Nigel Farage's Reform UK eyes 13 seats in stunning UK election result

After six weeks of intense campaigning, Britain braces for a monumental shift in its political landscape as UK Tories face historic defeat with Labour poised for a landslide victory.

Nigel Farage's Reform UK eyes 13 seats in stunning UK election result
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Britain is on the cusp of electing a new government, with exit polls indicating a landslide victory for Sir Keir Starmer.

According to the Ipsos UK poll for Sky News/BBC/ITV News, Starmer’s Labour Party is set to secure 410 seats, equating to a commanding majority of 170.

The Conservative Party, under the leadership of Rishi Sunak, faces a devastating outcome, projected to win just 131 seats. This marks a significant drop from their 365 seats in the 2019 election, potentially the party's worst performance in history.

However, there’s good news for Reform UK, with Nigel Farage’s party looking likely to deliver an incredible 13 MPs.

"The revolt against the establishment is underway,” Farage said the gains his party has seen so far are “almost unbelievable.”

“What does it mean? It means we’re going to win seats, many, many seats,” he said.

“Mainstream media are in denial, just as much as our political parties. This is going to be 6 million votes plus. This vote is huge.”

Senior Tory figures, including Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps, and Veterans Minister Johnny Mercer, are among those likely to lose their seats.

Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner acknowledged the exit poll results as "encouraging" but urged caution, noting that the final count is still pending.

She praised Sir Keir for his "tremendous job in transforming the Labour Party and putting forward a programme for government that the country can get behind."

Former Conservative justice secretary Sir Robert Buckland, speaking before losing his Swindon South seat to Labour, reflected on the defeat. He stressed the need for the party to "respect the scale of this likely defeat and then learn from it," drawing parallels to his experience in the 1997 election.

The exit poll suggests the following seat distribution: Labour with 410, Conservatives with 131, Liberal Democrats at 61, Reform UK at 13, SNP at 10, Plaid Cymru at 4, Green Party at 2, and other parties securing 19 seats.

While Labour’s victory appears to surpass their previous results, they might fall short of the 179-seat majority achieved by Tony Blair in 1997, even with a smaller share of the vote than what Jeremy Corbyn secured in 2017.

This election could see the Conservatives recording their lowest share of the vote and seat tally, worse than their performance in 1906.

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