Blow for Farage as polls reveal Ukip is poised to lose ALL its key marginal battles against the Tories
- Polls by Tory peer Lord Ashcroft show Ukip trailing in four target seats
- Party is behind in Ukip stronghold of Boston and Skegness, Lincolnshire
- Ukip is also trailing in key seats in Cambridgeshire, Essex and Kent
- Ukip’s vote is likely to be squeezed between now and May, pollsters believe
By James Chapman
19 February 2015
Ukip’s hopes of a significant breakthrough at the general election have been dealt a blow by polling showing it is not on course to win any of a series of key target seats.
Detailed constituency polling commissioned by Lord Ashcroft in Ukip targets found the party behind the Conservatives in all of them.
They include Boston and Skegness, where Ukip won its biggest majority in last year’s council elections.
With pollsters suggesting the Euroseptic party’s vote is likely to be squeezed between now and May, the findings suggest it will struggle to win more than the two seats it already holds.