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SNP majority ‘too close to call’ as No10 refuses to say if PM asked donor to pay nanny

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A bombshell new poll showed the Tories on course to snatch Hartlepool from Labour in Thursday's crucial by-election contest, in what would be a historic win for the ruling party.

Survation's poll for Good Morning Britain put the Conservatives way out in front with a 17-point lead in the seat, which has been held by Labour since its creation in 1974.

North of the border, the Scottish National Party looked set to record a slim majority, according to a separate Opinium poll. It put the party on 51 per cent, down two per cent on a survey conducted in April, but still with enough support to form a majority government.

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Elsewhere, Alba leader Alex Salmond claimed he could have “destroyed” SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon during their spectacular fall-out. “If I wanted to destroy her, that could have been done.”

Meanwhile, the EU has stolen a march on Britain over a trade deal with India. The EU-India pact could be forged as early as this weekend, while the UK government announced only an enhanced partnership with India.

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