Election: New poll today drops Labour lead to one point over Nick Clegg in Sheffield Hallam

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Labour’s lead in Sheffield Hallam has gone down to one point, according to the latest poll released today just over one week until election day.

The previous poll by Lord Ashcroft put the chief rivals to Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg two points ahead of him.

Lord Ashcroft said that it seemed as though former Conservative supporters would now vote for Mr Clegg in his most recent post this afternoon, while former Lib Dem supporters would back Labour’s Oliver Coppard on May 7.

He said: “Labour’s lead in Sheffield Hallam is down to a single point, compared to two in March and three in November.

“While 30 per cent of 2010 Liberal Democrats in the seat say they intend to vote Labour next week, 31 per cent of 2010 Conservatives say they will now vote Liberal Democrat.”

The constituency voting intention included in the Ashcroft poll says that 36 per cent of people would vote Liberal Democrat and 37 per cent for Labour candidate Oliver Coppard.

Another 15 per cent backed the Conservatives, who are fielding candidate Ian Walker, seven per cent for Ukip, which has Joe Jenkins standing, and four per cent for Green, which is fielding Peter Garbutt.

Speculation over Sheffield Hallam has been mounting for months, and it is expected to be one of the most closely watched seats in the country next Thursday.

Mr Clegg is defending a 15,000-strong majority and has insisted he is ‘confident but not complacent’ of winning.

Labour are targeting the seat hard and yesterday Mr Coppard said he felt it ‘was possible’ for him to claim victory.

If he did so it would be the first time the seat has ever been held by Labour.

In recent weeks both the main contenders have had former Conservative candidated for the Hallam area endorse them.

There are another six candidates standing in the Hallam seat.