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Sunak can 'absolutely' turn things around, says minister as poll predicts 1997-style wipeout


Grant Shapps insisted the Conservatives could “absolutely” turn their electoral fortunes around after a poll showed the party headed for a 1997-style annihilation.

The survey conducted by YouGovpredicts that the Conservative Party will win just 169 seats and Labor will win 385.

That would give the Labor leader Keir Starmer a majority of 120 seats.

The poll, based on a survey of 14,000 people, also shows that every seat in the so-called “Red Wall” won by the Conservatives in the 2019 election will be lost.

According to the results of the survey, 11 cabinet ministers will also lose their positions.

In total, the Conservatives will lose 196 seats, compared with the 178 lost by former prime minister John Major in 1997.

The survey is conducted ahead of a key week for Rishi Sunak The Rwanda bill returns to the House of Commons on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Defense Secretary was asked this morning if he believed the Conservatives could turn things around Grant Shapps Times Radio: “Of course. And look, the reason I think we can change this is because at least people know we have a plan and we're working on it. Labor has no plan.”

Shapps also insisted there was “no election tomorrow”, adding that the Conservatives “have a plan and that plan is starting to work”.

“Inflation is decreasing, the number of small vessels has decreased by more than a third, actually by 36 percent. That's why we have a plan that we're working on. In fact the election is not tomorrow, people know that, but when they are faced with a choice, they will look to vote Keir Starmer and work, and we would be back to square one again.

“So our plan that works against is back to square one. Labor has no plan on these issues.”

Also talking to Sky News this morning the defense secretary, whose seat will be lost in the current vote, said: “I always see my seat as a marginal seat and I always fight it very hard.”

He added that the poll was not conducted in his constituency of Welwyn Hatfield and said it was an “extrapolation”.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has been warned that his party will be “destroyed” at the next general election if he fails to deliver on his promise to stop the boats.

Sir Simon Clarke, a former cabinet minister under Boris Johnson and Liz Truss, said in response to a new YouGov poll that “the time for half measures is over”.

Sir Simon tweeted: “This result would be a disaster for [the Conservatives] and our country. Half-time is over. We either deliver in small boats or be destroyed.”

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