A poll has revealed Ukip has surged into the lead in the European election contest despite a bruising week of controversies.
Nigel Farage's party recorded 31% support in YouGov research for the Sunday Times, three points ahead of Labour, with the Tories languishing in third on 19%.
It is the first time the company has given Ukip an outright advantage in the race, with ballots due to be cast in less than a month.
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