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Labour opens up 47% poll lead

Among 18 to 24-year-olds ...

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband: a hit with the young. Photograph: Getty Images.

If you raise tuition fees to £9,000 and allow youth unemployment to pass a million, don't be surprised if young voters desert you.

The latest YouGov poll gives Labour a 47-point lead among 18 to 24-year-olds (NB: 15 per cent "would note vote" and 22 per cent "don't know") . The sample size is just 71, so the margin of error is large, but it's still a striking finding.

While Ed Miliband's party enjoys the support of 58 per cent of the young, the Tories and the Lib Dems are on just 11 per cent each. Were anyone above the age of 24 barred from voting, here's how the result of the next election would look.

Labour: 614 seats

Liberal Democrats: 15 seats

Conservatives: 1 seat

Others: 20 seats

Labour majority: 578 seats

Hat-tip: Mike Smithson.