The latest YouGov poll on voting intentions in the North of England has put the embattled Lib Dems on just 4%. This is some 26% behind their Conservative allies (who are hardly known for their popularity in the region) but, perhaps more notably, 3% behind UKIP.
While some yellow partisans have downplayed the results as a rogue poll, UKIP have revelled in their perceived emergence as a “new choice” in the region. The survey has provided an “I told you so” moment” for others, notable North East Lib Dem councillor Ron Beadle, co-founder of the Liberal Leftgroup:
“The YouGov results confirm what I and others have argued for a long time, namely that joining the coalition is disastrous for the party.”
It’ll take more than holding a conference in Gateshead to turn things around.