ‘speccy blonde girl’ on BBC’s The Apprentice should ‘p*** off’ and made offensive comments about Janet Street Porter.
The party’s candidate Gareth Snell already faced controversy over social media comments
And he also riled his would-be constituents by calling Brexit a ‘massive pile of s***’, in a constituency where 70 per cent voted to Leave.
Mr Snell later apologised, saying: “I regret these tweets. They were from years ago when I was tweeting along with TV programmes but nevertheless, I shouldn’t have tweeted those comments and I apologise for the offence they have caused.”
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