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Tories ‘would lose Red Wall seats in fresh vote’

BORIS JOHNSON would lose most of his ‘Red Wall’ seats if an election was called today, a new poll reveals.

The prime minister (pictured) faces the prospect of his 80-seat majority being wiped out by the government’s struggles to contain the coronavirus crisis.

Most of the former Labour heartland in the north of England that voted Conservative in December 2019 would turn against Mr Johnson’s party — and his own Uxbridge and Ruislip South constituency also looks to be on the line.

Just over a year since the Tories’ historic election victory, the poll by Focaldata will set alarm bells ringing in No.10.

Researchers surveyed more than 22,000 people during December, when Christmas ‘bubbles’ were scaled back due to the Covid variant and ministers were fighting to strike a Brexit deal with the EU.

The result, published in The Sunday Times, indicated that the Tories would lose 81 seats, leaving them with 284. They would cling on to just eight of the 43 Red Wall seats won last year.

Labour would win 282 seats, an increase of 82. That would include 41 seats in the north of England, Midlands and Wales that voted Labour in 2017 before turning blue in 2019.

Justin Ibbett, founder of Focaldata, said: ‘One year on, it is clear that the Conservatives already have a lot of work to do if they are to replicate their 2019 success in future elections.’

PM: Scottish poll should remain once-in-a-generation

A POLL on Scottish independence should be a ‘once-in-a-generation’ vote, Boris Johnson has insisted. The prime minister told the BBC’s Andrew Marr referendums were ‘not particularly jolly events’ and the length between ones on Europe — between 1975 and 2016 — was ‘a good sort of gap’. A poll from The Scotsman/Savanta ComRes showed 58 per cent of Scottish voters would back independence. In the 2014 vote, 55.3 per cent backed staying in the UK.