UK general election 2019: exit poll predicts 86-seat Conservative majority

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from The Guardian:

Exit polls, first results and the biggest winners and losers after Britain votes in the ‘most important poll in a generation’

If the exit poll is correct, this is how Boris Johnson’s election performance will compare with those of his Conservative predecessors over the last 40 years. He will have done better in terms of numbers of seats than:

Margaret Thatcher in 1979 – 339

John Major in 1992 – 336

David Cameron in 2015 – 330

Theresa May in 2017 – 317

David Cameron in 2010 – 306

Michael Howard in 2005 – 198

William Hague in 2001 – 166

John Major in 1997 – 165

But he won’t have done as well as:

Margaret Thatcher in 1983 – 397

Margaret Thatcher in 1987 – 376

However, if the exit poll is correct, Jeremy Corbyn’s election performance will be the worst by a Labour leader for more than 40 years. He will have done worse than:

Tony Blair in 1997 – 418

Tony Blair in 2001 – 412

Tony Blair in 2005 – 355

Neil Kinnock in 1992 – 271

James Callaghan in 1979 – 269

Jeremy Corbyn in 2017 – 262

Gordon Brown in 2010 – 258

Ed Miliband in 2015 – 232

Neil Kinnock in 1987 – 229

Michael Foot in 1983 – 209

In fact, it would be the worst result for Labour since 1935, when the party got just 154 under Clement Attlee, who has only just taken over as party leader.

Comparing these figures is not always fair because, although the Commons has had 650 MPs in most years since 1979, there were only 635 MPS in 1979 and in other years the membership has varied from 646 to 659. Full details are in this Commons briefing paper (pdf) on UK election results since 1918. This year 650 MPs will be elected.

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