The Conservatives enjoy the support of 27% of young urban professionals, compared with 17% and 16% for the LibDems and Labour respectively.

The Metro newspaper’s poll of 5000 city-living professionals aged 18 to 44 years, found a majority of them believe that "the country had gone downhil|" in the last five years.

Not surprisingly they said the most important policy issue was tackling crime, and that they want more prisons. Tackling environmental problems was also a priority for them.

If the Party can trump Labour on the "nitty-gritty" issues, as well as fashionable ones like the environment, the growing class of urban yuppies could provide a foothold into Labour’s citadels.

Deputy Editor

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