Opinion poll reveals effect of 'swivel-eyed loon' row

The first opinion poll has been released since allegations emerged that a senior Tory aide described grassroots activists as "swivel-eyed loons".

  • Conservative: 24% (-5)
  • Labour: 35% (-1)
  • Liberal Democrat: 11% (-1)
  • UKIP: 22% (+6)
  • Other: 8% (nc)

Source: Survation

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PM tries to calm party activists

David Cameron has tried to smooth relations with Conservative activists, insisting he would never have anyone close to him who "sneered" at them. He emailed them after reports that a close ally dismissed some of them as "mad, swivel-eyed loons".