Jo Swinson set to lose her seat in blow for Liberal Democrats


JO Swinson is set to lose her seat to the SNP, exit poll data has claimed.

The Liberal Democrats leader – savaged for her below-par campaign performances – has just a fiveper cent chance of keeping Dunbartonshire East.

The Liberal Democrats leader was savaged for her below-par campaign performances

She could still remain leader if she loses her seat – but could be pressured into quitting after a disastrous anti-Brexit campaign.

She was defending a majority of 5,339 – but is expected to lose it as the SNP claim 55 seats out of 59.

Her pledge to cancel Brexit on day one of a Lib Dem government saw the Lib Dems slide in the polls throughout the campaign – triggering a last-minute pivot to backing a second referendum.

It comes as exit polls put Boris Johnson on course for a majority win with 368 while Labour trailed at just 191.

TheLiberal Democrats are expected to pick up just 13 seats.Earlier, Brits headed to the polls to vote in one of the biggest and most decisive elections ever.

Prime Minister Mr Johnson, who gambled his premiership by triggering the vote, has sought to focus on his pledge to “get Brexit done” throughout the campaign.

Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn has instead tried to highlight his party’s credentials on the health service and other domestic issues.

Voters had braved freezing temperatures throughout the day to line up outside community halls, churches and schools to have their say – and risked being a touch late for work.

Astonishing pictures of snaking queues came despite initial fears of a low turnout in the first December election in nearly 100 years.

The third General Election in less than five years has been largely dominated by the 2016 vote to leave the European Union – with Labour pledging to give voters another say in a second referendum, while the Tories have vowed to take the UK out of the EU next month.

The last election in the UK in 2017 saw a 68.8 per cent turnout, higher than at the 2015 and 2010 elections – with bookies offering 6-4 odds on a 65-70 per cent turnout this year.


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