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UKIP's Nigel Farage leads the third most popular political party in Britain, according to two new opinion polls this weekend.
UKIP's Nigel Farage leads the third most popular political party in Britain, according to two new opinion polls this weekend.
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UKIP rises in polls to become UK's third largest party

Polls for a number of British papers show Nigel Farage’s party enjoying 14 per cent of the vote, an all-time high.
Dec 16th 2012, 3:57 PM 7,355 82

NEW OPINION POLLS published in Britain today show the UK Independence Party as having its highest ever share of the vote, as the two government parties see significant drops in their support.

Polls in the Independent on Sunday, Sunday Mirror and Observer all indicate that the party would win 14 per cent of the vote if a general election was to be held tomorrow – enough to translate into dozens of seats in the House of Commons.

Each of the polls show UKIP as having overtaken the Liberal Democrats, who have continually performed poorly in opinion polls since joining in a ruling coalition with the Conservatives.

The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror poll, conducted by ComRes, shows Labour remaining the most popular party at 39 per cent – probably enough to win an overall majority in an immediate general election – though this is down by 4 points.

David Cameron’s Conservatives are down three points to 28 per cent, while Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats are into single digits on 9 per cent.

The polls illustrate that the arm’s length stance pursued by Cameron on European matters, such as his veto on a financial transactions tax and his decision to reject British entry into the Fiscal Compact – have not been enough to appears a growing cohort of Eurosceptic voters.

UKIP is the most Eurospectic of the main political parties in Britain, and has continually called for a referendum on whether the UK should pull out of the 27-member union.

Speaking on Sky News this morning, UKIP leader Nigel Farage said the issues over which the party had campaigned for several years “have become absolutely at the centre ground of what people out there are talking about”.

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