UK PM Johnson's Conservatives maintain seven-point lead over Labour: ICM poll

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US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he did not want to interfere in Britain's election, but that he thought current Prime Minister Boris Johnson was very capable and would do a good job.

The main opposition Labour party sought to whip up public opinion against Trump this time around, focused on Johnson's plans for a U.S. trade deal after Brexit.

NHS row Johnson's governing Conservatives are leading opinion polls for the December 12 election, but were wary of an intervention by Trump that might upset the campaign.

Donald Trump has slammed the NHS, saying he would not want it even if it was 'handed to us on a silver platter'. He recently wrote to Trump, demanding assurances that the UK's state-funded National Health Service (NHS) will be "off the table" in any post-Brexit US-UK trade talks.

Asked repeatedly on ITV's This Morning by Phillip Schofield to apologise, Mr Corbyn said: "Obviously I am very sorry for everything that has happened".

Trump is a divisive figure for some in Britain, and senior Conservatives are nervous his involvement could upset their campaign.

U.S. President Donald Trump says French President Emmanuel Macron's recent comments that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is experiencing "brain death" is very insulting to the military alliance's other 28 members. He has previously cast New York-born Johnson as Britain's Trump and feted him as the best leader to deliver Brexit.

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Gold prices were pressurized after reports stated that the trade negotiations between U.S. & China were going well. To make matters worse, Trump also said that a deal with China would only happen if he wanted it to.

The Labour leader has used a leaked dossier detailing talks between officials on both sides of the Atlantic to use as evidence of a plot to sell off the NHS, something Mr Johnson has dismissed as "nonsense".

Johnson has said that "under no circumstances" would the NHS be on the table in negotiations.

Mr Johnson is up one point to 36 per cent, while Jeremy Corbyn remains at 19 per cent.

There is speculation that, in the middle of an election campaign, Johnson wants to avoid appearing too close to a United States president who is deeply unpopular in Britain.

"I have not forced them, that's totally unfair, there was absolutely no lobotomy", he said.

However Mr Corbyn's get together is up two factors to 34 per cent because the Tory lead shrunk to single figures.

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