When it came, the exit poll projecting a hung parliament was as surprising to Labour’s campaign team as to everyone else. One of them, who was with others bunched around a TV at the party headquarters in Victoria Street, London, said: “We were absolutely buzzing.” There were words of caution that exit polls had proved unreliable in the past. One warned: “Let’s throttle this back.” But it was too late. Andrew Murray, one of Jeremy Corbyn’s advisers, who helped write his manifesto speech, said: “There was a tremendous moment of elation when the exit poll was announced because it became apparent that the campaign had achieved the most stunning turnaround in public opinion in seven weeks.” On Thursday morning, the team had prepared plans for about half a dozen scenarios. The best-case scenario, regarded as highly unlikely, was forming a government. The second best, viewed as almost as unlikely, was a hung parliament. The worst case, based on one of the worst of the polls, was the Conservatives on 380 seats, with Labour dropping to 190. The scenario the team expected to be dealing with was one in the middle, which put Labour on about 35-36% of the vote. Murray,… Read full this story
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