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Tory landslide in IFA election poll

The Conservatives have a commanding lead among IFAs in a Money Marketing/Cicero Consulting general election poll, getting more votes than the other two main parties combined.

The Tories are backed by 47 per cent of the 2,228 IFA respondents in the MM/Cicero Consult-ing online poll and 57 per cent say the Tories’ policies are most in their clients’ financial interests.

Cicero Consulting director Iain Anderson says the survey shows the effect of high-profile Tory campaigning on issues such as the FSA and incentives for savings.

Labour only just manage to beat the LibDems on IFA voting intentions, with 21 per cent compared with 20 per cent for the LibDems.

On the question of which party’s policies were most in their clients’ interests, Labour receives 25 per cent of votes with the LibDems on 10 per cent.

A Conservative spokesman says: “This is good news as it seems that our deregulatory agenda for financial services is hitting home with advisers.

“The polling for the other parties on voting intentions also shows that left-leaning businesspeople are switching from Labour to the Liberal Democrats.”

Millfield chief executive Paul Tebbutt says: “My preference is for Labour not to have a massive majority, so important upcoming issues such as pensions cannot be forced through without consensus. Deregulation will be very difficult to address, whoever is in charge, and should be more of a long-term aim.”

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