British PM May could lose majority

The further drop comes after a YouGov poll conducted for the Times showed the Conservative's lead is down to just 3%.

The British prime minister's hardened rhetoric on the process that will eventually see the United Kingdom leave the European Union comes as she bids to regain political momentum in the face of a narrowing lead in polls before a snap election on June 8.

"But since the manifestos were launched, there's been a rapid tumbling in the gap between the Conservatives and Labour", he said, referring to the pre-election pledges of the main parties.

She gave no answer, but said the election was a crucial choice, with her promising to negotiate the best Brexit deal for Britain when negotiations start with Brussels just days after the election. She called the election three years early to increase her majority, now 17 seats, so she could strengthen her negotiating hand in Brexit talks with the rest of Europe.

This plus the Labour party being popular in the opinion polls has seen the odds of a Hung Parliament shorten from 14/1 to 5/1 in the last two weeks as well as the next government to be a Labour Minority narrow from 28/1 to as short as 9/1.

Meanwhile, it tipped the Labour Party to gain almost 30 seats - a result that would give no party an overall majority in the House of Commons, forcing a coalition or a minority government.

"The only poll that matters is the one that's going to take place on June 8", she said on a campaign visit to Plymouth in southwest England.

Support for the Liberal Democrats was unchanged at 7 per cent, according to the poll taken between May 26 and June 1.

It recovered ground early on Wednesday, trading broadly flat at 1.28 against the dollar and up 0.1 percent against the euro at 1.14.

The analysis is based on a complex model drawing on 50,000 surveys and puts the Tories on 310 seats, down from the 330 they went into the election with, and 16 short of a majority.

"Part of being a good leader is having a good, strong team around you, and I am proud and delighted to be here representing the Conservative Party and the Prime Minister making that case", Conservative Home Secretary Amber Rudd said.

May had ruled out any face-to-face debates during the campaign and Corbyn had followed suit, before changing his stance.

But after sending shockwaves around the political world last night, the pollsters quickly stressed the drawbacks of their new model for the 2017 general election. Instead, May sent her interior minister, Amber Rudd, who dismissed the leaders as members of a "coalition of chaos".

  • Salvatore Jensen