With just days left before the European elections take place, shadow ministers are concerned that Labour’s ambiguous views on Brexit have helped revive the Liberal Democrats, according to The Guardian. A new poll seen by the Observer has suggested Vince Cable’s party is now in first place in London and could beat Labour overall. An opinion poll for The Observer saw that the Lib Dems have now narrowly overtaken Labour as the favourites for Remain supporters.
The poll said 29 percent of those asked now back Mr Cable’s party and 28 percent back Labour.
A wider poll suggested the Lib Dems are now set to top the polls in London which could push Labour to third place overall in the European election.
However, Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is leading in all other regions apart from Scotland, according to a YouGov/Datapraxis poll of more than 9,000 voters commissioned by the Best for Britain campaign and Hope Not Hate.
A senior party figure said: “If the consequence of Labour’s Brexit position and this European election is to essentially detoxify the Lib Dems, then that’s a real problem.”
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Shadow Treasury minister Clive Lewis said “lifelong Labour voters” refuse to back the Labour party this week due to its Brexit stance.
He said: “It feels like we’ve given the Lib Dems the political equivalent of resuscitation.”
However, it’s not just the Labour party that are now panicking.
It comes as former deputy prime minister and lifelong pro-European Michael Heseltine said the party has become “infected by the virus of extremism” and he cannot endorse its support for leaving the EU.
He said in an article for The Sunday Times: “The reason for my experiment with the Lib Dems is, of course, the Government’s position on Brexit.
“I cannot, with a clear conscience, vote for my party when it is myopically focused on forcing through the biggest act of economic self-harm ever undertaken by a democratic Government.”
Lord Heseltine also said he would resist any attempts to force him out of the Tory party despite his views in the European election.
He wrote: “I have no intention of being forced out – or resigning from – a party that has been such an important part of my life.”
He also suggested that the only way to avoid a no-deal Brexit or a “Marxist Government” led by Mr Corbyn would be for the Conservatives to put a final deal to the public in a second referendum.