Conservatives on 47 percent, lead narrows slightly - Panelbase

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives were on 48 per cent, up one point from a similar survey a week before.

Apart from that, the British Prime Minister promised to increase the national living wage and introduce a new family care leave system.

Mrs May will also change the Equalities Act to extend protections from discrimination to those suffering fluctuating or intermittent mental health conditions.

Her package will also include a commitment to protect workers' pensions in the wake of the BHS scandal; a new right to request leave for training purposes; a right to leave for workers who suffer the tragedy of losing a child and the introduction of returnships for people coming back into work after a period of time off.

The prime minister will also pledge to retain all workers' rights that are now guaranteed under European Union law.

May will later this week unveil a series of manifesto promises in what she called the "greatest extension of rights and protections for employees by any Conservative government in history", writing in the Financial Times on Monday. Mrs May said a Conservative government would tell firms to provide more details about this, and also to start reporting how they pay people of different ethnicities as well.

"GMB members will believe it when they see it".

A Tory plan for reforms of workers' rights would leave low-paid staff worse off by more than £2,000, Labour has claimed.

Ian Lavery, Labour's national campaign co-ordinator, said the previous chancellor, George Osborne, had said the national living wage would hit £9 per hour by 2020.

"The Conservatives tried to ban workers from striking and were blocked by the Liberal Democrats in government", said the former business secretary who clashed with Number 10 over workers' rights in the coalition years. They would have their jobs and employment rights protected when they return to work.

British Chambers of Commerce director general Adam Marshall said businesses would be anxious about the prospect of "costly or bureaucratic new obligations, no matter how well-intentioned" while Mike Cherry, national chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, said new employment regulations "must be backed up with proper support for smaller businesses".

  • Joanne Flowers