JEREMY HUNT PREDICTS HE WILL WIN OR LOSE HIS SEAT BY JUST 1,500 VOTES

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has predicted he will win or lose his House of Commons seat by fewer than 1,500 votes.

If he loses in Godalming and Ash on July 4, he could become the first chancellor in history to be ousted at a general election.

It would surpass the infamous 'Portillo moment' when then-cabinet minister Michael Portillo suffered a shock defeat in 1997 amid a Labour landslide.

Mr Hunt insisted 'there's all to play for,' but admitted to Bloomberg: 'This seat is probably going to be won or lost by the Conservatives by 1,500 votes or fewer.'

Polls predict Mr Hunt will be ousted by the Liberal Democrats, with the party's leader, Sir Ed Davey, saying he is confident his party can win Mr Hunt's seat. 

Speaking at a visit to a school in Surrey, Mr Davey said: 'Lifelong Conservatives [are] switching to the Liberal Democrats.'

An MRP poll by YouGov puts the Lib Dems on 46 per cent in the seat and the Tories on 31 per cent.

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