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Labour obliterate Tories with historic election win — exit poll – POLITICO

Labour obliterate Tories with historic election win — exit poll – POLITICO

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Starmer’s stunning win bucks the trend of center-left decline around the world, making Britain an unlikely bastion of social democracy just as Western allies edge toward the hard right.

Nevertheless, Nigel Farage’s insurgent Reform UK is forecast to win 13 seats in the House of Commons — far higher than expected, and a breakthrough moment for Britain’s populist right. On such a result Farage will be confident of winning his own seat in Clacton, Essex — so finally becoming an MP at the eighth attempt.

The poll also forecast a dramatic revival for the centrist Lib Dems, who would be restored as Britain’s third-largest party with 61 seats after almost a decade of obscurity.

But there was bleak news for the once-mighty Scottish National Party, which won 48 of Scotland’s 57 seats in 2019. The exit poll has the SNP slumping to just 10, a disaster for a party which has dominated Scottish politics since 2015 — but has faced a series of scandals and declining popularity of late.

Speaking on ITV, the former Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she feared a poor night for her party. “There will be a lot of questions that need to be asked,” she said.

In private Labour Party officials struggled to contain their glee, having witnessed their party suffer four miserable election defeats at the hands of the Tories since 2010.

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