General Election exit poll says Sir Keir Starmer set to become UK's next PM in Labour landslide

Leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria arrive at a polling station
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Sir Keir Starmer is set to become the UK's next prime minister as voters chose a "brighter future" with Labour.

The party is forecast to win a landslide 170-seat majority, with the Tories reduced to their lowest number of MPs on record. It means Rishi Sunak's term as Prime Minister looks set to end in electoral disaster, with Nigel Farage's Reform UK establishing a foothold in Parliament and the Liberal Democrats forecast to make gains.

In the first result of the night, shadow education secretary Bridget Phillipson held Houghton and Sunderland South, but Reform pushed the Conservatives into third place. Ms Phillipson, who will now expect to be in Sir Keir's first Cabinet, said: "Tonight the British people have spoken and if the exit poll this evening is again a guide to results across our country - as it so often is - then after 14 years the British people have chosen change.

"They have chosen Labour and they have chosen the leadership of Keir Starmer. Today our country with its proud history has chosen a brighter future." The exit poll suggests Labour is on course for 410 seats, with the Tories reduced to 131.

The Liberal Democrats are forecast to win 61 seats, Reform UK on 13 and the Green Party two. The first results are expected on Teesside at around 2.00am.

Angela Rayner said the results were “encouraging” but a number of seats were on a “knife edge.” It was put to her that the results were “a bit more than encouraging,” to which the Labour deputy leader replied: “If you look at where we were in 2019, just to get a majority of one we’d have had to have a swing greater than Tony Blair in 1997.

“So we know a number of seats were on a knife edge from our own data, but I also know that all of our activists and our candidates have been going out there not taking anything for granted and speaking to the electorate about what matters to them.”

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