Corbyn's up as PM May sinks fast
THERESA May's crisis has deepened with a new poll showing British Labour surging ahead of the Conservatives, and a clear preference for Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister.
The exclusive survey for The Independent by BMG Research has Labour five points ahead of the Tories, who are still reeling from a coup launched by former ministers to overthrow Ms May.
Mr Corbyn, fresh from a conference where he cemented his position, has a two-point lead over Ms May on the question of preferred PM.
The numbers represent a stunning reversal in fortune for both the Tories and Labour.
Ms May's authority had already been undermined by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson even before a catastrophic speech by the PM at last week's Conservative Party conference.
The under-fire PM also faces pressure from the European Union, with leaders in France and Germany signalling they will not allow Brexit talks to progress on to trade.
BMG Research's study gives Labour a four-point increase to 42%. The Conservatives fell two to 37%.
In a separate question on who would make the better PM, Ms May fell two points to 30% and Mr Corbyn rose four points to 32%.
Mr Corbyn's own overall net approval ratings are at 0%, meaning as many people approve of his performance as leader as those who do not - a huge increase from the previous poll, which put him at minus 10%.
Ms May's approval rating is at minus 19%.
The poll, conducted between September 26-29, came before Ms May's own disastrous conference speech when she was interrupted by a heckler handing her a P45 form - a slip given to an employee when they stop working for a company. She also lost her voice and was unable to speak for several minutes, and the backdrop fell apart behind her.
On the eve of the conference, Mr Johnson gave an interview to The Sun in which he set out his own "red lines” on Brexit, demarcating his position from that of the government's.