Success for Ukip as EU polls show Lib Dem slump

Kate McCann
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NIGEL Farage’s Ukip party has hit record highs in a string of recent polls, which could spell success at the ballot box in the European elections in May.

The most recent ComRes poll this weekend put Ukip on 20 per cent of the vote, with the Conservatives on 29 per cent and Labour polling 35 per cent. The Liberal Democrats are trailing behind on just seven per cent, leading to speculation that they could be wiped out in the EU parliament altogether in May. Other polls had Ukip on 18 and 15 per cent, with the Lib Dems on seven and nine per cent.

A spokesman for leader Nick Clegg said: “These are clearly much more challenging circumstances than when we last fought these elections in 2009, but the Liberal Democrats are campaigning hard as the only party prepared to make the case for Britain being in Europe.” Meanwhile a Ukip spokesman called the results “exciting”, adding that Ukip has connected with the British public.