How anti-Tory campaign group aims to bring down 5 key Tory grandees

Robert Jenrick, Grant Shapps, Penny Mordaunt, Jeremy Hunt and James Cleverly

Robert Jenrick, Grant Shapps, Penny Mordaunt, Jeremy Hunt and James Cleverly are at risk of losing their seats

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Hannah Ross

By Hannah Ross


Published: 18/06/2024

- 11:23

Updated: 18/06/2024

- 12:11

The group Best for Britain are advising voters on how to oust leading Conservatives from their seats

Anti-Conservative campaigners are predicting five leading Tories could lose their seats in aims for the "heaviest possible" electoral defeat for the Government.

The campaign group Best for Britain have been advising voters how to vote on July 4 to keep the Conservatives out of government for at least a decade and to avoid electing Reform UK MPs.


Based on MRP polling, it found that a third in almost every constituency will vote tactically in this election.

This means Penny Mordaunt, Jeremy Hunt, Grant Shapps, James Cleverly and Robert Jenrick could all lose their seats if voters work together to get rid of the Tory candidates.

Rishi Sunak

Best for Britain is advising to vote for Labour in Richmond and Northallerton to tactically vote Rishi Sunak from his seat

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss, and former home secretaries Suella Braverman and Dame Priti Patel are also potential casualties of tactical voting.

Best for Britain is recommending voting tactically for the Labour Party in 370 seats, the Liberal Democrats in 69, the Greens in 3, the SNP in 7 and Plaid Cymru in 2.

No recommendations have been made for 181 seats as the opposition party is so far ahead in those constituencies.

In Rishi Sunak's seat of Richmond and Northallerton, the campaigners are advising to vote for Labour, and have reported that 40 per cent of people intend to vote tactically in that area.

Voting intention for Clacton poll and Nigel Farage

The organisation are advising Clacton voters to choose Labour to prevent Nigel Farage from becoming MP

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The organisation is also advising people to vote for Labour in Clacton, to prevent Nigel Farage, leader of Reform UK, from becoming an MP.

In Godalming and Ash, the campaigners are recommending a vote for the Lib Dems to unseat Chancellor Jeremy Hunt.

The poll and MRP analysis of 22,149 people taken by Survation found tactical voting crucial to Labour's lead in the polls as one in five people who say they are voting for Starmer's party are doing so tactically.

While at least a third of voters in 558 constituencies said they would vote tactically to change the government, this jumps to 40 per cent in 234 seats and over 50 per cent in 31 seats.

The study also found Labour is currently leading in 456 seats while the Tories have fallen to 72, while the Lib Dems will regain their position as the third largest party with 56 seats.

In terms of the national vote share, the Best for Britain's poll found Labour currently leads (39.6 per cent) followed by the Conservatives (23.5 per cent), Reform UK (12.3 per cent), the Lib Dems (11.4 per cent) and finally, the Green Party (6.4 per cent).

Naomi Smith, CEO of Best for Britain, said: "Tactical voters have already changed the face of this election and by giving them the most accurate and up to date information, they can deliver a historic result on 4 July.

"GetVoting.org is now live and will help voters lock the Tories out of power for a decade and can stop Farage getting a foothold in parliament."

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