Boris Johnson's Conservatives have 14 point lead over Labour - poll


Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives have a 14 point lead over the opposition Labour Party ahead of a Dec. 12 election, a poll published by Good Morning Britain showed on Monday.

The opinion poll, carried out by Survation, put support for the Conservatives on 42%, compared to 28% for Labour. The pro-European Union Liberal Democrats were on 13% and the Brexit Party was on 5%.

It did not give changes in levels of support as this was the first in the poll series.

Survation surveyed 1,010 adults by telephone between Nov. 14 and 16.

In other news, a survey has shown that he number of properties put up for sale in Britain has fallen by the most in any month in more than 10 years as the combination of Brexit and an election weighs on the market.

There were 14.9% fewer properties put on sale in the four weeks to Nov. 9 than in the same period last year, property website Rightmove said.

That was the biggest annual fall since August 2009, shortly after the global financial crisis.

"I've seen lots of unusual events affecting the property market in my 40-year career, but a Brexit deadline followed by a snap general election six weeks later is obviously a new combination," Miles Shipside, Rightmove director, said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called a Dec. 12 election in a bid to break a deadlock in parliament over his plan for taking Britain out of the European Union, the deadline for which has been delayed until Jan. 31 from Oct. 31.

Rightmove said some would-be sellers of property might be waiting to see if Britain's next government reforms the stamp duty tax on property transactions which might reduce the cost of acquiring a new home.

The average price of property coming to market rose by an annual 0.3%, in line with other measures showing house prices almost flat-lining, and the number of sales agreed was down by 2.9%, Rightmove said.