Poll claims Lib Dem seat under threat

NICK Clegg could lose his seat at the next election, according to a new poll.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 17th September 2007, 7:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th September 2007, 8:26 am

A survey indicated several top Lib Dems could lose their seats at a general election - including Mr Clegg - and the poll suggested the Lib Dems could be left with a Parliamentary "rump" of just 13 MPs.

Another poll indicated support for Sir Menzies Campbell's party is at 15 per cent - up one point - but that Sheffield Hallam will be a key battleground at the next election.

Mr Clegg won the seat at the 2005 general election with over 50 per cent of the vote, and a majority of 8,682. Boundary changes will see the Hallam seat gaining areas from the current Hillsborough constituency.

Mr Clegg - who The Star reported yesterday refused to reveal whether he had ever taken illegal drugs - today said the poll had to be taken with a "bucket load of salt".

He told The Star: "It's complete voodoo statistics. National opinion polls do not predict what happens at general election time.

"National opinion polls bear almost no relation at all to local circumstances. The fact is we are very strong in places like Sheffield and less strong in places like Buckinghamshire.

"Our opinion poll is being hit by the abnormal circumstances of a temporary bounce for Cameron and the temporary bounce for Brown. We were down to 9 per cent when John Major had his bounce."

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