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Reform UK Overtakes PM Sunak’s Conservatives in Opinion Poll

Reform UK Overtakes PM Sunak’s Conservatives in Opinion Poll

Nigel Farage’s Reform UK Party overtook Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party in an opinion poll for the first time on Thursday ahead of Britain’s election on July 4.

Publish Date: 14/06/24 11:40
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Reform UK Overtakes PM Sunak’s Conservatives in Opinion Poll
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The poll by YouGov for the Times newspaper put Reform UK on 19%, up from 17% previously, and the Conservatives unchanged on 18%. The opposition Labour Party topped the poll with 37%.

Reform’s poll rating has risen since Farage, best known for his successful campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, said he was returning to frontline politics, taking over leadership of the party and standing for election to parliament.

A small right-wing party, founded in 2018 as the Brexit Party, Reform backs populist causes such as tougher immigration laws.

Sunak’s campaign has also been hit after he drew sharp criticism for leaving D-Day memorial events earlier than other world leaders.

Other opinion polls show the Conservatives much further ahead of Reform.

Despite overtaking Sunak’s Conservatives in Thursday’s poll – which reflected the share of a nationwide vote – Reform is not forecast to win many parliamentary seats.

Its support is spread comparatively evenly across the country, whereas backing for the larger and more established parties like Labour and the Conservatives is more concentrated by geographic areas.

Britain has a ‘winner takes it all’ electoral system with no proportional representation, which means Reform could pick up millions of votes across the country without coming first in one of the 650 individual constituencies that make up the British parliament.


Source: Reuters 

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