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Clegg NICK Clegg was dismissed as a flash-in-the-pan today as his election bandwagon began running out of steam - according to an exclusive News of the World poll.

The Ipsos MORI poll puts Mr Clegg's party back where he was before the first leader's showdown - trailing in third place again.

Tory leader David Cameron is back on top with 36 per cent, six points ahead of Labour on 30 and thirteen ahead of the Lib Dems on just 23.

Support for the Lib Dem leader collapsed after his policies on Europe, crime and immigration were laid bare in the second prime-time TV debate.

The Ipsos MORI survey in tomorrow's News of the World suggests that Britain is still well on course for its first hung Parliament since the 1970s.

If the findings are turned into votes at the general election, Labour would be the biggest party with 280 MPs - four more than the Tories.

But despite taking the campaign by storm in the first televised leaders showdown, Nick Clegg would see his seats increase by just ONE to 63.

*Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative sample of 1,245 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain. Interviews were conducted by telephone on 23rd April 2010. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.



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