The Liberal Democrats have slumped to their lowest-ever poll rating in the wake of allegations that their former chief executive Lord Rennard sexually harassed female party activists.
For the first time in its monthly polls for The Independent, ComRes puts Nick Clegg’s party in fourth place behind the UK Independence Party. The Liberal Democrats are on just eight per cent, down two points on last month, while Ukip is on nine per cent (down one point).
The survey, taken between Friday and Sunday when the Rennard controversy dominated the headlines, suggests it has damaged the Liberal Democrats. It is a setback for Mr Clegg in the run-up to Thursday’s Eastleigh by-election caused by the resignation of Chris Huhne, the former minister who has admitted perverting the course of justice and awaits sentencing.
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12 January: The Mirror is reporting that a poll in tomorrow’s Sunday People will show that UKIP have edged ahead of the Conservatives – according to voting intentions for the European Elections.
The poll puts Labour ahead on 35%, UKIP on 23%, the Tories on 22% with their coalition partners the Lib Dems on 8%.
The news comes as David Cameron tries to appease the Eurosceptics in his own party by making tough noises about EU reform, which have alarmed business leaders and even some of his coalition partners.
Labour leader Ed Miliband is adamant Britain should stay in the EU.
“Some cabinet ministers in this Government now openly say we would be better off outside the EU,” he said. “I will not allow our country to sleepwalk toward exit because it would be a betrayal of our national interest.”