That’s right – the Tories lead Labour by just ONE point, according to the latest Survation poll.

Here’s Reuters‘ take on it:

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives have a lead of just one percentage point over the opposition Labour Party ahead of the June 8 election, according to a Survation poll conducted for the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

The poll showed said May’s lead had fallen sharply from a lead of 12 percentage points in the previous Survation/Mail on Sunday poll published on May 21.

In the new poll, support for the Conservatives stood at 40 percent, down six percentage points and Labour were on 39 percent, up five points.

The online poll of 1,049 people was carried out on June 3.

Perhaps that’s why the Tories have fallen to a new low in their latest attack advert:

Labour has accused the Conservatives of creating “fake news” after a Tory attack video that went viral was edited to show Jeremy Corbyn refusing to condemn the IRA, when in fact the Labour leader said: “I condemn all the bombing by the loyalists and the IRA.”

The 85-second montage of Corbyn’s quotes has been circulating online for the last week and has been viewed 5.3m times, three times more than any other political campaign video. The Conservatives are also paying Facebook to insert it into people’s news feeds. It is subtitled: “On June 9th, this man could be Prime Minister. We can’t let that happen.”

It includes a clip from Corbyn’s appearance on Sky News last month when interviewer Sophy Ridge asked whether he could “condemn unequivocally the IRA”. The Labour leader said: “Look, bombing is wrong, all bombing is wrong, of course I condemn it.” Ridge responded: “But you’re condemning all bombing, can you condemn the IRA without equating it to.” Corbyn said: “No.”

The clip was cut off there but the full quote was: “No, I think what you have to say is all bombing has to be condemned and you have to bring about a peace process. Listen, in the 1980s Britain was looking for a military solution, it clearly was never going to work. Ask anyone in the British army at the time … I condemn all the bombing by the loyalists and the IRA.”

Here’s the ad:

And here’s the actual interview:

This is the same tactic used against This Writer by the scurrilous individuals (supported by the Conservative candidate for the Brecon and Radnorshire Parliamentary seat, Chris Davies) who accused me of supporting anti-Semitism in the run-up to the local government elections last month.

I believe it may be known as “quote mining” – taking comments out of context, or trimming them down in order to make it seem the person being quoted is saying the opposite of what they actually said.

Boil it down to the basics and it’s just another tawdry Tory lie.

Put it in context and you can see that the Conservative Party is getting desperate.

And rightly so.

They’ve just given us all another reason to vote Labour on June 8.

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