General Election 2015: Nigel Farage is 11 points clear in South Thanet

Ukip looks set to score a vital victory in May, according to Survation data

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Nigel Farage is well on his way to becoming an MP, with a new poll placing him 11 points ahead of his nearest rivals in the Kent constituency of South Thanet.

Pollster Survation finds Farage with over 38 per cent of the vote, whilst Labour and the Conservatives have 27 and 26 points respectively.

Comedian Al Murray, whose candidacy is seen as a spoof of Farage, has only 1.4 per cent support, behind both the Lib Dems and the Greens.This marks the first time the Ukip leader has pulled ahead in the polls, with earlier election data indicating a closely fought contest between Farage, Labour and the Tories.

A Survation survey from November last year had Labour out in front with 35 per cent, whilst Ukip and the Conservatives were battling it out at around 30 per cent.

A Lord Ashcroft poll from that same month showed the Tories with a slender lead.

The surge in support for Farage is likely down to his decision to shun the national media spotlight so far this year, instead devoting the last six weeks to local campaigning efforts.

The Conservative candidate Craig Mackinlay, a councillor for Medway, had criticised Farage for his absence in the constituency.

News of Ukip's survey success could not have come at a better time for the party, with the Ukip spring conference currently being held at nearby Margate.

Farage will deliver the signature speech today, after returning from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington DC.

He will likely seize on recent ONS data that showed David Cameron failed to meet his net migration target, and may refer to YouGov statistics that show a growing support for Britain's EU membership.

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