Support for the Conservative Party has surged thanks to a fall in the popularity of UKIP and they are now neck and neck with Labour, according to a poll in the Guardian.

It is the first time in 18 months that the ICM monthly poll has shown support for the two main parties to be level.

Labour held a lead of seven points last month, but they now both poll at 36 percent with the Liberal Democrats on 13 percent.

The Tories are benefiting from a collapse in support for UKIP, who are polling at 7 percent, down from 18 percent in May.

It is the best result for the Conservatives in the ICM poll since the party led by three points in March 2012.