Poll gives Conservative Mike Freer five-point lead over Lib Dem Luciana Berger in Finchley and Golders Green

Exclusive: A quarter of voters cite Labour antisemitism as major factor in their vote, as party's support in the seat plummets


Tory Mike Freer is five points ahead of Lib Dem Luciana Berger in Finchley and Golders Green, according to a poll for the JC.

The poll of 507 adults in the constituency puts Mr Freer on 29 per cent, Ms Berger on 24 per cent and their Labour challenger Ross Houston on just 14 per cent.

Brexit and Labour's antisemitism crisis – as well as high-profile Ms Berger stepping in to be the Lib Dem candidate – have made the seat one of the most keenly watched in this General Election.

Historically it has been a Labour/Tory marginal – which Jeremy Corbyn's party lost by just 1,657 votes in 2017. But the poll for the JC places Labour a distant third.

It paints a different picture to the recent landmark YouGov MRP poll that put the Lib Dems in third on 27 per cent, compared with Labour on 28 and the Tories on 45 per cent.

Read the poll tables in full



Asked to name the most pressing issues impacting their vote, a quarter of people cited Labour's antisemitism crisis, 45 per cent of whom said they would vote Conservative, 28 for the Lib Dems and three for Labour.

A total of 46 per cent agreed with the statement "the Labour Party has behaved in a racist way towards the Jewish community" while 17 per cent disagreed.

Just 12 per cent felt Jeremy Corbyn had handled the antisemitism issue well, while 68 per cent felt he had not.

Thirteen per cent said they would not be voting for any of the three main parties and 20 per cent declined to say who they were backing.

Of the 81 respondents who identified as Jewish, 51 per cent planned to vote for Mr Freer while 23 per cent backed Ms Berger and six per cent backed Mr Houston.

In 2017, 37 per cent of the respondents voted Conservative, compared with 28 per cent who backed Labour and just nine per cent who backed the Lib Dems.

The poll's fieldwork was conducted by Watermelon and the tables were compiled by Populus Data Solutions.

Around a fifth of Finchley and Golders Green voters are Jewish, the highest proportion of any constituency in the country.

On November 16, the Observer published a poll for the seat that put the Conservatives on 46 per cent, the Lib Dems on 32 per cent and Labour on 19. 

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