Election news latest: Labour set for biggest majority in almost 200 years, polls show

The polls came after prime minister Rishi Sunak insisted the general election result was 'not a foregone conclusion'

Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader, Rishi Sunak, delivers a speech at a Conservative Party campaign event at the National Army Museum in London., Tuesday, July 2, 2024. (AP Photo/Thomas Krych)
Rishi Sunak at the National Army Museum in London on Tuesday. (AP)

Labour has been slated to win its largest majority since 1832, with a YouGov poll forecasting Keir Starmer's party will win 431 seats, which almost matches a similar figure produced by More in Common (430 seats).

In the company’s final MRP poll before voting begins on Thursday, YouGov forecast the Tories would secure 102 seats, with prime minister Rishi Sunak facing “wipeouts in North East, North West and Wales”.

The Liberal Democrats are forecast to win 72, with Reform UK on three and the Green Party on two. The SNP are forecast to win 18 seats. According to YouGov polling, 89 seats remain “tossups”.

The polls came as Sunak denied the general election is 'all but over', after a minister conceded that Labour are set for a 'huge majority'.

The prime minister tried to play down Mel Stride’s comments that polling shows the Tories will not win the election and the priority should be ensuring that Labour do not get a “supermajority”.

Speaking to This Morning in response to Stride's comments, Sunak said: "He wasn’t quite saying that... what Mel was doing was warning of what a very large Labour majority, unchecked, would mean for people."

Yahoo News has ended live coverage for the day. For all the news from the final day of campaigning, read below:

  • Labour set for historic victory, says YouGov poll

    A major poll projection has put Labour on course for a historic win.

    According to YouGov, Labour is on course for 431 seats, which would give it a majority of 212 seats - the largest of any party since 1832.

    The Conservative Party is still projected to finish second on 102 seats - 263 down from 2019.

    The Lib Dems are projected to finish a strong third, with 72 MPs.

  • Farage predicts 'break up' of politics in next five years

    Reform UK leader Nigel Farage has said “British politics will break up in the next five years”.

    He told the PA news agency: “I mean there was effectively a coalition on the centre-right at the last general Election because I stood down and all those votes on the back of Brexit etcetera went to Boris. And you know, go back eight years, there was a vote for Brexit against the establishment telling us not to, so no, this idea you can win from the centre, well, Starmer’s pitching for the centre, Rishi’s pitching for the centre and I think British politics will break up in the next five years.

    “I think there’ll be a different electoral system and you won’t even recognise it a few years down the road.”

  • Rishi Sunak makes pretend pizzas on campaign trail

    Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visits Braishfield primary school as part of a Conservative general election campaign event in Hampshire, England, Wednesday July 3, 2024. (Claudia Greco/Pool Photo via AP)
    Rishi Sunak makes pretend pizzas at Braishfield primary school. (AP)

    Rishi Sunak made putty pizzas with reception class children during a visit to Braishfield Primary School in Romsey, Hampshire.

    The prime minister rolled balls of the clay dough to add to the slice he and a young girl had made, which he described as pepperoni.

    “That’s my favourite pizza,” Sunak said.

    The pupil said the sale price of the pizza was £5 when asked, with the prime minister replying: “£5? This is a gourmet pizza.”

    Across the table, Caroline Nokes, the Conservative candidate for Romsey and Southampton North, was helping another girl make a pizza.

    The pupil rolled a noodle to place on top of her putty pizza and proclaimed that it was a worm-topped pizza.

    Outside the school, a group of Liberal Democrat activists gathered with orange diamond shaped placards for the Prime Minister’s arrival.

  • Political editor sums up the surprising events of the election so far

    ITV's Robert Peston has summed up his election campaign, ahead of reporting restrictions for Thursday's election.

  • Boris Johnson's dad says he will not be voting Conservative at this general election

    Stanley Johnson at a stop trophy hunting and ivory trade protest rally, London, UK. Father of Boris Johnson
    Stanley Johnson is not casting a vote for the Conservatives. (Alamy)

    Boris Johnson’s father said he will not be voting for the Conservatives at tomorrow’s general election.

    Shortly before his son, the former Tory PM, joined an election rally and tried to drum up some support for the Conservative campaign last night, Stanley Johnson revealed he would be voting for the Liberal Democrats instead.

