Labour takes lead in polls after Czech spy claims fail to damage Jeremy Corbyn support

Labour leader dismissed claims about his contact with a former Czech agent as ‘ridiculous smears’
24 February 2018

Labour has moved ahead in the polls amid ongoing allegations about Jeremy Corbyn’s meetings with a former Czech spy in the 1980s.

A new YouGov survey put Labour up one point to 42 per cent, ahead of the Conservatives on 40 per cent, in the first poll since claims first emerged about the Labour leader’s contact with Jan Sarkocy, a Czechoslovakian agent posing as a diplomat.

Opponents seized on the reports in an attempt to discredit Mr Corbyn but the latest Yougov poll for The Times found the attacks had almost no effect on the Labour leader’s popularity ratings.