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U.K.Elections Poll: After debate Nick Clegg is second, after Tories. Brown third.

British Elections First Debate, Nick Clegg started as underdog and ended as the big winner of the night.

Liberal Dems in election poll surge

Election opinion polls for Sunday’s newspapers have suggested the Lib Dems are up by as many as eight points, putting them just behind the Tories.

The ComRes poll for the Sunday Mirror and Independent on Sunday puts the Conservatives on 31%, the Lib Dems on 29% and Labour on 27%.

The Tories warned of the dangers of a hung parliament while Labour said Lib Dem policies would get more scrutiny.

But Nick Clegg said people believed “something exciting” was happening.

The apparent swing follows the first prime ministerial TV debate on Thursday, in which Mr Clegg was acknowledged by his rivals to have shone.READ MORE HERE.

The debate of last thursday.

Nick Clegg seized the limelight last thursday as the televised drama of Britain’s first campaign debate between the party leaders suggested that the election would go to the wire.

Gordon Brown and David Cameron sparred over a range of domestic issues without landing a killer blow. The Prime Minister used the historic ITV broadcast to show a lightness of touch while trying to project himself as a resilient leader for “extraordinary times”.

The Tory leader frequently adopted a folksy tone as he framed his crime, health and education policies with stories of people whom he had met campaigning. Standing between his opponents, however, he appeared occasionally caught in the crossfire.

Mr Clegg appeared to be the first to conquer his nerves as he capitalised on a platform never before enjoyed by a third-party leader. He painted himself as an alternative to the two main parties who had “played pass the parcel with your government for 65 years”. READ MORE HERE.