• Ukip’s vote has plunged since the referendum and is as low as 5% in some polls
  • The Eurosceptic party scored almost 13% at the 2015 general election 
  • In many seats if those votes transfer to the Tories it will beat the Labour majority 
  • It was claimed today Ukip could field as few as 100 candidates on June 8  

Tim Sculthorpe, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline

Collapsing support for Ukip is shifting straight to the Tories and will hand Theresa May even more seats on June 8, Labour MPs fear.

In the 2015 election the party secured almost 13 per cent of the national vote but poll suggest this has slumped by at least half.

In a string of constituencies, a strong Ukip vote saw the party finish a strong second or third behind winning Labour candidates.

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall had hoped to use the results as a platform to win dozens of seats but the aftermath of the Brexit referendum and the snap election suggest their voters are flocking to the Tories.

Collapsing support for Paul Nuttall's Ukip is shifting straight to the Tories and will hand Theresa May even more seats on June 8, Labour MPs fear (Mr Nuttall is pictured on Monday)

Collapsing support for Paul Nuttall's Ukip is shifting straight to the Tories and will hand Theresa May even more seats on June 8, Labour MPs fear (Mr Nuttall is pictured on Monday)

Collapsing support for Paul Nuttall’s Ukip is shifting straight to the Tories and will hand Theresa May even more seats on June 8, Labour MPs fear (Mr Nuttall is pictured on Monday)

Polls carried during the general election campaign have seen Ukip mostly marooned in single figures, far below the 13 per cent share of the vote secured in 2015

Polls carried during the general election campaign have seen Ukip mostly marooned in single figures, far below the 13 per cent share of the vote secured in 2015

Polls carried during the general election campaign have seen Ukip mostly marooned in single figures, far below the 13 per cent share of the vote secured in 2015

The shift could hand seats such as Chester and Halifax to the Tories on June 9, analysis by the Daily Mirror revealed today.

The impact could be even greater if reports Ukip will only field around 100 candidates for the 650 Commons seats prove to be true.

Ukip is already short of high profile candidates after Nigel Farage and Arron Banks both ruled out standing. Leader Paul Nuttall insists he has not decided whether to run.

Labour’s most marginal seat is Chester, won by Christian Matheson by just 93 over the Tories. There were 4,148 Ukip voters last time.

In Halifax, Holly Lynch beat the Tories by 428 votes – but 5,621 people backed Ukip.

Similarly in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Paul Farrell is defending a majority of 650 in a constituency with 7,252 Ukip voters. 

In all three constituencies the switching of just 10 per cent of Ukip voters to the Tories would over come the majorities – even if the Labour vote holds up, which the national polls suggest is unlikely.

Ukip leader Mr Nuttall (pictured at a disastrous press conference on Monday) has not decided if he will run himself on June 8 

Ukip leader Mr Nuttall (pictured at a disastrous press conference on Monday) has not decided if he will run himself on June 8 

Ukip leader Mr Nuttall (pictured at a disastrous press conference on Monday) has not decided if he will run himself on June 8 

It was reported today Ukip could field as few as 100 candidates at the election, potentially sacrificing dozens of strong results from two years ago

It was reported today Ukip could field as few as 100 candidates at the election, potentially sacrificing dozens of strong results from two years ago

It was reported today Ukip could field as few as 100 candidates at the election, potentially sacrificing dozens of strong results from two years ago

No Ukip candidate at all, which The Sun said today could be the case in hundreds of constituencies, will mean thousands of votes are up for grabs.  

A vulnerable Labour MP told the Mirror: ‘We are seeing signs of this happening. 

‘There is without doubt a shift from UKIP to the Tories and the only question is quite how big. It is too early to judge that yet.’ 

A Conservative MP told the paper even apparently safe Labour majorities could be vulnerable, highlighting Rachel Reeves’ 10,727 majority in Leeds West.

They said: ‘There are 7,000 UKIP votes in Leeds West. 

‘If we pick up most of them, then it only takes a couple of thousand Labour voters to sit on their hands and we are there. It’s hard to believe what is happening.’

The latest poll, by YouGov for The Times, puts the Tories on 45 per cent, 16 points ahead of Labour on 29 per cent.

Ukip are on just 7 per cent – barely half their support last time. 

The worst poll of the campaign so far for Ukip came yesterday, with the party reported by Ispsos Mori to be as low as 4 per cent 

The worst poll of the campaign so far for Ukip came yesterday, with the party reported by Ispsos Mori to be as low as 4 per cent 

The worst poll of the campaign so far for Ukip came yesterday, with the party reported by Ispsos Mori to be as low as 4 per cent 

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