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Labour set for 'grudging' general election landslide as new poll shows Tory wipeout

NewsLabour set for 'grudging' general election landslide as new poll shows Tory wipeout

Labour is on course for a “grudging” landslide at the next general election, new polling suggests.

The survey by Find Out Now and Electoral Calculus shows Sir Keir Starmer’s party would take 461 seats – up 258 from 2019 – if the country took to the ballot box tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the Tories would lose an eye-watering 275 MPs, leaving them with just 90.

The SNP, which has been engulfed in chaos amid a police probe into its finances, would drop 10 seats to 38.

And the Lib Dems would gain 26 MPs taking them to a total of 37, according to the poll of 11,000 voters carried out from July 31 to August 4.

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Martin Baxter, CEO of Electoral Calculus, said voters are backing Labour “without overmuch enthusiasm”.

He said: “With every month that goes by, Labour are edging towards a grudging landslide victory at the next general election.

“Without overmuch enthusiasm, the public look likely to reject the Conservatives and are mostly embracing Labour.”

Chris Holbrook, CEO of Find Out Now, added: “Our poll demonstrates the scale of the swing from Conservative to Labour, showing the likelihood of a Labour landslide.

“This swing should not overshadow the apparent re-establishment of the Liberal Democrats as a credible third party after nearly a decade in the political wilderness.”

The polling found Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and 17 other Cabinet ministers including deputy PM Oliver Dowden, Tory chairman Greg Hands and Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt are at risk of losing their seats.

The findings will be difficult reading for Tory MPs spending the summer reflecting on whether Mr Sunak can turn things around.

But pollsters have repeatedly warned Labour leader Sir Keir does not have the charisma of Sir Tony Blair, who led the party to a landslide in 1997.

And the Conservatives defied the odds to hang on to Boris Johnson’s former seat in the Uxbridge and South Ruislip by-election last month.

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