    According to a video released by the Lib Dem candidate for Queen’s Park and Maida Vale, Johnson praised her and said: “For reasons which make it absolutely clear, I will be voting for you, Helen Baxter, in this election.”

  • Johnny Mercer's wife appears to call police on veterans protesting

    The wife of Johnny Mercer appeared to make a phone call to police, complaining about a protest by angry veterans who accused her husband of ignoring them.

  • Rishi Sunak finally reveals his favourite sandwich filling

    After revealing that his favourite meal is a sandwich, the prime inister has gone a step further in confirming his favourite type is a “club sandwich”.

    Rishi Sunak told reporters: “I basically like any combination of different sandwich stuff … but yes I love sandwiches.”

    He added that he was partial to a “ham, cheese, tomato” before adding that one of his favourites is a “club sandwich” with “grilled chicken, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise”.

  • The Sun endorses Labour

    The Sun newspaper has endorsed Keir Starmer's Labour Party as the country prepares to go to the polls.

    In an op-ed, the paper said: "By dragging his party back to the centre ground of British politics for the first time since Tony Blair was in No10, Sir Keir has won the right to take charge."

  • Which seats have the major party leaders visited during the campaign?

    Since day one of the election campaign, Rishi Sunak, Sir Keir Starmer and Sir Ed Davey have focused almost exclusively on visiting constituencies that are being defended by the Conservatives.

    This is perhaps not a surprise, given the Tories won a near-landslide of seats at the last election in 2019, many of which Labour and the Lib Dems are hoping to gain on July 4.

    Read the full story from PA.

  • What do voters really think?

    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: An art installation featuring a giant ballot box from the Just Vote campaign, reminding festival-goers to vote on July 4th, is displayed during day one of Glastonbury Festival 2024 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2024 in Glastonbury, England. Founded by Michael Eavis in 1970, Glastonbury Festival features around 3,000 performances across over 80 stages. Renowned for its vibrant atmosphere and iconic Pyramid Stage, the festival offers a diverse lineup of music and arts, embodying a spirit of community, creativity, and environmental consciousness. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
    An art installation featuring a giant ballot box from the Just Vote campaign, reminding festival-goers to vote on 4 July, is displayed at Glastonbury Festival 2024. (Getty Images)

    Which issues are voters most worried about, do they trust politicians, and who will they be supporting at the ballot box tomorrow? Read Yahoo News' Your Voice series to hear directly from voters on the issues that matter to them most.

  • What time will we get results: Your hour-by-hour guide

    A polling station sign points to where local residents can cast their votes ahead of the general election, in London, Wednesday, July 3, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
    The country is set to go to the polls on Thursday. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    The UK will head to the polls tomorrow to vote on the country’s next leader, with polling stations open between 7am and 10pm.

    Following the exit poll at 10pm, Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer will await results from the nation’s 650 constituencies to find out who will become the next prime minister.

    Read the full story from The Telegraph.

  • It's not over for us, says Tory minister

    A minister has rejected the suggestion that the election is “over” for the Conservatives after a Cabinet member all but conceded defeat on Wednesday.

    However, Minister of State for Science, Research and InnovationAndrew Griffith echoed Mel Stride’s warning that if the polls are correct, Labour will win a majority “unprecedented in modern history”.

    Asked whether he agreed with Suella Braverman that it was over for the Tories, the science minister said: “No, not at all.”

    He added: “Nobody should be taking the British people for granted.

    “I think what Mel was talking about was the very real jeopardy of a Labour government.”

  • 'No criminal offences' committed by Reform activists

    No criminal offences were committed by Reform UK activists campaigning for Nigel Farage who were filmed by an undercover journalist for Channel 4, Essex Police said.

    The force said in a statement: “Having assessed the comments made during a Channel 4 news programme, and all other information available to us, we have concluded that no criminal offences have taken place.”

    The footage showed canvasser Andrew Parker using a racial slur about Rishi Sunak and suggesting migrants arriving in the UK on small boats should be used as “target practice”.

    Another activist described the Pride flag as “degenerate” and suggested members of the LGBT community are paedophiles.

    Mr Farage claimed he was the victim of a stitch-up because Mr Parker is an actor, although he insisted he was there as a Reform activist and Channel 4 said he was “not known” to the broadcaster before being “filmed covertly via the undercover operation”.

