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Conservatives edge Labour in two national polls

The Conservatives have recorded their first lead in a major national opinion poll for more than two years, as elections approach to local councils and the European Parliament.

The first in a series of weekly telephone surveys carried out for Tory peer Lord Ashcroft put David Cameron's party on 34%, two points ahead of Labour on 32%, with the UK Independence Party third on 15% and the Liberal Democrats trailing on 9%.

David Cameron's party has risen above Ed Miliband's in the polls for the first time for more than two years. Credit: PA

There was a further blow for Ed Miliband as an ICM poll for The Guardian also gave the Tories a two-point lead over Labour.

The poll put the Conservatives on 33%, with Labour sliding six points since April to 31%, its lowest ebb since June 2010 in the aftermath of Gordon Brown's election defeat.

The poll saw Ukip on 15%, a four point gain since last month, with the Liberal Democrats up one point to 13%.