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Tories losing support over PM May’s lack of plans: Scholar

Rodney Shakespeare

The UK’s ruling Conservative Party is losing its support among voters due to Prime Minister Theresa May’s lack of a meaningful plan to lead the country on both domestic and foreign fronts, says British scholar Dr. Rodney Shakespeare.

According to a new poll conducted for The Independent by BMG Research, Labour—the UK’s main opposition party— is now backed by 42 percent of voters against 37 percent who support the Tories.

The survey also found that 32 percent of voters believe British opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is better-placed for premiership, which is two percent more than the support for May.

The poll came before May’s disastrous Conservative conference speech, which concluded a particularly lackluster national event, characterized by a lack of enthusiasm from the crowd and continuing stories of infighting and disloyalty in the media.

“On the face of it, you might thing the Conservatives have had a disastrous party conference,” Shakespeare told Press TV on Sunday. “But the failure of the Conservatives goes deeper than that.”

The scholar said London’s foreign policy has alienated many because May’s government was supporting Saudi Arabia’s “genocide” in Yemen, Bahrain’s “torture” of its own people and Israel’s “creeping genocide” in Palestine.

The Tory government has also failed to make a difference on the domestic front, Shakespeare argued, citing lack of well-paying jobs and a “disgraceful” social housing as examples.

“So, for a combination of foreign policy failures and a complete lack of major domestic policies people have seen that the only alternative now is the Labour Party,” he continued.

The analyst then turned to May and called her a “frail, fragile captain of a rapidly sinking ship.” Shakespeare said Labour’s victory in the next general election was “certain.”

The premier has struggled to unify Conservatives since June, when she led them to a disastrous parliamentary vote in which they lost their majority.

British media say May has suggested that a cabinet reshuffle is possible and that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson could be replaced, after criticizing her way of handling the UK’s exit from the European Union.

Divisions over the future of May were made public on Friday with a former chairman of her party saying 30 Conservative members of parliament backed a plot to topple her.

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