  • What Labour winning the election would mean for workers

    Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer at West Regwm Farm in Whitland, Carmarthenshire, after he addressed supporters on the final day campaigning for tomorrow’s General Election. Picture date: Wednesday July 3, 2024.
    Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer at West Regwm Farm in Whitland, Carmarthenshire on the final day campaigning. (Alamy)

    The general election on 4 July could mean a raft of changes to workers’ rights and employment law if the Labour party comes to power.

    Although the detail of how and when Labour plan to execute the “biggest upgrade to rights at work for a generation” remains to be seen, the party’s manifesto, employment rights green paper and Plan to Make Work Pay give an insight into the key priorities, including more rights from day one of employment.

    Read the full story from Yahoo Finance.

  • Opinion: The Tory attack on Starmer’s ‘family night’ Fridays is a warning to mothers everywhere

    He could have kept quiet. As a father-of-two, Rishi Sunak will be very familiar with trying in vain to step away from his desk to spend a few hours with his family, writes Anna Whitehouse for The Independent.

    But the prime minister’s reaction to Keir Starmer’s hopes of finishing work at 6pm to have dinner with his family speaks volumes about his character. Even more disappointing to hear these words used by one dad to attack another.

    Read the full story from The Independent.

  • Which issues are voters concerned about?

    Voters take a seat and tell Sky News the issues that they are concerned about as the country heads to the polls.

  • Plaid Cymru says Conservatives' attack on Starmer is 'desperate'

    London, UK. 16 Jun 2024. Pictured: Rhun ap Iorwerth -Leader of Plaid Cymru departs BBC Broadcasting House after appearing as a guest on 'Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg'. Credit: Justin Ng/Alamy Live News
    Rhun ap Iorwerth has called the Conservatibes' attack on Starmer 'desperate'. (Alamy Live News)

    The leader of Plaid Cymru has said the Conservatives are “desperate” for attacking Sir Keir Starmer for wanting to spend Friday evenings with his children.

    Starmer said earlier this week that Friday night dinner is important to his family and that he tries to “not do a work-related thing after 6pm” on Fridays.

    This led to senior Conservatives criticising the Labour leader, accusing him of being a “part-time prime minister”.

    Speaking to the PA news agency on Wednesday, Rhun ap Iorwerth, the leader of Plaid, said: “I think that the Conservatives are pretty desperate if they’re coming down to that kind of level of personal attack.

    “People attack me personally all the time and I tend to try to ignore it.

    “What we need to focus on is what’s really at stake in this election.

    “Conservatives are going – high time – Labour will form the next government, but we can hold them to account.”

  • Institute for Government reveals what happens in first 72 hours for a new PM

    While the polls have yet to open, the likelihood is that Sir Keir Starmer will be the new prime minister on Friday, if polls are accurate. The Institute for Government has now revealed on X what the demands are in the first 72 hours for a new prime minister.

  • Sunak plays down minister’s comments that Labour have already won

    Rishi Sunak has attempted to play down comments made by a minister this morning that suggested the Tories had already lost the election.

    Work and pensions secretary Mel Stride said it is “highly unlikely” that polls suggesting a victory for Labour are wrong, and that the party is heading for a landslide victory.

    But the prime minister told This Morning that Stride “wasn’t quite saying that” – and that the priority should be ensuring that Labour do not get a “supermajority”.

    Sunak said: “Actually, you know, what Mel was doing was warning of what a very large Labour majority, unchecked, would mean for people.”

    The prime minister repeated his own claim that analysis showed that 130,000 people “can make the difference in this election”.

    The analysis suggests that people who are still undecided on who to vote for or wavering on their choice could boost Tory seats by voting for them on Thursday.

    Sunak added: “So, everyone watching who thinks, ‘oh, this is all a foregone conclusion’, it’s not.”

  • Sunak reveals election night dinner tradition

    Rishi Sunak on This Morning 3rd July, 2024  (ITV)
    Rishi Sunak revealed his traditional election night meal on This Morning. (ITV)

    The prime minister was quizzed about his plans for the future of the country during an appearance on This Morning – as well as his favourite dinner.

    After saying that his meal of choice was sandwiches – and that he is a “big sandwich person” – Rishi Sunak then detailed a traditional meal that he has at every election he contests.

