The reality is that the Conservatives have virtually given up here and Labour are in a mad panic. The Lib Dems were 5500 behind Labour last time. The 2005 result was Labour on 20,000, Lib Dems on 14,500 and Conservatives on 3000. If it is neck and neck, it's between Lib Dems and Labour in Blaydon.
What we know however is that Labour are desperate for the Conservatives to do well here. And if that means Labour talking up the Conservative vote, they won't shy away from doing it.
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