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>> British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives are taking a hit in the polls, possibly of their own making. The latest survey showing their lead ahead of the June election halved all after they released their manifesto. The Tories had expectations of a landslide victory at the snap election next month.
But their popularity now just 9% ahead of the opposition Labour Party According to the Survation poll. And it might boil down to one policy announcement in particular. I'm Reuters Jacob Greaves, reporting from Westminster, where the UK Prime Minister has faced criticism for her social care reform plans. Some calling it a dementia tax.
And the jibes even extend to tabloids, who've often been kind to May. The proposal to means test social care for the elderly was set to penalize the wealthier whilst helping the poor. But what was supposed to suck in Labour voters may jettison core Conservative backers. On Monday, an attempt to get things back on message and a hint that there's wiggle room in the reform plans.
>> This manifesto says that we will come forward with a consultation paper, a government green paper. And that consultation will include an absolute limit on the amount people have to pay for their care costs.>> Some will call it a softening, others a u-turn.>> Are you embarrassed by this u-turn, Prime Minister?
>> Among them former Conservative Chancellor turned newspaper editor, George Osborne. Either way, it's fodder for opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn.>> A Tory u-turn on social care would be extremely welcome. Because I want this country to face up to its responsibilities to those who need care. Either frail elderly, those with special needs, those with severe disabilities, those with learning difficulties.
>> If polls are to be believed, Theresa May still has a sizeable lead over her Labour counterpart. But on Monday, May showed signs that he's still seen as a threat.