Labour wipes out Tory lead in latest polling figures

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer during a visit to Whitmore Park Primary School in Coventry. Photogr

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer during a visit to Whitmore Park Primary School in Coventry. Photograph: Jacob King/PA. - Credit: PA

The Tories have lost their lead over Labour in a new opinion poll which shows Boris Johnson no longer has an advantage over Keir Starmer.

The snapshot survey by Opinium puts both parties on 40% each when it comes to voting intentions.

It marks the first time the Conservatives have not been ahead of Labour in an Opinium survey for 13 months.

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Nearly half of voters, 47%, disapprove of the Government's handling of coronavirus, compared to less than a third, 31%, who approve, according to the poll.

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With English schools reopening next week, 63% of parents with school age children say it is safe for primary schools to do so.

And 60% back pupils returning to secondary schools.

But pupils aged 14-15 appear most concerned about returning to class as 45% of parents with children in this age group say their child is worried, against to 48% who say they are not.

More than half of adults surveyed, 52%, support making face masks compulsory for children in school, with 22% neither supporting nor opposing, and 19% against such a move.

When it comes to the parents of school age children, 42% back the idea, and 22% oppose it.

The survey has bad news for embattled Education Secretary Gavin Williamson as 48% disapprove of the way he is handling his job, and 40% say he is most responsible for the recent exam results controversy.

Opinium carried out an online survey of 2,002 UK adults between August 26-28.

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