Tommy Corbyn posted a series of failed election predictions on social from the snap vote in 2017 – less than three hours after a YouGov poll indicated the Conservatives would storm to a 68-seat majority in 14 days time. On Twitter, Tommy shared screenshots from several news outlets, which predicted the then Prime Minister Theresa May was on course for a “landslide” victory ahead the election on June 8, 2017. Tommy accompanied the four headlines, with the caption: “Polls…”
One headline said: “Theresa May will win biggest Tory landslide since Thatcher, final survey predicts.”
A second headline said: “How Theresa May could land a 212 majority win.”
A third headline said: “Theresa May set for a landslide in snap election.”
A fourth and final headline said: “Conservatives on course for landslide victory in election, poll suggests.”
Following the snap election two years ago, the polls were indeed turned upside down and Mrs May lost her Commons majority.
The Tories won 318 seats – down from the 331 won by her predecessor David Cameron in 2015.
The Labour Party made gains of 30 seats, taking their total number of MPs to 262.
Last night, the much-anticipated YouGov poll which asked 100,000 people, predicted the Tories are set to win 359 seats, giving Boris Johnson a majority of 68.
The MRP poll for The Times, put the Labour Party on 211 seats – a loss of 51.
Its survey is widely respected as it correctly predicted a hung-parliament at the last vote, against all the odds.
Ahead of the release of the poll results, Mr Johnson urged voters against complacency and said the only way to deliver Brexit and stop a Labour-SNP Government is to back the Tories at the ballot box.
Mr Johnson told The Spectator: “The memory of 2017 is evergreen and people should be in no doubt that their vote matters.
“There are no luxury votes in this election, if you want to prevent a Corbyn/Sturgeon coalition you must vote for the Conservatives.
Shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner said the party has had “no discussions” about a change in strategy, after the poll found the Tories were making gains in the Labour heartlands in the North.
When asked about a change in strategy on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Gardiner said: “This is news to me this morning. I have not had any discussions on that.
“Obviously what we want to do is to make sure that we keep on, as we have been doing over the past few weeks, narrowing that margin in the polls.”