The Conservatives will put Brexit at the heart of their election campaign
Recent polls show the gap between the Tories and Labour – previously as much as 22 points at the start of the election campaign – has been narrowed significantly, with some polls now showing a single-figure difference.
Senior Tory figures reportedly believe the leak of Jeremy Corbyn’s leftwing manifesto helped rather than hindered the Labour party.
Labour's manifesto leak may have helped the party, top Tories fear
Theresa May’s U-turn on social care and the scrapping of the pension “triple-lock” contrasted with policies such as renationalisation and tax rises for the top five per cent of earners, with Mr Corbyn’s policies appearing more palatable to voters.
This may have caused Ukip voters planning to vote for Mrs May to swing their support behind Mr Corbyn over his policies, Tory officials believe.
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Jeremy Corbyn during a visit to Hackney Marshes Football Pitches, to highlight Labour's manifesto commitment to ensure 5% of the Premier League's television rights income is diverted to the grassroots game, during a General Election campaign
Their new strategy is now reportedly to bring Brexit negotiations to the forefront of the election campaign.
One source told the Telegraph the message to voters would be: “The EU wants to get negotiating 11 days after the General Election. Who do you want in there?”
Top Tory strategists are also reportedly planning on highlighting Mr Corbyn’s record on national security, especially in the wake of the Manchester bombing.
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Mr Corbyn sparked outrage after claiming Salman Abedi’s suicide attack was partially a result of British foreign policy in the Middle East.
Col Richard Kemp, who commanded British troops in Afghanistan, branded the comments “despicable”.
The latest Opinium research poll put Theresa May’s party 10 points ahead on 45 per cent, with Labour on 35 per cent, Liberal Democrats on seven per cent and Ukip on five per cent.
The Tories are expected to focus on Mr Corbyn's record on national security
But a senior advisor to the Prime Minister said any slump in the polls was to be expected and the Conservatives still expect a landslide on June 8.
The source said: “The truth is we started off so far ahead we were always going to come off that and so when the manifestos came out a sense of reality was restored.”