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Nadine Dorries has reacted to a horror polling forecast by warning the Conservative Party would be “condemned to extinction” at a general election, with the Tories plunging to be just the UK’s fourth biggest political party. The Conservative MP was responding to a tweet from Election Maps UK based on new bombshell polling from Redfield & Winton Strategies. It shared a map of the UK showing that compared to the last General Election in 2019, the Labour Party would pick up a massive 313 new seats that would take it to a staggering 515 seat total.
The Tories would lose a huge 343 seats to plunge to a total of just 22 seats in the House of Commons and throughout Britain having won an 80-seat majority in the last general election nearly three years ago.
But the nightmare for the Tories doesn’t end there, as the map shows the current ruling party would plunge to fourth place behind the Liberal Democrats (47 seats) and Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP (42 seats).
Ms Dorries, the former Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has been left horrified by the latest forecasts and sent a damning warning to her party.
Sharing the election voting intention map on Twitter, she wrote: “In July, when Sunak, Conservative MPs, and ministers orchestrated their first coup, we were five points behind in the polls had an 80-seat majority and Boris Johnson was our PM.
“This poll doesn’t show us losing an election, it condemns us to extinction.”
The latest polling from Redfield & Wilton of 2,000 UK adults on October 16 paints a horrifying picture for the Tories as Prime Minister Ms Truss comes under soaring pressure.
The voting intention poll shows Labour leading the Tories by a massive 36 percent with a total of 56 percent of the vote – up seven points from the firm’s most recent poll just last Thursday.
This is the largest lead recorded by any polling company for any party since October 1997 – another huge boost for Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and the latest damning blow for Ms Truss and her Tories.
When those who say they do not know how they would vote in a General Election are included, Labour still leads by a massive 31 percent.
Redfield & Winton said after weighting by likelihood to vote, more respondents to the poll said they didn’t know how they would vote (17 percent) than said they would vote Conservative (16 percent).
A quarter of those who voted for the Tories in the last general election in December 2019 and just three percent of those who voted Labour are uncertain.
In total, an eye-watering 93 percent who voted Labour nearly three years ago said they would vote for the party again, while only 37 percent of those who voted Conservative in 2019 say they would vote for the Tories again.
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The poll also showed that seven in 10 British voters cite the economy as one of the three most important issues that would determine how they would vote in a General Election.
The UK economy was plunged into chaos last month when then-Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng announced £45billion worth of tax cuts, that sent the pound plunging to a record low against the US dollar and forced the Bank of England to make a rare emergency intervention.
Newly appointed Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has now reversed nearly all of the measures announced by his predecessor, while Ms Truss admitted mistakes were made.
On Monday, Ms Dorries called for Boris Johnson to return as Prime Minister as pressure mounts on Ms Truss in the battle to save her job amid the chaos surrounding her Government.
She said the nation should either get behind Ms Truss or bring back Mr Johnson in order to stave off a general election.
Addressing speculation about who might replace Ms Truss if she were to resign, Ms Dorries said: “There is no unity candidate. No one has enough support.”
Writing on Twitter, she added: “Only one MP has a mandate from party members and from the British public – a mandate with an 80-seat majority, Boris Johnson.
“The choices are simple – back Liz, if not bring back Boris or face a [general election] within weeks.”
More than 100 MPs are reportedly ready to submit letters of no confidence in the Prime Minister, while Tories Crispin Blunt, Andrew Bridgen and Jamie Wallis have all publicly stated they believe she should resign.
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