Boris Johnson is rated more favourably than Jeremy Corbyn across almost every social group, except Londoners, Remainers and the young, a new poll has found. According to YouGov, 38 percent of Britons have a favourable view of the Prime Minister, compared to 54 percent who have an unfavourable opinion, giving him a net score of minus 16. By contrast, Mr Corbyn languishes far behind on a net score of minus 49, with just 21 percent of the population holding a positive opinion of him and a whopping 70 percent holding a negative one.
With a general election in 2019 looking extremely likely, both leaders will have to try to boost their image as much as possible, and discredit the one of the other.
The Conservative Party has already tried to do so after Labour MPs blocked Mr Johnson’s attempt to call a snap election.
The oldest political organisation in Britain, and arguably the world, published a meme on Twitter depicting Mr Corbyn in a chicken costume.
The Conservatives also delivered chicken to journalists offices in an escalation of their campaign to brand the Labour leader “a chicken” for refusing to back the calls for an early election.
As anticipation grows for the Labour Party convention in Brighton this weekend, author and Marie Le Comte revealed in her new book “Haven’t You Heard” why Mr Johnson will never shake hands with Mr Corbyn in Parliament.
Ms Le Comte wrote that for a start, conventions inside the Palace of Westminster are “more than a little odd”.
She continued: “In his book on the time he spent as an MP, Gyles Brandreth talks about a particularly puzzling encounter on his first day in 1992.
“He was welcomed to the Palace by Jeremy Hanley, a long-serving MP, who gave him a tour of the premises.
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According to another book “The House of Commons: An Anthropology of MPs at Work” written by author Emma Crewe , the only exception takes place when a Member of Parliament is retiring, or has lost her seat.
To do so otherwise would imply that you wish your colleague prematurely gone.
After Speaker of the Commons John Bercow announced his resignation by October 31 this month, opposition MPs all lined up to shake hands with the outgoing-Honourable Member.