The Green Party have pushed the Liberal Democrats into fifth place according to a survey for this month’s European elections, reports The Sunday Times on its front page today.
A YouGov poll for The Sunday Times finds 8% support for the Greens in the Euro elections, one point ahead of the Lib Dems. The newspaper says the new figures “reveal” the Lib Dems’ “status as a national party is in danger of collapse.”
The polling results echo those released on May 2 by The Green Party. That polling, which was conducted by YouGov and commissioned by the Greens, also had the Green Party on 8% and ahead of the Lib Dems in four of the nine English regions (the North-East, the North-West, Yorks and Humber and Eastern Region) with both parties polling on 11% in London.
A Green Party spokesman said:
“This poll alone doesn’t mean we’ll beat the Lib Dems, but it’s the latest in a series which will, no doubt, strike fear into Lib Dem Leader Nick Clegg’s heart. If, as we expect, we beat the Lib Dems into fifth then surely Clegg’s position as party leader will be called into question.”
At the Green Party campaign launch last week Green Party leader Natalie Bennett told Eastleigh News that her party supported a referendum on Europe and was a alternative to voting for Ukip.
The Sunday Times also reported that support for the Lib Dems has fallen to such a degree it is having problems finding enough candidates to stand in council elections (which also take place on May 22).