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Keir in hot water: Starmer’s approval rating nosedives to lowest in his history as leader

Keir Starmer is in 'big trouble' with Labour voters says Bridgen

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Deltapoll’s latest survey gave Mr Starmer a net approval rating of zero. Meanwhile Boris Johnson’s popularity skyrocketed to plus 10, putting the prime minister ahead of the opposition leader for the first time since last May.

The dire polling emerged as Mr Starmer continues to be engulfed in an internal row over his decision to oppose a corporation tax hike.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is widely expected to raise the current rate of 19 percent to as high as 25 percent in Wednesday’s budget.

Controversially, the Labour leader demanded last week that the Government rule out any tax rises on firms or families this year as the country recovers from the coronavirus crisis.

The stance was widely seen as an attempt to highlight his pro-business credentials.

But many in his party, including several prominent shadow cabinet members, vehemently oppose his call.

Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds was initially against it before backtracking today saying “now is not the time for immediate tax rises’”.

However, there is a growing split in the party on the issue because some Labour MPs believe they should be supporting the increase, arguing it is a progressive tax.

Mr Johnson was as low as minus 10 last September in Deltapoll’s net approval ratings.

But he has broadly climbed upwards since then, hitting plus one in January and then plus 10 last month.

In September Mr Starmer was on plus 19 but his rating fell to plus five in December before recovering to plus 14 in January. It has now fallen to zero.

The Labour leader is facing a key week in his leadership as he prepares Labour’s response to the Budget.

He told Mr Johnson at PMQs last week that “now is not the time for tax rises for families and for businesses”.

Ms Dodds echoed the same sentiment this morning when she answered questions following a speech in London.

She was asked whether she would vote against an increase in corporation tax in the short term, or if she would support a longer-term package of reform.

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The dire polling emerged as Mr Starmer continues to be engulfed in an internal row over his decision to oppose a corporation tax hike.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is widely expected to raise the current rate of 19 percent to as high as 25 percent in Wednesday’s budget.

Controversially, the Labour leader demanded last week that the Government rule out any tax rises on firms or families this year as the country recovers from the coronavirus crisis.

The stance was widely seen as an attempt to highlight his pro-business credentials.

“But should the Chancellor be focused on particularly imposing additional tax rises right now?

“Well, we don’t believe that he should be focused on that. He really should be focused on securing the recovery.

“Now is not the time for immediate tax rises – it is the time for a Chancellor focused on jobs and securing our recovery.”

Deltapoll surveyed 1,527 British adults from February 24 to 26.

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