If Labour’s luck continues to roll, the snap election may prove a disastrous decision for the Tories : i News

When Theresa May stunned Westminster by calling a snap election, Conservative press officers were sent out to insist that victory wasn’t in the bag. They were mocked for crying wolf by journalists studying opinion polls suggesting Labour was on course for its heaviest defeat since the 1930s. At that point the main issue seemed to be what Labour would look like after its inevitable election hammering. Weeks on, a different picture Today, as that once overwhelming Tory lead continues to shrink, the picture is very different. It will give Jeremy Corbyn’s team renewed hope that something remarkable is happening – and mean the Conservatives face a second weekend of election jitters. The unexpected tightening of the election race probably reflects the damage from the launch of a Tory manifesto containing the ‘dementia tax’, the end of the pensions triple lock and the scrapping of free school dinners. Mrs May’s panicky U-turn over social care funding – and her bizarre insistence it was not a change – can only have damaged her ‘strong and stable’ mantra. Labour’s core messages have struck a chord Meanwhile, Labour’s core messages of investment in schools, hospitals and police, funded by higher taxes on big business and the highest paid, have struck a chord with voters. The party has been boosted by two bursts of publicity for its policy platform – when the manifesto was leaked and when it was officially launched – and by the spirited campaign being fought by Mr Corbyn.

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