Poll: Boost for LibDems as Tories and Labour stay neck and neck

Nick Clegg enjoys a celebratory cupcake on the campaign trail Credit: PA Wire

The Liberal Democrats have been given a boost to their election prospects after a poll put them level with Ukip for the first time since September 2013.

The party's popularity rose to 12% in the latest ComRes telephone poll for ITV News and the Daily Mail - up three points since the last ComRes survey at the start of the election campaign - to draw level with UKIP, who are unchanged.

In the battle between the two main parties, the Conservatives dropped two points to 34% with Labour on 33% but Whilst the Tories' lead has dropped, Labour have still not registered a lead in any ComRes telephone poll this year.

  • Con 34% (-2)

  • Lab 33% (+1)

  • Lib Dem 12% (+3)

  • UKIP 12% (NC)

  • Green 4% (-1)

  • Others 6% (-1)

ITV News election analyst Colin Rallings forecast the Conservatives would still be the largest party in Parliament after adjusting the poll results for England and Wales and combining them with a recent Scottish poll of polls for the Scotland figures.

  • Con 287

  • Lab 271

  • LD 21

  • SNP 46

  • PC 3

  • Green 1

  • UKIP 2

  • speaker 1

  • Northern Ireland 18.

With the increasing attention given to the possible role of the SNP in any future government, half of all voters said the nationalist party should be allowed to try and form a government with whichever they prefer (50%) whilst a third (32%) believed they should try and form a government with the party with the most MPs.