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  • Jeremy Corbyn would beat Boris Johnson if the two men were
    leading their parties in a general election, according to a poll.
  • When asked who they would prefer as the next prime minister,
    29% backed Corbyn, compared with 25% who said Johnson.
  • The poll comes as the former foreign secretary clashes with
    May at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham.
  • The poll also found Labour had taken a 5-point lead over the
    Conservatives.

LONDON — Boris Johnson is less popular than Jeremy Corbyn and
would lose a general election to Labour if he were
Conservative leader, according to a new poll.

The poll, carried out by BMG for HuffPost UK, also found that
Labour has taken a 5-point lead over the Conservatives as Theresa
May’s party meets for their annual conference in Birmingham.

Boris Johnson is the public’s preferred candidate, should Theresa
May step down, according to the poll, with 20% backing his
leadership. The next most popular alternative was Jacob
Rees-Mogg, on 7%.

However, when asked who they would prefer as the next prime
minister, 29% backed Corbyn, compared with 25% who said Johnson.
In answer to the same question, May narrowly beats Corbyn by 27%
to 25%.

Boris Johnson has been openly critical of the prime minister’s
Brexit plans since he resigned from Cabinet in July, with talk of
him triggering a leadership challenge against the prime minister
mounting. On Sunday, he launched his most explicit challenge
against the prime minister in a newspaper interview, suggesting
her Chequers plan to leave the EU was “deranged.”

Johnson told the Sunday Times that “unlike the prime minister I
campaigned for Brexit” and suggested that the party could win the
next general election if it had a popular leader, as it did when
he twice won the London mayoral election.

He also criticised the prime minister’s attempts to move the
party into the same policy territory as Corbyn’s Labour, saying
the Conservatives must instead argue for a small state.

Boris’s popularity is descending very quickly. I think his
behaviour, his comments, his language, his utter disloyalty, is
going down really, really badly with the parliamentary party –
Conservative MP.

The former Foreign Secretary is to speak at a hotly-anticipated
conference rally this week. However, his actions in recent weeks
have angered many Conservative MPs, including his former Foreign
Office colleague Alan Duncan.

“I think that what he doesn’t realise is that whereas he used to
be an electoral asset, that is now waning,” Duncan told the
Times.

One moderate Conservative MP told Business Insider that Johnson’s
chances of becoming Conservative leader were now “less than 5%.”

“I think Boris’s popularity is descending very quickly. I think
his behaviour, his comments, his language, his utter disloyalty,
is going down really, really badly with the parliamentary party,”
they said.

They added: “I don’t think Boris will do it in the end because he
will realise he doesn’t have he doesn’t have the support and it
will be embarrassing what poor support he has.”

The poll, which surveyed over 1,000 people, was also grim reading
for the Prime Minister, with 51% of those polled saying they do
not want her to stay in Number 10 until the 2022 general
election, compared to 23% who think she should.

Conference bounce?


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Labour also appeared to have secured a conference bounce from
their get-together in Liverpool last week, with the poll
indicating a 5-p

oint lead over the Tories following the party’s gathering in
Liverpool last week.

The poll comes as Tory MPs head to Birmingham for their own
conference, which launched disastrously on Saturday after a

major security flaw
in the conference’s official app allowed
anyone to access the private information of cabinet ministers.

Senior ministers including the Home Secretary Sajid Javid and the
Environment Secretary Michael Gove had their private contact
details published and altered on the app.

. image was altered to a picture of News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch
and Boris Johnson’s photo was briefly changed to a hardcore
pornographic image

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