Tories ahead in two new opinion polls

New poll puts the Conservatives eight points ahead of the Lib Dems.

The Conservatives have regained their lead over the Liberal Democrats, according to a new opinion poll which puts the party two points ahead.

Ahead of the second televised leaders' debate, the latest daily YouGov survey for the Sun put the Tories up two points to 33 per cent, the Lib Dems down three to 31 per cent and Labour down one to 27 per cent. If repeated at the election on a uniform swing, the latest figures would leave Labour as the single largest party in a hung parliament, 68 seats short of an overall majority.

Elsewhere, a new ComRes survey for the Independent gave the Conservatives an eight-point lead. The poll showed the Tories unchanged on 35 per cent, with the Lib Dems up one to 27 per cent and Labour down one to 25 per cent.

The New Statesman Poll of Polls now suggests that a hung parliament, with the Tories as the largest single party, is the most likely outcome of the election. The Poll of Polls, based on an average of the five most recent opinion polls, puts the Tories on 32.6 per cent, the Lib Dems on 31.4 per cent and Labour on 25.8 per cent. If repeated at the election, the figures would leave the Conservatives 74 seats short of an overall majority.