Tories in 'chaos' over tax policies, Labour and Lib Dems claim

Tanya Joseph

An Ipsos MORI poll shows British Prime Minister Theresa May's lead over the Labour Party has shrunk from 15 points to five in just over two weeks.

New analysis by polling expert Lord Ashcroft suggested that the likeliest outcome from the June 8 election will be a Conservative majority of 60 - substantially reduced on a similar estimate last week, but still a comfortable victory for Mrs May.

The poll showed said May's lead had fallen sharply from a lead of 12 percentage points in the previous Survation/Mail on Sunday poll published on May 21.

The Ipsos MORI poll put the Conservatives on 45%, down four points from a comparable survey on 18 May, with Labour up 6 points to 40 percent.

Asked if high earners could confidently vote Conservative next week, safe in the knowledge that their income tax would not go up, Sir Michael said: "Yes".

Ryan went on to seemingly throw in the towel to the Conservatives nationally, saying: "The polls are all saying that the Conservative Party will win a large majority, possibly with more MPs than they have ever had before".

Sanders backer prepares to challenge Paul Ryan in 2018 MORE (I-Vt.) heaped praise on Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn this week, saying he was "impressed" by the United Kingdom candidate's willingness to talk about class issues.

The decline in support for the Conservatives coincided with a surprise announcement by May last month that she would make elderly people pay more for their social care, despite concerns that it could undermine support among ageing, wealthy homeowners - a core source of Conservative votes.

In their manifesto, the Conservatives scrapped their triple lock pledge not to raise income tax, VAT and national insurance contributions. It was then forced into a U-turn after Conservative lawmakers, wary of alienating small businesspeople, protested that it broke the 2015 pledge.

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The UK Labour party leader has received an important boost from the Vermont senator and leading American progressive Bernie Sanders, who faced off against Hillary Clinton in the Democratic party primaries a year ago.

"The mask has finally slipped", John McDonnell, a lawmaker who would be finance minister if Labour win the election, said in a statement.

He said: "The only guarantee the Tories are prepared to give at this election is to big business and high earners while low and middle income earners have seen no guarantee from Theresa May that their taxes won't be raised and pensioners are left to worry about whether they will be able to heat their homes or even keep their homes, with no clarity on cuts to winter fuel payments or the dementia tax".

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