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Only half would lend party leader a tenner: New survey

By Andrew Woodcock

Fewer than half of voters trust any of the main political party leaders enough to lend them a tenner, according to a survey.

Asked if they would expect to get back a £10 note lent to a party leader, just 49% said Prime Minister David Cameron would return it, against 48% for Labour leader Ed Miliband and 44% for Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

The figure was 40% for Ukip's Nigel Farage and 35% for Scottish National Party chief Nicola Sturgeon.

With the General Election just months away, none of the political parties has established a lead on trust, and voter trust in every party has fallen over the past year, according to the annual Trust Barometer survey conducted by public relations firm Edelman.

When voters were asked which party they would trust "to do what is right", Conservatives, Labour and Greens were neck-and-neck on 36%, with Tories down one point, Labour down five and Greens down two since a similar survey last year.

The parties were ahead of Ukip on 27% (down two from last year), Liberal Democrats on 25% (down six), the SNP on 20% (down three) and Plaid Cymru on 15% (down seven).

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