LIB DEM LET DOWN
The Liberal Democrats faced a depressing start to the political year today, after a poll of polls revealed the party's support had hit rock bottom.
A weighted average of surveys from ComRes, ICM, Ipsos MORI and YouGov by the Independent put the party on just 11%, its lowest level since it was formed in 1988.
Nick Clegg became the most unpopular third party leader since David Owen led the Social Democratic party (SDP) in 1989.
Meanwhile, Labour retained a small lead over the Conservatives, on 40% compared to the Tories 38%.
If the results were repeated at a general election the Lib Dems would be reduced to 15 MPs from their current 57.
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