    He said: “Actually, I always have on election night – we have a bit of a tradition, my local butcher, one of my local butchers called Kitson’s in Northallerton High Street, always do a special election pie.”

    Sunak described the pie as a “very good pork pie with a special chutney and some cheese as well, on top”, and added he has had the pie at all the elections he has stood at in the Richmond, Yorkshire, constituency.

    “I have to check in with them,” he added.

  • Brits urged to remember photo ID to vote on Thursday

    People will cast their ballots in the general election on 4 July, but they need the correct voter ID. (PA)
    People will cast their ballots in the general election on 4 July, but they need the correct voter ID. (PA)

    Thursday marks the first general election that voters must bring photo IDs to be entitled to vote in person.

    The Electoral Commission has warned that Britons should check that they have the correct photo identification when heading to the polls on 4 July.

    Not all types of photo ID will be accepted at polling stations, but a passport, driving licence or blue badge are valid.

    Anyone without a valid form of photo ID will not receive a ballot paper.

    Find out the full list of accepted photo ID from Yahoo News UK.

  • Being PM ‘means not being as good a dad and husband as I’d like’ – Sunak

    Rishi Sunak on This Morning 3rd July, 2024  (ITV)
    Rishi Sunak has appeared on This Morning on the final day of campaigning. (ITV)

    Rishi Sunak has said that being prime minister means his responsibilities as a father and husband take a back seat.

    Appearing on ITV’s This Morning on the final day of campaigning, Sunak was asked about his criticism of Sir Keir Starmer for appearing to suggest he’d clock off at 6pm on Friday nights even if he becomes prime minister.

    Sunak said “there is always work to do, there’s always decisions that need to be made” and that the job “demands” it because “it’s a great responsibility to be prime minister” and that “public service entails sacrifice”.

    He explained: “I love my girls and one of the things I’ve spoken about a lot is doing this job means I’m not as good a dad, I’m not as good a husband as I’d love to be.

    “And that comes with the territory of being in public service and having the responsibility of being PM – to do a great job… I will work day and night as I have done to make a difference to people’s lives.”

  • Count Binface, Elmo and AI Steve: the UK election's unusual candidates

    Satirical political character 'Count Binface' poses during an interview with Reuters, ahead of challenging UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for the parliamentary seat of Richmond and Northallerton, in the upcoming general election on July 4, outside of the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, July 2, 2024. REUTERS/Toby Melville
    Count Binface is challenging prime minister Rishi Sunak in the general election. (Reuters)

    When either Rishi Sunak or Keir Starmer take to the stage to hail victory in the British election on Friday, they will be joined at their moment of triumph by either a man with a trash can on his head or someone dressed as "Elmo" from the Muppets.

    Among the more than 4,500 candidates standing for election to parliament's 650 seats are those from fringe parties, single issue campaigners, and, in a peculiarly British tradition, those who are simply making fun of the whole thing.

    The best known figure in the latter category is Count Binface, "an intergalactic space warrior, leader of the Recyclons from planet sigma IX", who will be challenging prime minister Sunak in his constituency in northern England.

    Read the full story from Reuters.

  • Labour landslide warning is ‘voter suppression’ – Starmer

    The Conservatives have warned voters about a potential Labour landslide. (Conservatives/X)
    The Conservatives have warned voters about a potential Labour landslide. (Conservatives/X)

    Tory warnings of a Labour landslide amount to “voter suppression”, Sir Keir Starmer has said.

    The Labour leader, asked what he thought of work and pensions secretary Mel Stride’s warnings of “the largest majority any party has ever achieved”, told broadcasters in Carmarthenshire: “It’s more of the same, it’s really voter suppression, it’s trying to get people to stay at home rather than to go out and vote.

    “I say if you want change, you have to vote for it. I want people to be part of the change.”

  • Sir Ed Davey poses in tiny car on final day campaigning

    While the Liberal Democrats leader Sir Ed Davey has been criticised for his publicity stunts during the campaign, he shows no sign of stopping on the last day of campaigning.

    During a visit to Owl Lodge in Lacock, Wiltshire, this morning Davey seemed ecstatic to be sitting in a tiny car – and a tractor – with the Lib Dem double decker looming in the background.

