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Recent Labour voters are now more likely to think Theresa May would make a better prime minister than Jeremy Corbyn, according to the latest poll by YouGov.

Asked who would make a better prime minister, 29 per cent of respondents who voted Labour in 2015 picked Theresa May, compared to 27 per cent who picked Jeremy Corbyn.

The result is the first time Mrs May has overtaken the Labour leader in the weekly poll.

Mr Corbyn still comfortably outpolls Mrs May among respondents who said they intend to vote for Labour at the next election, but the contrast with recent voters highlights the party’s dramatic drop in support among those who voted for Ed Miliband.

The Conservatives extended their lead in overall voting intention to 18 percentage points, with 43 per cent of respondents saying they would support them if a general election were held tomorrow.

The poll results were based on a weighted sample of 1957 British adults surveyed between March 26 and 27.

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