New poll puts Farage well ahead in Euro elections
The Brexit Party is surging ahead in the European elections polls in the West Midlands – with four times as many votes as the Tories.
A new poll by the pro-EU campaign group Best for Britain and Hope not Hate puts Nigel Farage's party on 40 per cent of the vote in the West Midlands, in front of Labour on 15 per cent, the Greens on 14 per cent and the Lib Dems on 13 per cent.
The Conservatives trail back in fifth place on just 10 per cent.
The weighted sample of 741 people is the biggest poll of its kind in the region. A national poll of more than 9,000 voters also had the Brexit Party ahead, on 34 per cent, in front of the Lib Dems on 17 per cent.
Mr Farage recently told the Star he has targeted the West Midlands in the lead up to Thursday's poll, with the region having posted some of the highest Leave votes in the country in the 2016 referendum.
Nick Lowles, CEO of Hope not Hate, said the results were "alarming", adding that the Brexit Party storming to victory would be "a big boost for the forces of division in this country".
"If these results are borne out, it will be a dark day."
Brexit Party campaigner Bill Etheridge said the poll showed the strength of feeling against the Government's handling of the UK's departure from the EU.
"It shows that people in the West Midlands are ready to stand up and be counted in the European elections," he added.
"We are expecting some huge results, and this is only the start. The clamour for the Government to fall will increase – and we are ready to head into a general election from a position of strength."