5 shocking facts about the scale of the Tory 2024 election defeat

Some key facts and figures to sum up just how bad it’s been for the Tories.

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The Tories have been well and truly routed, sinking to their worst ever defeat in a general election.

 Such is the scale of the Tory defeat, which has given the Labour Party a historic landslide that we thought we’d give you some key facts and figures to sum up just how bad it’s been for the Tories. 

1.Tories lose 11 Cabinet ministers, the most in history. 

It’s so bad for the Conservatives that the party lost 11 Cabinet ministers in total, the most in history, beating the previous record of seven cabinet ministerial defeats in 1997. Here are the full 11 below:

  • Penny Mordaunt, leader of the Commons
  • Alex Chalk, the justice secretary
  • Grant Shapps, the defence secretary
  • Gillian Keegan, the education secretary
  • David TC Davies, the Welsh secretary
  • Michelle Donelan, the science secretary
  • Lucy Frazer, the culture secretary
  • Mark Harper, the transport secretary
  • Johnny Mercer, Veterans’ Minister
  • Simon Hart, Chief Whip
  • Victoria Prentis, Attorney General

2. Tories suffer worst election defeat in their parliamentary history

It was so bad for the Tories that Rishi Sunak apologised to the country following the Conservative Party’s general election defeat – the worst in its parliamentary history. Labour is projected to form the next government, with a majority of 174. Currently they have 412 MPs, up 211 from the last election. The Tories are set for the worst result in their history. They have lost 250 seats and are currently on 121 seats.

3. Conservatives lose all their seats in Wales

The Conservative Party has been completely wiped out in Wales. Labour won all but five of the 32 Welsh Commons seats, with four going to Plaid Cymru and one, Brecon, Radnor & Cwm Tawe, to the Liberal Democrats.

4.Tories lose Thatcher’s old seat

In a sign of how bad it was for the Tories, former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s old seat of Finchley has been gained by the Labour Party. Labour’s Sarah Sackman took Finchley and Golders Green from the Conservatives, defeating Tory rival Alex Deane who polled 17,276, while Sackman secured 21,857 votes.

5. Labour is on course for a 170-seat majority in the House of Commons

That’s the biggest since Tony Blair’s famous win in 1997.

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