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More poorer Brits voted Tory than Labour for the first time in the last election


MORE poorer Brits voted Tory than Labour for the first time to help deliver Boris Johnson’s 2019 election landslide.

A study of the December poll has shown the Conservatives established a 15-point lead over the Opposition among those on low incomes.

More poorer Brits voted Tory than Labour for the first time in the 2019 General Election

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More poorer Brits voted Tory than Labour for the first time in the 2019 General ElectionCredit: Paul Marriott

It even revealed the Tories were more popular with those struggling to make ends meet than they were among wealthier voters.

A report for the anti-poverty Joseph Rowntree Foundation says:  “The Tories are no longer the party of the rich, while Labour is no longer the party of the poor”.

It examined the British Election Study and found 45.4 per cent of low-income voters backed the Tories, with 30.6 per cent backing Labour.

For high-income voters it was 40 per cent Tory and 30.8 Labour. The analysis was by experts at the University of Kent and Royal Holloway University.

They found Mr Johnson’s pledge to “level up” the nation and his support for Brexit helped win over Labour voters.

Both parties face a battle for support of the poorest as they are set to bear the brunt of the fallout from coronavirus, the report warns.

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