James Forsyth

Atmospherics point to a strong Tory showing

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Tessa Jowell, George Osborne and Charlie Kennedy just got the chance to set expectations for their respective parties on the BBC's election special and their answers were rather revealing. Jowell waffled her way through Dimbleby’s question about whether she has a sense of foreboding, stressing that she wasn’t going to pre-judge anything. Osborne, who seemed even more confident than usual, instantly set this up as a test of Gordon Brown’s premiership, emphasising that it was his first electoral test. Kennedy downplayed Lib Dem’s chances.

The BBC’s key ward projections are suggesting that the Tories have had a god night, the Lib Dems a bad one and Labour a mediocre one. Meanwhile, Sam Coates is saying that Labour are saying that London is too close to call.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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