Published On: Fri, Nov 8th, 2019

Election news: Remainers support PM’s ‘get Brexit done’ stance in boost to party | UK | News


The Prime Minister has gone into the general election campaign, insisting that the country needs to move on from Brexit and address the future challenges the country faces, with renewed investment in the NHS and schools a top priority. And it now seems that this is a message that is resonating with an ever increasing number of  Remainers. On Thursday James Johnson carried out research on the upcoming election with a focus group in a London swing seat.

Previously he worked as a senior research and strategy adviser to Theresa May from 2016-19 and was responsible for running No 10’s polling.

Afterwards he tweeted:”Conservative core message is profoundly powerful.

“Just moving on from Brexit is the bedrock of current British public opinion – and was persuasive for Remainers too.

“I was left with the sense that more Remainers might vote CON than some think.”

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In further good news for the Prime Minister, a poll carried out earlier in the week indicated that Tory Remainers are likely to stand by the Conservative party.

The ICM poll was published on Monday and was carried out between November 1 and November 4.

In a major blow to Lib Dem hopes of hoovering up disaffected Tory Remainers, the poll suggested that the Conservatives are performing impressively among those who voted Remain in 2016 and Conservative in 2017.

Nearly seven in ten pro-Remain Conservatives said that they intend to stick with the Tories (67 percent).

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The same poll also indicated that the Tories are doing a better job of capturing 2016 Leave voters than Labour are doing of capturing 2016 Remain voters.

Just under six in ten Leave voters intend to vote Tory (57%), while less than half of Remain voters intend to vote Labour (45%).

In more bad news for Mr Corbyn, Labour’s ongoing anti-Semitism scandal is having a negative impact on voters.

Theresa May’s former pollster confirmed that voters in the focus group were now much more aware of the issue that they were a year ago and attacked the Labour leader over his handling of the issue.

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He posted:”Corbyn slated for antisemitism. Voters did not know what this word meant a year ago. Came up straight away tonight.”

The Labour Party has been embroiled in a growing scandal over antisemitism ever since Mr Corbyn was elected leader in 2015.

As the party has tracked ever more towards the left, it has become far more vocal in its criticism of Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians, in particular over its building of settlements in the occupied territories.

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Jewish Labour MPs have also bitterly complained of being racially abused by party members and activists.

This has led to the high profile resignations from the party of Luciana Berger, MP for Liverpool Wavetree and her colleague Dame Louise Ellman, MP for Liverpool Riverdside.

Ms Ellman was particularly scathing in her criticism of Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of antisemitism in the party.

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She described Labour as a “party that permits anti-Jewish racism to flourish” and accused the Labour leader of “attracting the support of too many anti-Semites.”

In an effort to draw a line under the scandal, Mr Corbyn asked the barrister and human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti in 2016 to look into the extent of anti-Semitism and other forms of racism within the party.

The report concluded that while Labour was not “overrun by anti-Semitism or other forms of racism”, there was an “occasionally toxic atmosphere”.



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