    Liberal Democrats leader Sir Ed Davey during a visit to Owl Lodge in Lacock, Wiltshire. (PA)
    Liberal Democrats leader Sir Ed Davey during a visit to Owl Lodge in Lacock, Wiltshire. (PA)
    Sir Ed Davey waves in a tractor during his visit to Owl Lodge in Lacock, Wiltshire, this morning. (PA)
    Sir Ed Davey waves in a tractor during his visit to Owl Lodge in Lacock, Wiltshire, this morning. (PA)
    Sir Ed Davey has been accused of not taking the general election campaign seriously. (PA)
    Sir Ed Davey has been accused of not taking the general election campaign seriously. (PA)
  • Labour campaign chief criticises transgender ‘gotcha questions’

    London, England, UK. 23rd May, 2024. Labour's National Campaign Coordinator PAT MCFADDEN being interviewed in Westminster during the morning media round. (Credit Image: © Thomas Krych/ZUMA Press Wire) EDITORIAL USAGE ONLY! Not for Commercial USAGE! Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc./Alamy Live News
    Labour's national campaign coordinator Pat McFadden has criticised questions about transgender people. (PA)

    Labour’s national campaign co-ordinator has criticised interviewers for using transgender people as a “gotcha question” for politicians.

    Speaking to LBC this morning, Pat McFadden was asked where a transgender woman would go to the toilet in a restaurant.

    But McFadden fired back that Labour want to “protect women-only spaces”, saying: “I think with this issue, you know, asking politicians this one day after the other in some game of gotcha is actually…

    “I’m not sure the Equality Act needs to be changed because the Equality Act protects women-only spaces, and it’s right to protect women-only spaces, I’m not sure Equality Act needs to be changed.”

    He added: “But let me say something else about this, for people going through this, let’s act with a bit of kindness to people, rather than using them as some kind of gotcha question in an interview all the time.”

  • Keir Starmer mocks Tories for ‘wheeling out Boris Johnson’

    Labour leader Sir Keir (centre) has kicked off the final day of campaigning in Wales. (PA)
    Labour leader Sir Keir (centre) has kicked off the final day of campaigning in Wales. (PA)

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has used his final day of campaigning to mock the Conservatives for “wheeling out Boris Johnson”.

    Johnson made a surprise appearance with Rishi Sunak for a speech on Tuesday night, where the former prime minister urged voters to stop a Labour landslide.

    But Starmer name-checked the former prime minister this morning as he attacked the Tories in Carmarthenshire, Wales, this morning.

    He told activists: “I’ve been saying throughout this campaign that if they are returned on Friday for five more years of the Tories we won’t get anything different, it will be the same.

    “They’ve evidenced it in the campaign because Rishi Sunak started by campaigning with David Cameron.

    “Then he borrowed Liz Truss’s programme and put it in his manifesto of unfunded tax cuts.

    “And last night they wheeled out Boris Johnson.

    “When I say chaos, division and failure, they’ve just exhibited it in the campaign.”

  • Sunak poll bump ‘too little, too late’ as Tories face ‘devastating’ wipeout

    British Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Rishi Sunak speaks to staff members during a visit to the DCS group distribution centre as part of a Conservative general election campaign event, in Banbury, central England on July 2, 2024. (Photo by Phil Noble / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PHIL NOBLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    A poll bounce for Rishi Sunak does not appear to be enough to save the Conservatives from wipeout in the general election. (Getty)

    Rishi Sunak is on the verge of leading the Conservative Party to the worst defeat in its 346-year history, according to a new poll for The Independent.

    The Techne UK survey of 5,503 voters has given Labour a 19-point lead at 40% – almost twice the Tories’ 21% – with just one day of campaigning left to go.

    While the Conservatives have gained two points from late last week, and Labour dropped one with Reform UK also losing a point to 16, the narrowing of the polls appears to be too little, too late for Sunak after a disastrous campaign.

    Read the full story from The Independent.

  • Labour slips behind SNP ahead of election day, poll suggests

    File photo dated 06/05/10 of a voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station. Anyone who does not have the correct photo identification to vote in the General Election on July 4 has only a few hours left to apply for a special ID certificate. This year is the first time in the UK that everybody wanting to vote in person at a general election will have to show a correct form of ID before casting a ballot. Issue date: Wednesday June 26, 2024.
    Labour are set to make gains in Scotland but have reportedly slipped behind the SNP in the polls. (PA)

    Labour has slipped behind the SNP days before election day, a new poll suggests.

