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Politics latest news: Tories could lose more than half of 100 most rural constituencies, poll suggests

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The Conservatives could lose more than half of the 100 most rural seats in England at the next general election, according to a new poll which dealt a fresh blow to Rishi Sunak. 

A new Survation survey showed Labour now holds a poll lead over the Tories in the 100 countryside seats which have traditionally formed the Conservative heartlands. 

The poll put Labour on 37 per cent of the vote with the Conservatives now three points behind on 34 per cent. 

Labour support is up by 17 points when compared to the party’s performance in the seats at the 2019 general election while Tory support has collapsed, falling by 25 points. 

The Conservatives currently hold 96 of the seats but analysis of the poll suggested that if the numbers were repeated at the election then the Tories may win just 43, with Labour taking 51 and the Liberal Democrats also making a handful of gains. 

Potential high-profile casualties could include Jeremy Hunt and Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg. The poll was conducted between Jan 23-30 on behalf of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA). 

The poll was published at the start of what could be a challenging week for Mr Sunak. His Rwanda Bill returns to the House of Lords for further scrutiny today, GDP statistics will be published on Thursday which could show the UK is in recession, and the week will finish with the crunch Wellingborough and Kingswood by-elections. 

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