May 25, 2017 / 9:04 PM / 2 months ago

Conservatives hold eight point lead in election poll taken before attack

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, May 23, 2017.Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party held an eight percentage point lead over the opposition Labour Party in a Kantar poll taken before a suicide bombing in Manchester which killed 22 people.

Campaigning for Britain's election on June 8 has been on hold since the attack and no polls have been published since the bombing on Monday night.

The poll was conducted between the May 18 and 22, the day of the attack. According to the poll, May's Conservatives were on 42 percent, down 5 percentage points, while Labour was up 5 points on 34 percent.

(This version of the story corrects figure in first paragraph)

Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Michael Holden

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