Lib Dem poll surge continues

Dramatic increase in support continues as new YouGov poll puts the Lib Dems in first place.

The dramatic increase in support for the Liberal Democrats has continued, according to a new opinion poll which puts the party ahead of Labour and the Conservatives.

The latest daily YouGov survey for the Sun put the Lib Dems up four points to 33 per cent, the Tories down one to 32 per cent and Labour down four to 26 per cent. But if repeated on a uniform swing at the election, the latest figures would leave Labour as the largest single party in a hung parliament. According to UK Polling Report's swing calculator, Gordon Brown would be 79 seats short of an overall majority.

The surge in support for the Lib Dems since Nick Clegg's performance in the first televised leaders' debate, means that the party has now overtaken Labour in the New Statesman Poll of Polls. The Conservatives remain ahead on 32 per cent, with the Lib Dems just behind on 30 per cent and Labour in third place on 28 per cent. If repeated on a uniform swing, the figures would again leave Labour as the largest party, 49 seats short of a majority.