Is Jeremy Corbyn's position as Labour leader under threat?
With the Prime Minister hoping to achieve “unity” in Westminster ahead of Brexit negotiations, voters in Labour heartlands are debating whether to break with tradition and back the Tory leader in order to give Mrs May the best possible chance of securing a good deal as Britain leaves the EU.
Lifelong voters in Barrow and Furness, which has been a Labour seat since 1992, were among those voicing their support for the Prime Minister on a day of huge political significance.
I’m swaying towards Theresa May – I think she is a strong woman, I think she’ll get more backing from her party than Jeremy Corbyn will
Barrow resident Eric Wood told Newsnight: “The Conservatives at this time are the only party that are going to deliver Brexit… I could consider voting for them because of that.
“We’re all working class people mainly in Barrow, but a lot of my friends think the Conservatives are the ones with brains.
“I don’t think people see the left as being smart people at the moment.”
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Another local, Ann Taylor, added: “I have voted Labour all my life but I don’t think I will in the next election.
“I’m swaying towards Theresa May – I think she is a strong woman, I think she’ll get more backing from her party than Jeremy Corbyn will.”
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Eric Wood was among the lifelong Labour voters considering voting for the Conservatives in June
Meanwhile, fellow Barrow constituent Nicola Wood added: “I think she’s very patriotic, I think she wants the country to be better and I think she cares about what normal people – everyday people that go to work 9-5 everyday – she cares about what they think and she wants to make it better for them.
She said that despite voting for Labour all her life, if the Tories are “the ones to get the job done” then she would “absolutely” consider voting for them.
Some voters however, said they couldn’t see themselves voting for the Tories in June, despite concerns over Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Theresa May is widely expected to win the June election, according to the bookmakers' odds
David Armistead was among hundreds of voters bemoaning the Labour party’s lack of unity amid concerns over whether a poor performance in June’s election could spell the end of Corbyn’s leadership.
Ahead of what has been dubbed the ‘Brexit election’, party allegiances across the country are being called into question as the electorate decide whether to back Theresa May’s Brexit plans or opt for another party.
On Wednesday, a vote will be held in which two thirds of MPs from all parties will have to agree to calling an election – something all party leaders have already agreed to.