General election targets drawn up by Lib Dems as they plot to seize 70 seats from Tories

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The Lib Dems, who elected their first female leader in July, have launched a drive to schmooze former Tory and Labour donors as they ready themselves for the next public poll. Tory former cabinet ministers have warned Boris Johnson’s entry into No 10 and his pro-hard Brexit stance could push many traditional Conservative voters towards voting for Jo Swinson’s party.

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One ex-minister said if the Prime Minister crashed the UK out of the EU it would alienate many of the party’s loyal voters and would play into the hands of the Lib Dems.

The source told the Guardian: “The route the PM and Dominic Cummings have taken is really blind to the fact tat you’ve opened up this yawning chasm in the centre of politics.

“The Lib Dems have always been at their best in a crisis.”

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Mr Cummings, one of the chief architects of the successful Leave campaign during the June 2016 EU referendum, has been labelled a genius.

Mr Johnson appointed Mr Cummings as senior advisor, prompting speculation he was preparing for a general election.

According to the Guardian, the Lib Dems have spent the summer months conducting research into how best to approach the next election, after this year saw them reach their highest poll ratings since 2010.

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General election targets drawn up by Lib Dems as they plot to seize 70 seats from Tories

THE Liberal Democrats are plotting to seize up to 70 mostly-Conservative seats in the next general election, including the one held by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, as they try to use the Brexit crisis to poach voters away from the ruling party.

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