General Election 2017: Herts Ad poll predicts Lib Dem landslide in St Albans

PUBLISHED: 14:49 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:49 02 May 2017

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron visits St Albans to show his support for local candidate Daisy Cooper.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron visits St Albans to show his support for local candidate Daisy Cooper.

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A Herts Advertiser poll is predicting the Liberal Democrats will win in St Albans at the June election.

The online survey of 1,000 people to date suggests 61 per cent of Herts Advertiser readers would back the party in the General Election.

The Conservative Party came second, with 17 per cent of participants saying they would back them.

Labour came a close third, with 13 per cent saying they would vote for the last election’s second-place runners.

UKIP came fourth with five per cent. The Green Party came last with four per cent.

Were the results of the poll to translate to results at the ballot box, it would mark a dramatic reversal of the Lib Dems’ fortunes.

The party came third in St Albans at the 2015 election, behind Labour and the Conservatives, with 18.5 per cent of the vote.

The result is a swing for the Liberal Democrats of 42.5 per cent.

It is a swing away from the Conservatives of 29 per cent, from the 46 per cent vote share Anne Main achieved in 2015.

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron made his second visit to the constituency last week, to support St Albans candidate Daisy Cooper.

On his party’s chances in the seat, he said: “There is great support for us here.”

Meanwhile, Anne Main was reselected as the Conservative candidate in St Albans on Thursday, April 27.

She said: “I am delighted to be readopted as the Conservative candidate for St Albans.

“It’s been a privilege to serve the people of St Albans for 12 years.

“In that time I’ve helped tens of thousands of constituents and spend every day working on their behalf.”

The St Albans Green Party has announced Jack Easton will be their candidate.

Mr Easton previously contested the seat for them at the 2010 and 2015 election.

Of the parties which ran in the last election, the Labour Party and UKIP are yet to announce a candidate to contest the seat on June 8.

The poll is ongoing and can be found on any General Election stories on our website.


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