The Perrottet government could still face a shock loss in the once blue-ribbon seat of Willoughby as the swing away from the Liberal candidate increased to almost 20 per cent as vote counting continues.

Counting of postal votes has still not started, however prepoll votes tallied on Monday show Gladys Berejiklian’s former seat is now under threat from independent candidate Larissa Penn.

Ms Penn has increased the swing against the government, and Liberal candidate Tim James, to 19.2 per cent after she picked up more than 32. 2 per cent of the first preferences.

Ms Penn campaigned against the controversial proposed northern beaches tunnels. She ran on the same issue at the 2019 state election and polled 9.9 per cent of the vote.

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