Poll gives UK Conservatives big lead ahead of June election


Some recent opinion polls have put Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives ahead of Labour by more than 20 percentage points and on course for a landslide victory. "We need to create a dialogue", the Labour leader said, as dictator Kim Jong-un clashes with Trump.

"The fact is the war on terror, which has driven these interventions, has not succeeded".

"So no more hand holding with Donald Trump - a Labour government will conduct a robust and independent foreign policy made in London".

And the survey, which covered the period May 5-10, found that Mrs May was the most prominent politician in the week's coverage, featuring in nearly one-third (32.4%) of news items about the election, followed by Mr Corbyn (21.4%).

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn rejected suggestions that he was a pacifist, insisting on Friday that he would approve military action as a last resort.

The Tories have said they will not only retain the commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target of spending 2% of GDP on defence - which Labour also supports - but also ensure there is an annual real-terms increase in the armed forces' budget throughout the next parliament.

But while Labour's slogan of building a Britain "for the many, not the few" emerged at around the same time as the Conservative's "strong and stable leadership", it has not had the same kind of heavy promotion on social media.

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In an impassioned speech at Chatham House in London, Mr Corbyn said he isn't a pacifist, but cautioned against military action overseas.

In further bad news for the Labour leader, 42% said that the Conservatives are running the best General Election campaign so far, while only 20% think Corbyn's party has the edge.

He said he supported military action "as a genuine last resort" but accused recent British and USA governments of "bomb first, talk later" policies. It has not increased our security at home.

Citing claims that the Labour programme would cost every family £4,000 a year, Mrs May said: "It's a manifesto that is 100% Jeremy Corbyn with costings that are 100% Diane Abbott".

But he added: "If elected prime minister, I will do everything necessary to protect the safety and security of our people and our country".

However, the Labour leader came unstuck when quizzed by journalists about whether he would be prepared to use the country's Trident nuclear deterrent.