A new poll of voters shows the Tory lead shrank by three points
The Opinium research 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.
But the Tory advantage was cut by three points compared with a similar poll the previous week, with Conservatives shedding one point and Jeremy Corbyn’s party gaining two, while Lib Dems were up one and Ukip unchanged.
Although the result is less dramatic than Friday’s YouGov survey, which found the gap had narrowed to just five points, it tallies with several polls that show Labour gaining on the Tories after having begun the election race up to 25 points adrift.
But last night a senior advisor to the Prime Minister said the team had always anticipated a slump in the polls, which some blame on the row over the party’s plans for the so-called dementia tax.
Theresa May awkwardly eating chips could be 2017's 'bacon sandwich' Tue, May 2, 2017
Theresa May suffered what has been suggested to be her “bacon sandwich” moment after pausing for a quick snack while on the campaign trail
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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May eats chips as she meets with residents in Mevagissey, south-west England, on May 2, 2017, during a campaign visit ahead of the forthcoming elections
A senior advisor to the Prime Minister said the team had always anticipated a slump in the polls
“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,” the source said.
Last night Mrs May said polls went up and down but the only one that mattered was on June 8.
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