    A survey by Savanta for The Scotsman suggests 31% of Scots could vote Labour on Thursday, three points down on the last poll, while support for the SNP is unchanged at 34%.

    According to analysis from professor Sir John Curtice, Labour, which won just one seat north of the border in the 2019 election, is on course for 22 Scottish MPs while the SNP would keep 24 seats.

    Read the full story from PA Media.

  • Kemi Badenoch ‘may lose seat’ before vying for Tory leadership

    Business secretary Kemi Badenoch, touted as a potential future Tory leader, may lose her seat in the election, according to The Times.

    Badenoch’s North West Essex seat is reportedly at risk due to a delay in postal votes being sent out – which would rule her out as Rishi Sunak’s successor if he quits.

  • Starmer to give speech on final day of campaign

    Sir Keir Starmer is set to give his first speech of a nationwide tour on the final day of campaigning. First up is an appearance in Carmarthenshire, Wales.

    Follow our live feed below. The Labour leader was due to begin speaking but his speech is running a little behind schedule.

  • What are the parties saying on social media on the final day of campaigning?

    On the last day of the campaign, the major parties have been frantically trying to grab the attention of any undecided voters.


    Still way behind in the polls, the Conservatives have reached the “sad pets” stage of the campaign, warning voters that they face “surrendering” their finances if Labour win – alongside pictures of cats and dogs waiting for food.

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    Alongside a picture of a smiling Rishi Sunak and some creepy music, Labour warned voters on TikTok not to “wake up to five more years of the Tories on Friday”.

    Liberal Democrats

    The Lib Dems are urging voters to “do something they’ve never done before”, alongside a video of leader Sir Ed Davey bungee jumping and screaming “vote Liberal Democrats”.

    Reform UK

    Nigel Farage’s party have taken a more serious approach, with an announcement to “freeze immigration”, alongside a picture of migrants on boats below Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer.

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    (Reform UK)


    A video of SNP’s leader in Westminster Stephen Flynn shows him sunbathing as he warns voters not to let the Tories “steal your vote” by remembering to take photo ID – just like you when going on holiday.

  • Tory minister admits Labour set for 'huge majority'

    A Conservative minister has effectively conceded defeat in the election.

    Asked whether he agrees with Boris Johnson, that it is not “too late”, or Suella Braverman, that it is effectively “over", work and pensions secretary Mel Stride told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “What I’m saying is very clear, which is that all the polls are pointing to one very clear conclusion tomorrow: a Labour government with a huge, huge majority.

    “But what I’m also saying – and this is where I agree with Boris – is that it is not too late to make sure that we have an opposition in there, Conservative MPs who are able to hold that government to account.”

    Stride said that if about 130,000 people in about 100 seats who might be considering voting Reform or Liberal Democrat instead gave their vote to the Tories, it would help to give parliament a more robust opposition.

    “I’m really worried about an untrammelled Labour Party in power and that really needs to be checked, and people will regret it if we don’t have that, I think,” Stride told LBC.

  • Braverman: Election is 'over' for Tories

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    Suella Braverman. (PA)

    The former home secretary Suella Braverman has urged the Conservative Party to “read the writing on the wall” and “prepare for the reality and frustration of opposition”.

    Polls suggest Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour Party is set for a big victory in Thursday’s election, and it is forecast to win more seats than it did in 1997.

    Writing in The Telegraph, Braverman said victory should no longer be the goal for the Tories.

    “Thursday’s vote is now all about forming a strong enough opposition,” she wrote. “One needs to read the writing on the wall: it’s over, and we need to prepare for the reality and frustration of opposition.”

  • What can we expect on the campaign trail today?

    A montage image of UK politicians Rishi Sunak, Sir Keir Starmer, and Nigel Farage.
    Rishi Sunak, Sir Keir Starmer and Nigel Farage will make their final pitch to voters on Wednesday. (PA)

    With less than 24 hours to go until the polls open, party leaders make their last pitches to voters across the country.

    Prime minister Rishi Sunak will end his campaign trail in the South East – home of the so-called ‘Blue Wall’ of Tory safe seats.

