Labour slumps to fourth place in new opinion poll

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA. - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

The Labour Party has slumped to fourth place in a new opinion poll - behind the Brexit Party, Lib Dems and Tories.

The party is backed by just 18% of voters, down two points on a week ago, according to a YouGov survey for The Times.

The Tories have climbed two points to stand at 24% while the Brexit Party is up one point to 23% and the Liberal Democrats also up one to 20%.

With Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's Brexit strategy under intense scrutiny, the survey found that only 25% of Remain backers intend to support Labour.

This compares with 48% of Remainers who said they would vote for the party at the beginning of the year, and 40% who gave it their backing at the end of April.

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Just 8% of Leave supporters say they will vote Labour, compared with 21% in January, according to the poll.

Labour's shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth denied it was a realistic view of voters' intentions.

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He told ITV's Peston: "I don't believe that would be the result at a general election.

"If that was a result at a general election it would be devastating for the Labour Party."

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