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Exit poll projects commanding majority for Tories

The Conservatives have won the general election and Boris Johnson will enjoy a commanding House of Commons majority, the broadcasters' exit poll suggests.

The poll – conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of Sky News, the BBC and ITV News – forecasts the Tories will win 368 seats, with Labour on 191 seats, the SNP on 55 seats and the Liberal Democrats on 13 seats.

To form a majority government in the Commons, a party needs to win more than 325 seats.

Image: The result of the 2019 election exit poll

The exit poll suggests Labour are set for a hugely disappointing night, with the party forecast to secure their lowest number of seats for decades.

At the last election in June 2017, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn saw his party win 262 seats.

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The exit poll numbers would give Prime Minister Boris Johnson a Commons majority of 86, vindicating his decision to push for a winter election.

It also puts the UK on course to leave the EU on 31 January, after Mr Johnson fought the election campaign on his promise to "get Brexit done".

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In terms of seats, the exit poll suggests the Conservatives are on course for their best result since the 1987 election.

By contrast, Labour are set for their lowest number of seats since 1935.

Labour's shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner described the exit poll as a "devastating blow".

"It certainly doesn't look good," he told Sky News.

Gardiner
Gardiner: Exit poll 'devastating blow'

"In one sense, we always knew this election was going to be focused on Brexit and that is the strategy the Conservatives played.

"It's a deeply depressing prediction."

Conservative Party chairman James Cleverly said: "I've always felt polls should be taken with a degree of caution.

"Maths is maths and if – a big if – the numbers play out as per that exit poll that is numerically a big majority.

"We want to see if it plays out."

In Scotland, the SNP are set to return to near complete dominance, with the exit poll suggesting they will win 55 out of the country's 59 constituencies and getting close to the 56 seats they won in 2015.

SNP leader and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon posted on Twitter: "Exit poll suggests good night for @theSNP – but it is just an exit poll and there are many marginals, so let's just wait and see.

"What it indicates UK wide though is grim."

Under the exit poll numbers, the Lib Dems are on course to add one seat to the 12 they won at the last election in 2017.

The Brexit Party appear to have failed to make a breakthrough at Westminster, with the exit poll suggesting they won't win a seat.

Plaid Cymru are forecast to have won three Read More – Source

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