PM Johnson's Conservatives have seven-point lead over Labour - ICM

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves the Conservative Party headquarters in London, Britain November 4, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have a seven percentage-point lead over the opposition Labour Party ahead of a Dec. 12 election, according to an ICM poll published by Reuters on Monday.

ICM’s first poll of the election campaign put the Conservatives on 38% and Labour on 31%. The pro-European Union Liberal Democrats had the support of 15% of those surveyed, while the Brexit Party was on 9%.

The poll of 2,047 people, carried out online between Nov. 1 and 4, shows a narrower gap than recent surveys from other pollsters, which have put the Conservatives between 8 and 17 percentage points ahead of Labour.

ICM said the survey showed the two main parties losing a similar proportion of voters over Brexit.

It said 11% of those voted Conservative at the last election in 2017 were now planning to vote for the Brexit Party, while 12% of those who backed Labour in 2017 intended to vote for the Liberal Democrats.

More than two-thirds of those who voted ‘Remain’ in the Brexit referendum in 2016 and for the Conservatives in 2017 intended to stick with Johnson’s Conservatives, ICM said.

Reporting by Kate Holton and Kylie MacLellan, Editing by William Schomberg