Daily Express - - Front Page - By Macer Hall Po­lit­i­cal Edi­tor

BORIS John­son is poised to de­liver on his Brexit prom­ise with the Tories to­day on course for a land­slide elec­tion vic­tory.

A bomb­shell exit poll re­leased af­ter polling sta­tions closed at 10pm fore­cast a mas­sive 86-seat ma­jor­ity for the Prime Min­is­ter’s party.

The BBC, ITV and Sky News sur­vey pre­dicted 368 seats for the Tories, 191 for Labour, 13 for the Lib Dems and 55 for the Scot­tish Na­tional Party.

The signs of a sur­prise vote surge for the Tories put Mr John­son on course for the party’s big­gest ma­jor­ity since the days of Mar­garet Thatcher in 1987.

Mil­lions of vot­ers braved driv­ing rain and blus­tery winds to go to the polls in the first win­ter elec­tion

since 1974 and the first held in De­cem­ber since 1923.

The Pound soared against the dol­lar and the euro as the Gen­eral Elec­tion exit poll pre­dicted the Con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity.

A Pound was up 1.85 per cent to 1.342 dol­lars and up 1.09 per cent to 1.202 euro within min­utes of the an­nounce­ment.

Turnout was ex­pected to be the high­est at a Gen­eral Elec­tion in years af­ter Brexit ex­cited pasto sion among vot­ers on both sides of the de­bate.

Early this morn­ing, the re­sult looked to be a de­ci­sive vote from the coun­try in favour of Par­lia­ment fi­nally re­spect­ing the ver­dict of the 2016 EU Ref­er­en­dum and free­ing the UK from Brus­sels rule.

It also ap­peared to mark an em­phatic re­jec­tion of Jeremy Cor­byn’s brand of hard-Left so­cial­ism af­ter a hu­mil­i­at­ing drub­bing. The Labour leader was ex­pected to face pres­sure as early as to­day to quit his job af­ter what ap­peared to be his sec­ond Gen­eral Elec­tion de­feat.

Mr John­son is to­day ex­pected to cel­e­brate a re­mark­able per­sonal tri­umph in restor­ing the Con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment lost by Theresa May at the last elec­tion in 2017.

The Prime Min­is­ter was hop­ing be able to con­firm to­day that his EU With­drawal Agree­ment with Brus­sels will be rushed back to the Com­mons next week for a swift vote by MPs.

Ev­ery Con­ser­va­tive MP elected last night was fully signed up to sup­port­ing Mr John­son’s EU With­drawal Agree­ment Bill.

He made his prom­ise to “get Brexit done” the cen­tre­piece of the Tory of­fen­sive over the five-week elec­tion cam­paign.

His high-risk gam­ble of seek­ing to unite Leave vot­ers ap­peared to have paid off with Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party mak­ing lit­tle im­pact last night de­spite win­ning the Euro elec­tions in May.

Last night’s exit poll sug­gested the in­sur­gent anti-EU force will not win a sin­gle Com­mons seat.

Ev­ery Tory elected last night was fully signed up to sup­port­ing the deal.

Yes­ter­day’s there were long queues at many polling sta­tions. Waits of more than half an hour were re­ported at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions across Eng­land.

Queue­ing ap­peared par­tic­u­larly wide­spread in Lon­don, with long lines form­ing in a num­ber of con­stituen­cies.

The queues came on top of the high­est num­ber of postal votes ever in a Bri­tish poll. Around one in four vot­ers are es­ti­mated to have re­quested the right to send in their bal­lot pa­per by post.

Mr John­son broke with tra­di­tion by not vot­ing for him­self yes­ter­day af­ter reg­is­ter­ing to vote in West­min­ster rather than his own con­stituency of Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip, north-west Lon­don.

A spokesman for him said “The Prime Min­is­ter was proud to vote for Nickie Aiken, the fan­tas­tic Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date for the Cities of Lon­don and West­min­ster, who is com­mit­ted to vot­ing for the PM’s Brexit deal and get­ting Brexit done by Jan­uary 31.”

Mr John­son voted at Methodist Cen­tral Hall, near Down­ing Street,

at around 8.15am. He turned up to the polling sta­tion in Storey’s Gate, a street over­looked by West­min­ster Abbey, with his dog Di­lyn in tow, an hour and a quar­ter af­ter polls opened.

Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn voted at 9.30am with wife Laura Alvarez in Is­ling­ton North, where he lives and has rep­re­sented as an MP since 1983.

A pro­tester dressed as Elmo, a char­ac­ter from chil­dren’s TV pro­gramme Sesame Street, was re­strained by se­cu­rity guards as she tried to ap­proach Mr Cor­byn as he en­tered the polling sta­tion. As the woman in fancy dress ar­gued with se­cu­rity and po­lice, Mr Cor­byn said: “Hello guys, can we stop the ar­gu­ments please.”

Mr Cor­byn ar­rived to cast his vote at Pake­man Pri­mary School at around 9.25am.

Dur­ing the cam­paign the Prime Min­is­ter has trav­elled more than 9,000 miles, at­tended more than 100 events and ap­pear­ances and vis­ited all four na­tions of the UK. He has also vis­ited ev­ery English re­gion at least twice.

But the cam­paign has been seen by com­men­ta­tors on all sides as the most ac­ri­mo­nious in liv­ing me­mory.All the ma­jor par­ties in­volved have re­peat­edly ac­cused each other of ly­ing.

Bri­tain’s Euro­pean fu­ture was the dom­i­nant is­sue through­out the cam­paign.

THE peo­ple have spo­ken and they have em­braced hope and free­dom for this na­tion with the vi­sion out­lined by Boris John­son. In do­ing so they have in his­toric lev­els re­jected the ex­trem­ism of Jeremy Cor­byn and his Labour Party.

The ex­pected ma­jor­ity for John­son’s Con­ser­va­tives is a loud and clear mes­sage to get Brexit done and for Bri­tain to set forth as an in­de­pen­dent na­tion.

In the history of this great coun­try there have been many elec­tions but it is fair to say that only a hand­ful have had enor­mous sig­nif­i­cance which have shaped the fu­ture of the na­tion for decades to come.

In 1906 the Lib­eral vic­tory trans­formed our democ­racy and en­sured that the fran­chise would be per­ma­nently ex­tended.

In 1945 Labour’s vic­tory saw the cre­ation of the wel­fare state and a com­plete turn around in the phi­los­o­phy of gov­ern­ment.

Then in 1979, Mar­garet Thatcher’s his­toric vic­tory rewrote pol­i­tics in this coun­try and brought an end to the long pe­riod of gloom, de­spair and de­cline.

The 2019 elec­tion which vot­ers cast their ballots in yes­ter­day was one of these seis­mic elec­tions.At stake was the free­dom of this coun­try and its place as an in­de­pen­dent state free of the EU.

Per­haps even more im­por­tantly the very in­tegrity of our democ­racy in the mother of Par­lia­ments was in jeop­ardy af­ter more than three years of be­trayal of the Leave vote in 2016 by a Re­mainer par­lia­ment set on ig­nor­ing the will of the Bri­tish peo­ple.

But, per­haps even more im­por­tant than that, the fu­ture di­rec­tion of Bri­tain and the fight against ex­trem­ism lay at the heart of this elec­tion bat­tle.

A vic­tory for Mr John­son meant the Brexit un­cer­tainty will fi­nally come to an end and the coun­try could be set off on a path to pros­per­ity for all.

It was clear last night that the Bri­tish peo­ple would keep their heads and fol­low a path of com­mon sense.

It is still un­cer­tain how much of the red wall of Labour heart­land seats have fallen.

But be in no doubt this elec­tion has changed things for good. Seats which were once safe Labour are no longer sure.

Vot­ers in the North and Mid­lands have been ig­nored and be­trayed for far too long by Labour. They have been treated as a means to get Labour MPs who then turned their backs on these con­stituen­cies.

The loss of pa­tri­o­tism and the sup­port for ter­ror­ists by the cur­rent Labour lead­er­ship has dis­gusted many and turned vot­ers off.

The first howl of protest in these seats was Brexit but Labour did not learn its les­son. Now it’s been crush­ingly pun­ished.

Let us hope as the re­sults are fi­nalised that this coun­try can now unite be­hind a pos­i­tive vi­sion in a coun­try able to fi­nally de­cide for it­self and with a Par­lia­ment which re­spects the peo­ple who voted for it.

Boris John­son on course for Tory tri­umph

Jeremy Cor­byn vot­ing yes­ter­day

Queue stretches around the block out­side a polling sta­tion in Bal­ham, south Lon­don and, in­set, an­other long wait in nearby Brix­ton yes­ter­day Stand­ing in line at Bal­ham, south Lon­don, and right, vot­ers wait­ing their turn in Manch­ester

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