Boris Johnson would lose seat in general election 'wipeout' for Tories, poll suggests

Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with military personnel at RAF Brize Norton, north west of London, on February 26, 2022, to thank them for their ongoing work facilitating military support to Ukraine and NATO. - The UK government on Friday ordered all assets of President Vladimir Putin and his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov frozen over Russia's invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Ben Birchall / POOL / AFP) (Photo by BEN BIRCHALL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Boris Johnson faces losing his constituency seat in the next general election, a poll has suggested. (AFP via Getty Images)

Boris Johnson is currently on course to lose his seat at the next general election, a poll has suggested.

Carried out last month at the height of the Downing Street lockdown parties scandal, and published in the Sunday Times, the poll hints at the extent of the damage caused by "Partygate" to the Conservative Party.

The survey, run by James Johnson, ex-prime minister Theresa May's pollster, suggested a "wipeout" in which Johnson's Tories currently stand to win their lowest number of seats – 201 – in a general election since 2005.

Labour would win 352 seats, the poll suggested, giving leader Sir Keir Starmer a small majority of 14.

TOPSHOT - Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative leader Boris Johnson (L) waits with other candidates as the results are read out for the race to be MP for Uxbridge and Ruislip South at the count centre in Uxbridge, west London, on December 13, 2019 after votes were counted as part of the UK general election. - Prime Minister Boris Johnson's ruling party appeared on course for a sweeping victory in Thursday's snap election, an exit poll showed, paving the way for Britain to leave the EU next month after years of political deadlock. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Johnson at the Uxbridge and South Ruislip count centre at the last election. Partygate has seen support for him plummet following his 2019 landslide. (AFP via Getty Images)

Going into the 2019 election, Johnson's majority of 5,034 in his Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat was one of the lowest ever for a sitting PM, though it rose to 7,120 in the event.

The seat has previously been heavily targeted by Labour and the latest polling would encourage the party to do so again should Johnson – who has appointed election strategist David Canzini to help try and repair his reputation – still be PM when the next election is held.

As well as Johnson, half his current cabinet members would lose their seats, the poll suggested.

Those projected to lose their seats include defence secretary Ben Wallace, transport secretary Grant Shapps and COP26 president Alok Sharma.

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Meanwhile, 55 of 65 "red wall" MPs – Tory candidates who won in traditionally Labour-supporting areas, driving Johnson's stunning 2019 landslide victory – would also be voted out.

In an ominous sign for Johnson, the poll found Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, considered the leading contenders to take over his job, are more popular than him in every seat in the country.

Meanwhile, Johnson's name was cited as the biggest reason for hesitation to vote Tory among swing voters.

James Johnson, who conducted the survey of 4,500 voters, wrote on Twitter: "There is a seismic shift away from the Tories and towards Labour."

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He added: "Are we saying this level of Tory wipeout is going to be the result in 2024? No. The gap will narrow in an actual election, Labour still has huge weaknesses.

"But although the news may move on from Partygate, the Tory brand damage has all the signs of being long-lasting."

The Met Police is currently probing 12 alleged gatherings held across Whitehall and Downing Street on eight dates during coronavirus restrictions, with the PM alleged to have attended six of them.