Gloucestershire General Election 2024 live results, exit poll, reactions and analysis

Sir Keir Starmer is heading to Downing Street as a post-election poll suggests his Labour Party will win power. The Labour leader will become prime minister on Friday with an overwhelming majority in Parliament, the broadcasters’ poll showed.

Rishi Sunak’s tenure as Prime Minister looks set to end in electoral disaster, with heavy losses predicted for the Conservatives. It’s a dramatic turnaround since the 2019 general election, when Boris Johnson gave the Tories a comfortable 80-seat majority and Jeremy Corbyn led Labour to its worst result since 1935.

Post-election polling suggests Labour is heading for 410 seats, while the Tories fall to 131. That would mean Labour becoming Prime Minister in 10 Downing Street for the first time in 2010, and the Conservatives facing a possible civil war as the struggle over the future direction of the party and the battle over who will possibly succeed Mr Sunak begins.

After 14 years in power, the Conservatives knew it would be a difficult election, but the at times chaotic campaign – which began at a time chosen by Mr Sunak – has contributed to their party’s likely defeat.

From his rain-soaked speech announcing the surprise Fourth of July election, to the D-Day debacle when he left Normandy early to record a television interview, to the confused campaign messages about a Labour “supermajority”, Mr Sunak has struggled to convince voters he is the right man to lead the country.

Calling an election in the summer rather than waiting until the autumn was always a gamble, and the Prime Minister was not helped by the scandal surrounding Tory candidates and officials who allegedly went to bookmakers with inside knowledge of the election date.

Mr Sunak is expected to resign after leading his party to defeat, but many of the contenders vying to succeed him are nervously awaiting the results of their own constituency elections to see if their leadership dreams survive the night.

Penny Mordaunt, Grant Shapps, Suella Braverman, Steve Baker and Robert Jenrick all face a battle to return to Parliament. Former Home Secretaries Suella Braverman and Dame Priti Patel, Security Secretary Tom Tugendhat and Health Secretary Victoria Atkins could survive and fight for the leadership.