The Conservative Party is confident that a dramatic poll which put UKIP well ahead in Boston and Skegness will mean nothing by the time the election race comes to an end in May.
UKIP had announced a poll which put them on 46 per cent in Boston and Skegness, with the Tories trailling on 26 per cent – 23 points down on their 2010 vote.
Boston has had a Conservative MP since 1966 and party activists said the poll means nothing at this stage.
An East Midlands party spokesman said: “You have got to take this with a pinch of salt. A poll is a poll - it doesn’t mean anything eight months to the election.
“It’s about what local Conservative councillors and activists are doing on the ground for the people of Boston.
“The Conservative Party are the only mainstream party to offer a referendum on the EU. A vote for UKIP is only going to bring Ed Miliband to Downing Street and that way people aren’t going to see any change with the EU.”
The Tories are set to announce a replacement candidate for departing MP Mark Simmonds this month after an ‘open primary’.
The event will mean voters of any political persuasion can have a say on who the Conservatives pick from a shortlist which is expected to contain at least four names.
Matthew Glanville and Kelly Smith have already announced their intention to contest the primary – with another female candidate also thought to be ready to apply.
The spokesman added: “We are holding an open primary and with an energetic new candidate to replace Mark it will be an exciting time.”