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BORIS Johnson is on course for the biggest Tory landslide since Margaret Thatcher tonight – after the exit polls tipped the Tories to win a whopping 368 seats.

Seconds after the polls closed at 10pm a joint poll put the Conservatives on track for a huge majority of 86, with Labour trailing behind on 191.

 The exit poll put Boris on for a huge majority

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The exit poll put Boris on for a huge majority

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The expected results mean Britain’s political chaos could finally be over, leaving Boris with the numbers to finally push his Brexit deal through Parliament in just weeks.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn will be facing deafening calls to finally quit as Labour leader after failing to win a second general election in a row – and taking the party to its worst result in 40 years.

The party was predicted to lose 71 seats from its 2017 results.

And the exit polls put Britain on course for the biggest Tory win since 1987 – where they got a 102 seat majority under Margaret Thatcher.

Exit polls, which almost always correctly predict the outcome of general elections and are known to be accurate, put Labour on course for just 191 seats.

The SNP were set to pick up 55 seats, and the Lib Dems 13.

What we know so far:

Tory insiders claimed voting was looking good in northern England, where they had most of their target seats.
Another senior Tory source added: “Who wins will come to a lot  of very, very close race  in areas where we don’t usually win.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel told the BBC: “This has been a hard-fought general election campaign at a cold time of the year as well.
“We need to break the gridlock that has dominated Parliament for the last three years. We need a functioning working majority.”

But Shadow cabinet minister Barry Gardiner said if the projection was right, “obviously it would be a devastating result for us”, adding: “I’m deeply, deeply depressed.”

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell told the BBC: “If it is anything near this it is disappointing.”

And he gave a hint that Mr Corbyn could stand down in hours if it were true.

Mr McDonnell said: “Let’s see the results themselves, as I say, the appropriate decisions will be made and we’ll always make the decisions in the best interests of our party.”

Already Labour MPs started blaming Brexit for the result – but many in the party’s HQ

Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon tweeted: “Disappointing Exit Poll. Let’s see if accurate.

“If, as it seems, this was a Brexit election then the next one won’t be given Johnson’s Thatcherite agenda.”

But a Labour Party spokesperson dismissed the exit poll and said: “It’s only the beginning of the night, and it’s too early to call the result.”

Labour are set to lose a string of traditional strongholds to the Tories, the poll showed.
These included Workington, Wakefield, Bolton North East and even Bishop Auckland for the very first time.

Other seats include Bolton North East, Don Valley, Halifax and Bridgend.

In Dudley North, the result would see a massive 11 per cent swing to the Tories.

BORIS ON COURSE FOR LANDSLIDE

In past elections, high turnouts usually suggest Labour has succeeded in mobilising its younger and working class voters, who often do not bother to vote.

Voters braved freezing temperatures this morning to line up outside community halls, churches and schools to have their say – and risked being a touch late for work.

Polls opened at 7am and closed at 10pm – but thousands of Brits were seen getting an early vote in during rush hour.

Astonishing pictures of snaking queues – particularly in South London – allayed fears of a low turnout in the first December election in nearly 100 years.

Mr Johnson took along his dog Dilyn when he voted in Westminster rather than his West London constituency.

He is the first PM in decades not to vote for himself, despite a big tactical voting push to oust him from his Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat.

The PM smiled and waved as he stood on the steps Methodist Central Hall, near Downing Street, with the brown and white Jack Russell.

It is believed Mr Johnson shunned his own constituency because he does not have a home in the constituency, as he lives in No 10 with girlfriend Carrie Symonds.

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 The results of the historic exit poll projected outside the BBC tonight

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The results of the historic exit poll projected outside the BBC tonightCredit: AFP
 The pound rising after the predicted Tory win

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The pound rising after the predicted Tory win
 Boris, pictured at the polls earlier with his dog

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Boris, pictured at the polls earlier with his dogCredit: AP:Associated Press

 

FARAGE FAILS AGAIN

Nigel Farage said tonight his party had done a good job, despite facing picking up no seats at all.

He told the BBC’s Andrew Neil: “We’ve used our influence that’s the important thing. We are a new party, we’ve got no councillors, no base.

“If we get Brexit, given that it was in the weeds back in February, we set this thing up, we’ve put it back on track, if we get there we’ve done a good job.

“I’ve killed the Liberal Democrats and I’ve hurt the Labour Party.”

Meanwhile, Labour MPs were sharpening the knives for Mr Corbyn, who most in the party expect to stand down as early as this morning if results turn out to be as bad as the exit poll suggests.

Several Labour candidates told The Sun last night that Mr Corbyn was personally to blame for Labour’s dire performance.

And the party’s shocking anti-Semitism crisis was also cited as a reason for the poor result.

