According to a new poll, the Tories are on course for a crushing defeat in the upcoming wakefield by-election.
In a development that will once again pressure Boris Johnson, the JL Partners survey gives Labor a 20-point lead over the Conservatives in the key seat.
Voters in the Red Wall constituency – who won the Tories against Labor in the 2019 elections – will go to the polls on June 23.
The vote comes after incumbent Conservative MP Imran Ahmad Khan resigned after being convicted of sexually assaulting a teenager.
In the last election, he was supported by 47 percent of voters, while Labor was 40 percent behind.
According to the new poll, published in the Sunday Times, Labor now stands at 48 percent and the Tories at 28 percent.
The findings are particularly important as the prime minister is already under enormous pressure from his own MPs, with speculation he could have a no-confidence vote as early as this week.
The House of Commons will return from recess tomorrow, when many expect Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench Tory MPs, to announce that he has received the 54 letters needed to force a vote.
Prime Minister’s anger over the partygate scandal has increased after the publication last month of Sue Gray’s report on the affair, which blamed “senior leadership” at the top of the government for allowing lockdown-breaking parties into number 10.
A senior Conservative told HuffPost UK: “I know that many MPs have received very bad feedback from voters in the Prime Minister about partygate at events over the anniversary weekend.”
According to the poll, swing voters in Wakefield have switched to Labor as a result of their anger at partygate and their belief that Johnson has lost touch with working-class voters.
James Johnson, the co-founder of JL Partners, said: “All signs are that Partygate has crystallized historic concerns about the Tories and has definitely turned the people of Wakefield against them.”
The prime minister is also under pressure over the by-election of Tiverton and Honiton, which will also take place on June 23 after the sitting Tory MP, Neil Parish, resigned after being caught watching porn in the House of Commons.
The Tories defend a majority of 24,239, but the Lib Dems are hoping for a big shock.