Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party has pushed the Tories into third place in voting intentions for a general election, according to a new opinion poll.
The right-wing Brexit Party was already well ahead of both the Conservatives and Labour in polling for the European election on May 23.
A survey by Opinium Research has now put it on 24% in voting intentions for a Westminster election – two points ahead of the Conservatives on 22%.
Labour remains in front on 29%, while the Liberal Democrats are in fourth place on 11%.
In the latest polling for the European election, the Brexit Party is out in front on 34% followed by Labour on 20%, the Lib Dems are on 15%, with the Tories trailing in fourth place on 11%.
The findings will heighten the despondency among Tory MPs at their electoral prospects and will almost certainly lead to renewed calls for Theresa May to stand down.
– Opinium Research carried out an online survey of 2,004 UK adults aged 18 and over between May 14 and 16.