Tories still likely to snatch seats from Labour in West Midlands
Conservatives are still on course to win a range of West Midlands seats from Labour despite growing support for the Liberal Democrats, according to a detailed new poll.
Constituencies including Edgbaston, Dudley North, Dudley South, Stourbridge and Halesowen & Rowley Regis are all likely to switch from Labour to Tory, according to a survey by YouGov and Politics Home.
Nuneaton, Tamworth and Redditch are also set to switch from red to blue.
Labour continues to be the most popular party in the region, with 39 per cent of voters saying they plan to support it.
But this is down by 11 per cent compared to the party’s result in the 2005 election, and support for Labour has fallen by three per cent in just a week.
Conservatives have the support of 33 per cent of voters, up just three per cent compared to 2005. However, the party will benefit from the dramatic fall in backing for Labour.
Liberal Democrats have the support of 19 per cent of voters in the region. This is up by eight per cent compared to the party’s result in 2005, but the Lib Dems start from a low base in the West Midlands, which has traditionally been a Labour versus Conservative battleground.
Nick Clegg’s party has also experienced a smaller surge in the support in the West Midlands than elsewhere. Backing for the Lib Dems grew by four per cent over the past week, possibly as a result of Mr Clegg’s strong showing in television debates, while it grew by 11 per cent in the north east.
However, the survey did suggest that Liberal Democrats would succeed in holding on to Solihull, a former Conservative stronghold which they took in 2005 with a tiny majority.
Across the country, the poll gives the Conservatives 35.1 per cent of the vote, with Labour on 27 per cent and the Lib Dems on 28.4 per cent.
This result would probably result in a hung Parliament. Conservatives are projected to win 289 seats, 36 short of a majority, with Labour gaining 234 seats and the Liberal Democrats gaining 94.
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