General Election 2017: Herts Ad poll says Anne Main could lose St Albans

PUBLISHED: 09:54 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:54 03 May 2017

Anne Main at St Albans election night

Anne Main at St Albans election night

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A poll of 2,300 Herts Advertiser readers suggests Anne Main could come in third place in the General Election.

Labour have leapfrogged the Tories to second place with 26 per cent of the votes, behind the Liberal Democrats on 53 per cent.

It comes as Kerry Pollard was last night announced as Labour’s candidate for the General Election.

He said: “I am delighted and very proud to have been selected by the national party.

“I will do my level best to be elected as St Albans’ MP on June 8.”

The Conservatives received 14 per cent of the votes in the poll.

Were the results of the poll to translate to results at the ballot box, Anne Main would lose her seat.

It would mark a swing against the Tories of 32 per cent.

Mrs Main was last week readopted as the Conservative candidate, and 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 updated results of the poll also show the Liberal Democrats’ lead is shrinking, having decreased by 12 per cent from a week ago.

Their candidate Daisy Cooper was supported last week by Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, on his second visit to the constituency.

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

The Green Party received three per cent of the votes in the poll, after they announced Jack Easton as their candidate last week.

They came fifth in the poll, one per cent behind UKIP, who are yet to announce a candidate.

UKIP’s 2015 candidate, Chris Wright, has said he will not stand.

Former UKIP candidate for St Albans, John Stocker, called on UKIP voters to back Anne Main.

He said: “The Theresa May government has shown a firm commitment to Brexit, and I am confident they will move forward with the best deal for the UK.”

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