Its alleged by the opinion polls that Labour is on course for a comfortable win in next week’s Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election in what would be a serious blow for the Liberal Democrats, opinion polls indicated today.
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Nick Clegg’s party trails by 17 points in two separate surveys of voters in the key marginal.
The huge deficit contrasts starkly with the general election when its candidate lost by just 103 votes and then won a legal bid to have Labour victor Phil Woolas stripped of the seat for lying about him.
Not enough Tory backers have been willing to switch to the junior power-sharing partner to make up for the haemorrhaging of support away from Lib Dem Elwyn Watkins to Labour’s Debbie Abrahams.
A poll of 1,500 voters in the constituency conducted for the ex-Tory deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft put Labour on 46 per cent, the Lib Dems on 29 per cent and the Conservatives on 15 per cent.
Its findings were mirrored by an ICM poll which gave Labour a 44 per cent to 27 per cent lead over the Lib Dems – with the Tories’ Kashif Ali doing slightly better at 18 per cent.