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    Poll shows Tories winning student vote


    by ODN


    The Conservatives are winning the student vote on the UK's university campuses, a poll is suggesting.

    Three in ten (30 per cent) are planning to vote Tory in the upcoming election, compared with just over one in five (21 per cent) who are backing Labour.

    The Liberal Democrats are just behind, with 19 per cent of students planning to give them their vote.

    The poll, by High Fliers Research, questioned almost 14,000 final year university students - the majority of whom have grown up under a Labour government and are voting for the first time.

    The findings show the Tories are the front runners at 20 of the 30 universities surveyed, with support greatest at Durham University (46 per cent of those surveyed there said they would be voting Conservative).

    Labour is the top choice for students at seven institutions, with support greatest at the London School of Economics (32 per cent). The Liberal Democrats are most popular at two universities - Leeds (26 per cent) and Warwick (24 per cent).

    Sinn Fein is the most popular at Queen's University Belfast (22 per cent).