Conservatives climb to 16 point lead in latest poll

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Theresa May Succeeds David Cameron As The UK's New Prime Minister
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The Conservatives have taken a 16 point lead over Labour in a new poll just 13 days after Theresa May became Prime Minister.

A poll by ICM has found that the Conservatives have climbed by four percentage points to 43 per cent, against Labour's two percentage point fall to 27 per cent.

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The UK Independence Party dropped one percentage point to 13 per cent, while the Liberal Democrats dropped by the same amount to eight per cent.

The news comes after a separate poll released last week by YouGov found that the Tories had opened up an 11 point lead on Labour.

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May has been active since she took the reins of the Conservative party in making diplomatic trips within the UK - to Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland - as well as internationally - to Berlin and Paris - to reassure partners that the UK is committed to retaining strong relations.

On the other side, Labour has been embattled by a bitter leadership battle. Today the High Court is hearing a legal challenge against the National Executive Committee's decision to automatically place leader Jeremy Corbyn on the ballot despite not gaining the backing of MPs.

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