It said that Prime Minister Gordon Brown would lead Labour into such a 'crushing election bloodbath' that it could take his party a decade to recover. Eight cabinet ministers, including the Home Secretary and the Justice Secretary, would be swept away in the rout as the Tories marched into Downing Street with a majority of 146, The Guardian quoted the poll findings as saying.
It found that the sheer scale of the humiliation was almost as bad as that endured by the Tories in 1997, suggesting it could take Labour a similar time to claw its way back to power. "The party would be virtually extinguished in southern England and left with only its hardcore redoubts in northern England, the Welsh valleys and deprived inner-city areas," one of the poll findings said.
The stark findings from the survey of almost 35,000 voters across 238 seats, published on the PoliticsHome website, are likely to fuel the stalled insurrection against Brown. A third of potential Labour voters in marginal seats would be more likely to back the party if he were replaced.