Tories take 19-point lead over Labour with less than three weeks to the election

The Tories have taken a 19-point lead over Labour with less than three weeks to go before  voters head to the polls.

It comes as Boris Johnson launches the Tory election manifesto on Sunday- seen by the Tories as the most dangerous moment of the campaign after Theresa May’s so-called dementia tax slashed her polling lead in 2017.

The Conservative share of the vote now stands at 47%, with Labour on 28% and the Lib Dems falling back to 12%, according to the latest Opinium poll for the Observer.

It’s understood that the Tories are set to unveil a safety-first manifesto that spends significantly more money and helps the NHS, childcare and schools without controversial policies.

The Tory lead stood at 16 points last week, three points lower than now.

But the polling company has now taken into account the fact that some parties are not running in every seat.

This means they have been able to reflect the decision of Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party to stand down in Tory-held seats. 

It’s looking good for Boris Johnson

Opinium also asked voters who they would back if all parties were running in their seat, which gave the Tories a 16-point lead – the same as last week’s poll.

The Conservative lead is now slightly bigger than at the same point before the last election, when the party held a 13-point lead over Labour.

But at that point, the Tory lead had already begun to close, falling by six points over the previous month.


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