The latest opinion poll from Lord Ashcroft has the Conservatives ahead in the race for North Devon’s parliamentary seat.

The latest poll has the Conservatives seven points ahead of the Liberal Democrats on 38 per cent.

UKIP are third in the seat on 16 per cent, with Labour (eight per cent) and the Green Party (six) battling for fourth place.

It is a big swing in favour of the Conservatives, who held a one point lead when Lord Ashcroft’s last North Devon poll was published in November.