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Lessons of history from the marginal seat of Dudley North

The scale of the task facing the Conservatives at the annual conference has been made clear by an opinion poll for ITV News.

It suggests that in 40 marginal constituencies where Labour and the Tories will go head to head, Ed Miliband's party has an 11% lead.

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports on the lessons of history in the marginal seat of Dudley North:

Third of marginal seat voters would consider voting Ukip

A third of voters in 40 marginal seats would consider voting for Ukip at the next general election but over half said they would next cast their ballot for the eurosceptic party, a new ComRes poll for ITV News suggests.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

In the event of a coalition government after the next election, voters would prefer the Liberal Democrats to Ukip as the junior partner by 42% compared to 35%.

Conservative voters also preferred to work with the Lib Dems instead of Ukip by 47% to 40%.


Poll gives Labour 11-point lead in key marginal seats

A new ITV News poll shows Labour have a big lead in the battleground marginal seats that are key to next year's general election.

Ed Miliband will be cheered by the latest figures on marginal seats. Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

The ComRes survey found Ed Miliband's party were 11 points ahead of the Tories in the 40 tightest contests, a rise of five points since June.

Labour are currently on 41% in these seats, with the Tories on 30% - both sides were on 37% in these seats at the 2010 election.

How many new homes are the Tories and Labour pledging to build?

David Cameron has pledged to build 100,000 new homes for young first-time buyers at discounted prices if the Conservatives win the next General Election in May.

David Cameron has pledged a Tory government would build 100,000 homes for first time buyers. Credit: ITV News

Meanwhile, Labour has vowed to build 200,000 new homes a year by 2020 and said the Prime Minister has presided over the lowest level of house building in peacetime Britain since the 1920s.

Both the Conservative and Labour's housing pledges still fall short of charity Shelter's calls for 250,000 new homes to be built a year.


Labour: 'Fundamental changes' needed in housing

David Cameron has presided over the lowest level of house building in peacetime since the 1920s and that "fundamental changes" were now needed to the way the market works, the shadow housing minister said.

Emma Reynolds said, 'Within weeks of taking office, he cut the affordable housing budget by 60%'. Credit: Rebekah Downes/PA Wire

"Within weeks of taking office, he cut the affordable housing budget by 60%," Emma Reynolds said.

"After four and a half years he now tells us that he is going to deliver for first-time buyers but under his Government a record one in four young people are living at home with their parents and young people across the country are priced out of home ownership."

Farage: Ukip parking our tanks on Labour party's lawn

Ukip leader Nigel Farage is addressing delegates at the party's annual conference in Doncaster.

on GMB this morning.

He has said that Ukip is now challenging Labour as well as the Conservatives, adding that "this party is not about left and right. This party is about right and wrong."

Mr Farage said that he had decided to choose Doncaster - where Labour leader Ed Miliband is an MP - to send a message that "we are now parking our tanks on the Labour party's lawn"

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