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UK Tories Set to Lose Battleground Races to Lib Dems, Poll Shows

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party is projected to lose at least 24 battleground seats to Liberal Democrats, a new poll shows, underscoring the swing seen in last month’s special election. 

Among 64 Tory constituencies where the Lib Dems won more than 20% of the votes in the 2019 general election, the ruling party is expected to lose 26 of them if an election was held immediately, YouGov projected based on a voter survey. That includes Esher and Walton, the seat held by deputy prime minister Dominic Raab, as well as Surrey South West, which is held by former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt.