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Boris Johnson tweets thanks after sensational exit poll shows Tories winning historic Brexit electio

Boris Johnson won over 'Workington man' today as he marches his new blue-collar Tory army towards a staggering election landslide.

With Labour's 'red wall' of Brexit-backing strongholds imploding, the Conservatives pulled off a massive coup by securing the symbolic swing seat, overturning a 3,000 majority to triumph by 4,000 votes with a 10 per cent swing.

The dramatic score came with experts forecasting the Tories are on track to rack up 357 seats in the first December election for nearly a century, with Labour collapsing to 201 - down 61 on 2017.

The bombshell numbers would give Mr Johnson a huge Commons majority of 64, the biggest since Margaret Thatcher's third victory in 1987, and more than enough to fulfill his vow to 'get Brexit done'.

By contrast Mr Corbyn looks to have stewarded his party to its worst performance since 1935 and plunged it into a seething civil war - despite his allies claiming earlier that high turnout might have helped him pull off a surprise.

The Tories overturned an 8,000 majority to rip the former mining area of Blythe Valley in Northumberland from Labour's grip for the first time ever. The party's candidate won by 700 votes after securing an incredible 10.2 per cent swing in what was theoretically only 85th on the target list.

There were also jaw-dropping gains in Bishop Auckland - which had never elected a Conservative MP in 134 years - Leigh, Darlington, Stockton South, Redcar - which saw a 15.5 per cent swing - Peterborough, Wrexham and the Vale of Clywd.

As the political map was redrawn in a few tumultuous hours, places like Jarrow, Houghton & Sunderland South, Sunderland Central, and Newcastle Upon-Tyne Central saw enormous movements from Labour to the Conservatives - although the party clung on.

A pattern was emerging of Brexit Party candidates draining votes from Labour in its northern heartlands, while Tory support held steady.

Michael Foot with his disastrous 1983 Labour manifesto - known as the 'longest suicide note in history'

In a few crumbs of comfort for Remainers, Cabinet minister Zac Goldsmith lost to the Lib Dems in the heavily Remain seat of Richmond Park.

Putney was taken from the Conservatives by Labour thanks to tactical voting by Lib Dem supporters. And Labour's Rosie Duffield kept hold of Canterbury - one of its marquee captures from the 2017 poll.

However, a cross-party bid to eject Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in Esher & Walton and Tory ex-leader Iain Duncan Smith in Chingford and Wood Green failed.

There were scenes of jubilation in CCHQ as the exit poll was unveiled at 10pm, with staff singing and dancing following a month of brutal political struggle as Mr Corbyn tried desperately to sell his hard-Left agenda to the UK public.

The initial exit poll suggested the Tories were going to do even better, with 368 seats and Labour collapsing to 191.

However, the numbers were scaled back a bit as more actual results came through.

The SNP are predicted to get 55 MPs - approaching a clean sweep in Scotland - and the Lib Dems have effectively stalled on 13 after a dismal all-out Remain campaign by leader Jo Swinson - who might now lose her own East Dunbartonshire seat.

Without explicitly claiming victory this evening, Mr Johnson tweeted a 'thank you' to 'everyone across our great country who voted, who volunteered, who stood as candidates'.

Posting a picture of himself with workers carrying a 'we love Boris' sign, he said: 'We live in the greatest democracy in the world.'

But for Mr Corbyn his dream of a socialist Britain is now in ruins, with his time in charge of the party surely coming crashing to an end.

If confirmed, it would be worse than the showing by his hero Michael Foot, who was famously put to the sword by Thatcher with just 209 seat in 1983.

Left-wing stalwarts including the 'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner are set to be humiliatingly ejected as Mr Johnson flips huge swathes of the country from deep red to Tory blue.

In an amazing piece of understatement, an ashen-faced shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the exit poll was 'disappointing' and blamed it on Brexit. 'I thought it would be closer,' he said.

'The poll itself, I think it looks as though it's Brexit dominated, a lot of this I think was Brexit fatigue, people just wanted it over and done with and it put Labour in a very difficult position.'

Speaking to BBC News, Mr McDonnell said: 'We thought other issues could cut through and there would be a wider debate, from this evidence there clearly wasn't.'

On the future of Mr Corbyn's leadership, Mr McDonnell said: 'Let's see the results themselves, as I say, the appropriate decisions will be made and we'll always make the decisions in the best interests of our party.'

But Labour moderates were jubilant, with one source who had expected a narrow result telling MailOnline: 'Never been so pleased to be wrong.' Former Labour MPs said the 'Great Leader' should immediately resign along with his hard-Left clique.

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My view: Jeremy Corbyn should resign immediately, the result is a complete disaster for his party.

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