Labour overconfident on election win as middle-class voters coming back to Tories, says poll guru

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2023-03-25 21:33:17  • 3 mins

Britains middle-class voters are beginning to return to the Conservatives because they like Rishi Sunak, according to a top polling guru.

Labour has become overconfident in recent months, said elections expert Lord Hayward describing the large poll leads enjoyed by Sir Keir Starmers party as overestimated.

The influential Conservative peer said: Rishi is seriously outrating the Tory party. It has the potential as long as Rishi doesnt screw it up for Rishi to drag the party up to his level.

Lord Hayward said there were straws in the wind from national polls and local by-election results of a Sunak-inspired revival in Tory fortunes which could see the party cling onto blue wall territory in the south of England.

He added that there was evidence of voters in affluent areas being won over by the competency of Mr Sunak. The real shift [back to the Tories] appears to be the middle class, where the Liberal Democrats are the threat.

The peer said recent council by-elections in Dunblane and Cambridgeshire classic middle-class territory saw a huge improvement for the Tories compared to the partys 2022 local election results.

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