Tories no longer seen as the party of Brexit, low tax or free speech

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Labour is now trusted more by voters to reduce taxes, deliver on Brexit and ensure free speech than the Conservatives, a devastating Redfield and Wilton poll has revealed. It comes as the weekly tracker poll for Express.co.uk by Techne UK has also confirmed the resurgence of Reform UK with 5 percent and the Conservatives still 23 points behind Labour.

The loss of trust in the Conservatives comes after the party twice ditched Prime Ministers since the summer with Boris Johnson removed over Partygate and then Liz Truss surviving just 48 days after her mini-budget caused a collapse in the value of the pound and share prices.

Mr Sunak’s governent has infuriated his own MPs with Chancellor Jeremy Hunt raising taxes while also floating the idea of a watered down version of Brexit on a so called Swiss model which accepts open door immigration with free movement of people and takes rules from Brussels.

According to the Techne tracker poll Labour is down 1 point on 49 percent but 23 points ahead of the Tories who are also down one to 26 percent.

Meanwhile, Reform UK is up one percent to five, and the Lib Dems are up 1 percent to 10 points.

According to Electoral Calculus, if this result happened in a general election Labour would have a massive majority of 278 while the Tories would be stuck on just 92 seats, their worst result ever.

Michela Morizzo said that part of the reason the Conservatives are struggling is because of the rise in the Reform UK vote led by Richard Tice with some also believing Nigel Farage could make a comeback.

She said: “The political situation continues to evolve in a climate of general uncertainty. Notably, this week we have seen Reform UK and LibDems grow by one percentage point respectively. A trend, especially that of Reform UK, which started growing for a few weeks. What does this mean?

“That at the moment the liaison between the voters and the parties are weaker and the electorate tends to move where they think to find answers to their problems. However, the scenario remains evolving and the next months will be crucial for the future political picture.”

But the most devastating results have come in polling by Redfield and Wilton which reveals that the Conservatives are no longer the most trusted party in a series of key areas.

According to the findings Labour is now more trusted on the economy by 33 percent to 32 percent but far more worryingly for Tory MPs, Starmer’s party is seen as more likely to cut taxes by 38 percent to 24 percent in a damning indictment of Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement.

Shockingly, Labour are also seen as more likely to deal with the Channel migrant crisis by 27 percent to 24 percent and are even more trusted on Brexit by 29 percent to 27 percent.

In a week where the Tories have also become embroiled in rows about the Online Harms Bill, Labour is now also seen as the party of free speech by 33 percent to 24 percent.

Mr Sunak’s Tories are only more trusted in a few areas including reducing the number of illegal migrants, defence and Ukraine but only narrowly in each category.

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The poll results come through after Mr Sunak last night lost his first by-election test as Prime Minister.

Labour’s Samantha Dixon was elected to the City of Chester with a 61 percent share of the vote a 12 percent swing away from the Tories in a seat which had been a marginal.

Despite this, sources close to Mr Sunak have insisted that he believes Labour national lead is “soft” and the Conservatives can turn things around in the next two years.

But one MP who had backed Mr Sunak to be leader questioned whether the leader had the cut through needed with voters and told Express.co.uk that they are considering quitting at the next election.

The MP said: “You can’t put Rishi on a leaflet and have the same impact with voters that Boris did.

“I just don’t see where we get our votes from to recover.”

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