Rishi Sunak breaks silence after General Election exit poll shows Labour landslide

Rishi Sunak has broken his silence over the General Election exit poll showing a Labour Party landslide. Mr Sunak thanked Conservative Party candidates and voters for their 'support and hard work', following the predictions of a landslide victory for Labour.

He wrote: "To the hundreds of Conservative candidates, thousands of volunteers and millions of voters: Thank you for your hard work, thank you for your support, and thank you for your vote." Peter Mandelson, the Labour peer, said he was “gobsmacked”.

He spoke out in the wake of the exit poll results and the projected Labour win was an “extraordinary achievement for Keir Starmer and his team”. “An electoral meteor has now struck planet Earth,” he told the BBC tonight, after the exit polls were confirmed.

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He went on, adding: "In a sense, it’s not surprising given everything the country has gone through in the last 10 years." William Hague, the former Tory leader and former foreign secretary, has said it will take the Conservative party “a long time” to recover from this defeat.

Speaking on Times Radio, he said the result implied by the exit poll was “catastrophic”, but not as bad as some of the forecasts. One projection said it would get only 64 seats, he said. With 131 seats, the Tories would “just about” be able to mount an effective opposition, he said.

He said: "The answer will be to build again for the future. The Conservative party at its greatest – as it has been over 200 years, usually the governing party of the country – because it could command the centre ground of politics, people of all walks of life, people of all age groups, and it will have to be able to do that."

Mr Hague went on and said: "It will take a long time to be able to do that, but it will have to be able to do that."