Tories receive poll boost with ‘Boris bounce’

The Tories have been boosted by a "Boris bounce" after the election of their new leader, according to polls.

Since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister after being declared party chief by Tory members, the Conservatives have gained 10 points to stand at 30%, a survey by Deltapoll for the Mail on Sunday showed.

That puts them five points ahead of Labour at 25%, with the Liberal Democrats on 18% and the Brexit Party on 14%.

Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)

But if Labour was to drop Jeremy Corbyn as leader, the poll says the party would shoot into the lead at 34%, with the Tories on 28%, the Brexit Party on 14% and the Lib Dems on 13%.

Chancellor Sajid Javid said there would be "significant extra funding" this week to get Britain "fully ready to leave" the EU on October 31, with or without a deal.

The additional spending will include financing one of the country's "biggest ever public information campaigns" to ensure individuals and businesses are ready for a no-deal exit, Mr Javid told the Sunday Telegraph.

Sajid Javid
Sajid Javid (Matt Dunham/PA)

The Sunday Times said Mr Johnson had put together a Brexit "war cabinet" of six key ministers and that the Government was tasked with delivering EU withdrawal on October 31 "by any means necessary".

Mr Gove wrote in the newspaper: "With a new Prime Minister, a new Government, and a new clarity of mission, we will exit the EU on October 31. No ifs. No buts. No more delays. Brexit is happening."

The poll boost came after Mr Johnson set out an eye-catching domestic stall promising a £3.6 billion boost for left-behind towns as he sought to shift the political spotlight from Brexit.

The PM also pledged funding for a major new rail link between Manchester and Leeds, and promised action on housing and crime, despite insisting he was not preparing for a snap autumn election.

Mr Johnson said: "I want to be the PM who does with Northern Powerhouse Rail what we did with Crossrail in London.

"And today I am going to deliver on my commitment to that vision with a pledge to fund the Leeds to Manchester route.

"It will be up to local people and us to come to an agreement on the exact proposal they want – but I have tasked officials to accelerate their work on these plans so that we are ready to do a deal in the autumn."

Downing Street said detailed plans regarding the proposed rail route will be published in the autumn, following a review of HS2.

The trans-Pennine route is expected to cut journey times and provide additional capacity for people across the region.

The Mail on Sunday poll also found that opinion was evenly divided on the question of whether Mr Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds should live with him at Number 10.

While 33% backed such a move, the same number were opposed to it.

Asked how they would feel if Mr Johnson married their daughter, 57% said they would be sad, while 16% said they would be happy.

Other polls showed a similar boost in support for the Tories since Mr Johnson's election as leader.

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