Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg could be set to lose his own seat at the general election according to a new poll.
The survey of 1,001 residents of Sheffield Hallam by Lord Ashcroft, who announced yesterday he was standing down from the Lords to focus on polling (but keeping his title), shows the Lib Dems trailing on 27 points to Labour’s 29.
Clegg loyalists have previously been able to dismiss similar similar polling on technical grounds — an argument not available to them today, with local residents being asked to think of specific candidates and Ashcroft re-allocating ‘don’t knows’ on the basis of votes in 2010.
“Thinking specifically about your own PARLIAMENTARY constituency at the next General Election and the candidates who are likely to stand FOR ELECTION TO WESTMINSTER there, which party’s candidate do you think you will vote for in your own constituency?
The Lib Dems are certainly throwing the kitchen sink at the campaign.
76% of respondents said they’d been contacted by Clegg’s team.