‘Partygate’ payback as Tory support in the Red Wall collapses

The Conservative Party is haemorrhaging support in the Red Wall in the wake of the “partygate” scandal, a new poll has shown, as Boris Johnson prepares for losses at next month’s local elections.

A new poll shows the Tories now command the support of just 38 per cent of Red Wall voters, down from 56 per cent at the last general election in 2019.

The finding calls into question the stability of Mr Johnson’s gains in Red Wall areas, and suggest the Tories will lose a significant number of council seats at the local elections on May 5.

The poll, by the think tank More in Common for The Telegraph, also shows a collapse in support in “Blue Wall” areas populated by traditional Tory voters in the south of England, where the Liberal Democrats are targeting Conservative seats.

The collapse in support for the Conservatives comes after Mr Johnson was fined by the Metropolitan Police for attending his own birthday party in Downing Street in June 2020, and the prospect of more fines to come.

Voters divided over PM’s future

The poll also showed that 61 per cent of the public think that he should resign over the controversy, although voters are divided over when he should leave No10.

Forty two per cent of respondents to the poll said he should resign now, but 19 per cent think he should remain in office while the Government responds to the war in Ukraine.

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