Wes Streeting, Labour MP for Ilford North, told The Sun: “This has been a very tough campaign.

“Time and time again on the doorstep Jeremy Corbyn the team, the manifesto have come up as real problems on the doorstep and I’m really anxious what the night has in store for the party and the country if Boris Johnson gets the majority he is hoping for.”

LABOUR FEAR ELECTION WIPE OUT

One Labour candidate defending a seat in the once traditional Labour heartlands said: “The doorsteps have been grim. I’m f**ked.”

They said Mr Corbyn had come up as a problem on the doorstep countless times.

On the eve of the election Labour’s Rosie Duffield, who won a shock win for the party in the previously Tory stronghold of Canterbury in 2017, criticised her party’s campaign.

She told ITV’s Peston show it had been a “disgraceful campaign on all sides to be honest”.

Most in the party expect Mr Corbyn to stand down as early as today. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said last month that both he and Mr Corbyn would quit if they failed to enter government.

But last week it emerged that there are plans to install Mr McDonnell as interim leader for up to six months in order to help a fellow hard-left candidate to win the leadership contest.

He is thought to want his protege Rebecca Long-Bailey, currently the Shadow Business Secretary, to take over.

 Ballots are tallied at a counting centre for Britain's general election in Hartlepool

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Ballots are tallied at a counting centre for Britain’s general election in HartlepoolCredit: Reuters
 The counting begins in Glasgow

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The counting begins in GlasgowCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 People have been turning out in force for the most important election in living memory

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People have been turning out in force for the most important election in living memoryCredit: Reuters

Guide to the night

11pm: First seat due to declare, with Houghton and Sunderland South battling it out with Newcastle upon Tyne Central to be the earliest. Bridget Phillipson holds a majority of 12,341 in the safe Labour seat of Houghton and Sunderland South. But any change in their majority could indicate how Corbyn’s party will fare on a national scale.

Midnight: Other North East seats Newcastle upon Tyne East, Newcastle upon Tyne North and Sunderland Central are all set to declare. These are all unlikely to go for the Tories — but if they pick up votes, it could be an indicator. Sunderland’s 61 per cent Leave vote in 2016 showed the campaign had worked even better than expected.

1am: Will Workington Man turn Tory? The Cumbrian constituency is often touted as a bell-wether for elections. But the stereotype of its typical voter being an older, Brexit-backing, working-class man who votes Tory is perceived as outdated. Labour’s Sue Hayman will be looking to increase her 3,925 majority, after winning a tight 51.1 per cent of the vote in 2017.

In Broxbourne, Anna Soubry increased her majority in 2017 as a Conservative but is now standing as an independent- where she is set to lose.

North Down is also due to declare at around this time – with DUP set to take the seat after Sylvia Hermon said she was standing down.

1.30am: Top target seat Darlington will also announce. Will the Tories breach the “red wall” of Labour voting in the North? If the Tories overturned the 3,280 majority, the night would be looking very good for them indeed.

The Tories will also be looking to take votes off Labour in the West Midlands, including Nuneaton in the West Midlands.

2am: Results will start picking up now, with three more Tory targets to declare — while Putney and Battersea will also give an indication as to how they are doing in London.

How Labour’s Marsha de Cordova fares will be one of the first indicators of how the parties are performing in the capital. Lab will be looking to increase its vote in this Remain seat.

2.30am: Former Labour strongholds in Scotland, such as Paisley and Renfrewshire North and Paisley and Renfrewshire South, will give an idea of how much Jeremy Corbyn’s party and the Conservatives have been damaged by the SNP.

3am: Results for five more key Conservative targets — along with Tony Blair’s former seat Sedgefield. The Tories will be jumping for joy if they take that. Mr Corbyn’s safe Islington North also expected to announce.

4am: More Tory targets set to declare. If they don’t take Crewe and Nantwich, they won’t be having a good night. Jacob Rees-Mogg’s North East Somerset should declare a winner. Labour have piled the pressure on to unseat him.

4.30am: Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip South is expected to declare.

5am – Result due in Labour stronghold Bolsover — with veteran Dennis Skinner under threat from the Tories.

5.30am: The Tories will hope to hold Hendon.

6am: Tory bigwig Zac Goldsmith will learn his fate as Richmond Park declares. It is a top Lib Dem target.

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She was chosen to represent Labour in a number of the TV election debates. Another fellow left-winger Laura Pidcock is also a contender.

But moderates are said to be coalescing around Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner as they see her as a palatable candidate who is seen as the best of a bad bunch on the left.

Their preferred candidates would be Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer or Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, but neither are expected to win over Labour’s hard-left membership and both are ardent Remainers.

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