Wednesday evening news briefing: Tory big beasts to lose seats in election bloodbath, poll predicts

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Good evening. David here to take you through today’s news.

Three-quarters of the Cabinet – and Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister – are on course to lose their seats in an election bloodbath of senior Tories, a major poll for The Telegraph reveals.

Sunak to be the first prime minister ever to lose his seat at a general election, poll indicates

Maps showing the election results from 2019 and 2024
Maps showing the election results from 2019 and 2024

The Conservatives are on track to slump to just 53 seats.

The Liberal Democrats are on course to be just behind the Tories on 50 MPs, according to the Savanta and Electoral Calculus polling analysis, leaving them in touching distance of becoming the official opposition.

Labour is forecast to have 516 seats and an estimated House of Commons majority of 382 – double that won by Sir Tony Blair in 1997 – as Sir Keir Starmer becomes prime minister.

Meanwhile Reform, despite a surge in the polls, is predicted to get zero seats.

Read the full story here.

Tory wipeout: Our analysis

The Cabinet | The Tory big beasts set to lose seats in election bloodbath

Analysis | Kemi Badenoch is the future of the Tory party... no one else survives

Search tool | Will your MP lose their seat? Use our search tool

Pollster’s view | The Tories are teetering on the brink of extinction

SNP would have mandate for independence even after an election wipeout, says Swinney

John Swinney
John Swinney

The SNP will have a mandate for another independence referendum even if it suffers an election wipeout, John Swinney has insisted as he unveiled his party’s manifesto. Read the party’s position on the the UK, the EU and defence here.

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Constance Marten and Mark Gordon jury discharged after failing to reach verdict

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Evening Briefing: Today’s essential headlines

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Protestors spraying Stonehenge with orange powder
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Sport briefing: Today’s essential headlines

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