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The latest Savanta poll reveals a significant decline in the UK Labour Party's lead over the Conservatives, marking its lowest point since June 2023. This drop of 7 percentage points is attributed

to various factors, including the party's decision to abandon a green spending target and its handling of anti-Semitism allegations.

Over the past year, polls consistently indicated Labour's trajectory towards victory in the upcoming national election, following a 14-year Conservative tenure led by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. However, the recent poll, conducted from Feb. 9 to Feb. 11, paints a different picture, estimating Labour's potential vote share at 41%, a decrease of five points from two weeks prior. Conversely, support for the Conservatives rose by two points to 29% during the same period. The data, based on online interviews with 2,224 individuals, underscores a notable shift in voter sentiment.

Chris Hopkins, Savanta's Political Research Director, advises caution in interpreting a single poll but highlights the emergence of uncertainties surrounding Labour among some voters. While Labour's lead has remained consistently high for several months, Hopkins suggests that doubts regarding Keir Starmer's leadership and the party's policies may be resurfacing.

The timing of the polling coincides with media reports detailing controversial statements made by Labour's candidate in a by-election in Rochdale, as well as the party's reversal on a green spending target due to economic concerns.

Despite these challenges, modeling by the Electoral Calculus website, based on the latest poll, indicates that Labour could still secure a 92-seat majority in the national election if the trends persist. However, the narrowing lead underscores the need for Labour to address voter concerns and solidify its position ahead of the upcoming electoral contest. Photo by Rwendland, Wikimedia commons.