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer will make a marathon tour of the country, speaking to voters in England, Scotland and Wales.

    Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey will hit the road again to round off his stunt-packed campaign, with several stops lined up in southern England.

    Meanwhile, Reform UK leader Nigel Farage will take another trip to the Essex seaside constituency of Clacton in an attempt to finally win a seat in the Commons. Survation pollsters have said Clacton is the only constituency where Reform UK has a confident lead, but they could take 16 seats at an “upper end” estimate.

  • Minister warns of ‘weak and marginalised opposition’ in Labour landslide

    London, UK. 9th June, 2024. Mel Stride, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, at the BBC for Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. Credit: Mark Thomas/Alamy Live News
    Work and pensions secretary Mel Stride has warned of the level of power Labour would hold if polls are correct. (PA)

    Work and pensions secretary Mel Stride warned that the country could wake up with a “very weak and marginalised opposition” if polls are correct.

    Labour are on course for a landslide victory in the 4 July poll, with the Tories predicted to suffer huge losses, possibly putting them below the Lib Dems in terms of seats.

    Speaking this morning, Stride suggested the Conservatives were the only one party could “hold this (Labour) government to account” as he repeated Tory warnings of a “supermajority”.

    He told Times Radio: “We’re on the brink, probably, of the largest landslide we’ve ever seen in this country… what we have to have is some balance within our parliament.

    “I think we’re right on the brink of a very perilous situation. Opposition in parliament is there to hold the government to account… it really matters.”

  • British female politicians targeted by fake pornography

    UNSPECIFIED,  - JUNE 13: NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use after July 4, 2024. No Archive after this date. In this handout photo provided by ITV, (left-right) deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner, Liberal Democrat deputy leader Daisy Cooper and Penny Mordaunt, leader of the House of Commons take part in the ITV Election Debate moderated by Julie Etchingham on June 13, 2024 in UNSPECIFIED, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jonathan Hordle/ITV via Getty Images)
    Victims of the fake pornography include Labour’s deputy leader, Angela Rayner (left) and the Commons leader, Penny Mordaunt (right). (Getty)

    British female politicians have become the victims of fake pornography, with some of their faces used in nude images created using artificial intelligence.

    Political candidates targeted on one prominent fake pornography website include: the Labour deputy leader, Angela Rayner; the education secretary, Gillian Keegan; the Commons leader, Penny Mordaunt; the former home secretary, Priti Patel; and the Labour backbencher Stella Creasy, according to Channel 4 News.

    Many of the images have been online for several years and attracted hundreds of thousands of views.

    Read the full story from The Guardian.

  • Green Party co-leader struggles over candidate’s Israel comments

    Green Party co-leader Adrian Ramsay said he “does not know” whether one of his candidates is still standing for election following offensive comments he made about Israel.

    Joe Belcher sparked outrage when he wrote “the leaders of Israel, and Gaza conspired to carry out what happened on Oct 7 for financial gain”.

    Appearing on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday, Ramsay was questioned whether Belcher, who was put up as the Green candidate for Aldridge-Brownhills, was still representing the party.

    He told the programme: “I honestly dont know the answer to that. We’ve got 574 candidates across the country – I’m afraid I haven’t memorised all of them.”

    According to the ‘Who Can I Vote For?’ website, Claire Nash is the Green Party candidate for Aldridge-Brownhills.

  • Lib Dems defend Ed Davey’s ‘boogie boarding and bungee jumping’ campaign

    Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey falls from a surfboard during a visit to Big Blue Surf School in Bude in Cornwall, while on the General Election campaign trail. Picture date: Tuesday July 2, 2024.
    Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey falls from a surfboard during a visit to Big Blue Surf School in Bude in Cornwall, while on the campaign trail. (PA)

    The Lib Dems' education spokeswoman has defended party leader Sir Ed Davey over his campaign stunts.

    Davey has been filmed bungee jumping, boogie boarding and riding down water slides throughout the six-week election campaign, opening himself up to accusations that he is not taking the election seriously.

    But Munira Wilson insisted that the stunts have worked, telling LBC: “Well, we’re all talking about it and we are talking about the issues. I think he’s really taken himself not very seriously to shine a spotlight on serious issues…

    “I think he’s got a balance between really serious issues that people are worried about and also, frankly, making sure that he has a somewhat better time than some of the other party leaders – but also not taking himself too seriously, which I think politicians too often do.”

