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Boris Johnson does best against Keir Starmer in head-to-head

Boris Johnson 'clearly winning' in Conservative polls says host

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Boris Johnson could be set for an unlikely return to frontline politics after a stunning poll saw him top a list of Conservative Party candidates in an election showdown against Keir Starmer. A fresh Opinium poll, carried out for the ITV Peston programme, has dealt another significant blow to Liz Truss’ crisis-hit tenure as Prime Minister. Ms Truss is clinging onto power in No10 ahead of a crunch meeting of the 1922 Committee.

Earlier on Thursday, Sheryll Murray became the 11th Conservative MP to call for Liz Truss to stand down and says she has submitted a letter of no confidence to the Chairman of the 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady.

Speaking on the Peston last night, ITV’s deputy political editor Anushka Asthana revealed that more than 30 percent of the general population did not know the best Conservative successor to Ms Truss if she resigned.

This signals potential infighting among the Tories, as MPs plot to remove Ms Truss from Downing Street.

Among the general population, most of the leading names “barely make a dent” with Suella Braverman, Ben Wallace, Jeremy Hunt and Penny Mordaunt all below 10 percent among voters.

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Ms Asthana continued: “There are two big contenders here.

“In the eyes of the general public, Rishi Sunak is in the lead with around 25 percent support.

“But the winner among Tory voters, quite clearly, is Boris Johnson with over 30 percent among Conservatives.

“As for head to heads, Keir Starmer beats them all but Boris Johnson does best with 30 percent support, followed by Rishi Sunak on 27 percent support.”

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Penny Mordaunt lagged behind in the match up with Sir Keir with just 21 percent.

Jeremy Hunt would only win 19 percent, Ben Wallace 18 percent, and Suella Braverman a dismal 12 percent.

This echoes similar polling this week after a YouGov poll of Tory members found that Mr Johnson topped the list of who would be best to replace Ms Truss.

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A majority, at 63 percent, think former PM Boris Johnson would be a good replacement, with 32 percent putting him as their top candidate, followed by Mr Sunak at 23 percent.

The poll, recorded before last night’s chaotic scenes in the Commons, found 55 percent of party members think Ms Truss should resign now.

Meanwhile, ITV News’ Paul Brand tweeted this morning that a member of the 1922 Committee told him that the “odds are against” Ms Truss surviving the day as Prime Minister.

He added that the committee is expected to meet later to discuss the leadership crisis.

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