Ukip soars to top of polls despite Farage ducking byelection battle

Ukip soars to top of polls despite Farage ducking byelection battle

Latest polling puts Nigel Farage’s party on course to sweep European elections after leader rules out standing in Newark.

Nigel Farage has bounced back from his decision not to stand in the Newark byelection as a new opinion poll found that Ukip was on course to achieve an emphatic victory in the European parliamentary elections next month.

The Ukip leader, who began the day denying that he was too “frit” to stand in Newark, was shown to be the dominant force in British politics at the moment after a dramatic increase in support for his party.

The ComRes/ITV News poll put support for Ukip at 38% for the European elections – an increase of eight points since the beginning of the month. Labour is down three points on 27% while the Tories trail in third place on 18%, down four points. The Liberal Democrats remain unchanged on 8%.

Tom Mludzinski, the head of political polling at ComRes, said: “Ukip look set to pull off something spectacular at next month’s European elections.”

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