  • One in eight Brits think you can register to vote today

    A YouGov knowledge test has found that one in eight Britons think you can still register to vote today – one day before the election. It comes as 2024 marks the first time that photo ID will be required to vote in the general election.

  • £235m expected to be withdrawn from ATMs as voters go to polls on Thursday

    File photo dated 06/04/06 of a person using a cashpoint. Around £235 million is expected to be withdrawn from ATMs on Thursday as people fit trips to cash machines around casting their General Election votes, according to a forecast from UK cash access and cash machine network Link. The network expects the total to be lower than it was on December 12 2019, when the last general election was held. Issue date: Wednesday July 3, 2024.
    Some £235 million is expected to be withdrawn from ATMs on the day of the general election. (PA)

    Around £235 million is expected to be withdrawn from ATMs on Thursday as people fit trips to cash machines around casting their general election votes, according to a forecast from UK cash access and cash machine network Link.

    The network expects the total to be lower than it was on December 12 2019, when the last general election was held.

    On that date, which resulted in Boris Johnson returning to Downing Street as Conservative prime minister, £322 million was withdrawn.

    Read the full story on PA Media.

  • Poll shows Labour set to win more seats than 1997 landslide

    Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer laughs as he speaks to supporters near Milton Keynes, England, Monday, July 1, 2024. Britain goes to the polls in a general election on July 4. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is set to lead his party to a historic victory in the general election. (PA)

    With less than than a day before the first votes are cast, a new poll has suggested that Labour are on course to eclipse the 1997 landslide that gave Tony Blair a commanding majority.

    According to the major Survation polls of over 34,000 voters, Sir Keir Starmer is set to lead his party to 484 seats, with a Labour landslide “99% certain”. In 1997, Labour secured 418 seats, which kicked off 13 years in power for the party.

    Labour’s best-case scenario is a 517-seat victory, with 447 seats at the “lower end” and a 484-seat average.

    According to the model, the Conservatives look set to secure between 34 and 99 seats – an average of 64. The Liberal Democrats are set to take between 49 and 73 with an average of 61, but the figures mean it is a viable scenario that the Lib Dems become the official party of opposition, pushing the Tories into third votes in terms of seats.

    Tory big beasts that look set to lose their seats include chancellor Jeremy Hunt, defence secretary Grant Shapps and education secretary Gillian Keegan.

    However, prime minister Rishi Sunak is set to keep a seat in the House of Commons, with a 99% win probability in the Richmond and Northallerton seat, North Yorkshire.

    Survation pollsters wrote in their analysis: "The Conservative Party is virtually certain to win a lower share of the vote than at any past general election”.

  • Boris Johnson delivers surprise election speech at Tory campaign rally

    Boris Johnson delivers a speech in central London, while on the General Election campaign trail. Picture date: Tuesday July 2, 2024.
    Boris Johnson delivered a speech on Tuesday in an attempt to shore up the Tory vote ahead of the general election. (PA)

    Former prime minister Boris Johnson finally made an appearance in the Tory election campaign on Tuesday night, urging voters to prevent “the most left-wing Labour government since the war”.

    Johnson, who has been noticeably absent throughout the six-week general election campaign, joined Rishi Sunak in front of a crowd of Conservative Party supporters as polls continue to point to a huge Labour majority.

    Speaking at the rally, held at the National Army Museum in Chelsea, London, Johnson made a veiled reference to Reform UK – who are ahead of the Tories in some polls – telling the crowd: “Don't let the Putinistas deliver the Corbynistas”.

    Seemingly dismissing any notion of a rift between himself and Sunak – whose resignation as chancellor was seen as the key moment that led to Johnson’s downfall – Johnson said: “When Rishi asked me to come and help of course I couldn’t say no. We’re all here because we love our country.”

    Chants of “Boris, Boris, Boris” could be heard as the former PM told supporters: “There’s only one thing to do – vote Conservative on Thursday my friends and I know you will. I know you will.”

    Sunak told the crowd: “Isn’t it great to have our Conservative family united, my friends?”

    Johnson’s appearance was at one of the Conservative Party’s final campaign events, before polling stations open their doors to voters between 7am and 10pm on Thursday.

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