General Election 2017 *Live Updates*
8th June 2017
It’s been a turbulent few weeks in British politics since Theresa May called the Snap Election. A hotly contested campaigning period has all come down to tonight with Labour, Liberal Democrats, Green Party and UKIP snapping at the heels of the Conservatives. URN will be with you through the night keeping you up to date as the results come in from across the country and our expert panel will be providing their opinions on one of the most intriguing election races in years.
AND WE’RE DONE
We’re signing off now, playing ourselves out with Walking on Sunshine by Katrina Waves. Interesting couple of days ahead, keep up to date with all the latest news from URN
Tories win back Richmond Park
Goldsmith must be feeling smug, Lib Dems bitter after a majority of around 45, took a couple of recounts, Labour spoiled it for Lib Dems
Final thoughts from our panel now, we’ll be signing off soon
Anna Soubry says PM needs to reconsider her position
She says it’s a very bad moment for the Conservative Party, getting her name in the hat maybe?
‘We didn’t shoot ourselves in the foot, we shot ourselves in the head’
Tory MP, Nigel Evans
‘There’s only so much you can achieve through an endorsement from Big Nasty’
Alex on youth engagement in politics, Nick challenges him, arguing young people have been the rescue of the Labour party
Farage worried for Brexit
He says May has put the decision in jeopardy and Farage is alarmed by David Davis making concessions already in a statement from earlier today
30 vote majority in Newcastle-under-Lyme for Labour
Looking like the closest race of the night
Labour gain Crewe & Nantwich from Tories
Emily Thornberry says there could be a Labour government but that there will be no coalitions and no deals
The Shadow Foreign Secretary gives a statement about the Labour Party’s reaction to the hung parliament result
Pound stabilising in hung Parliament result
‘A strong government makes mistakes’
Alex is in favour of a rainbow coalition or a minority government to make sure the government is held to account in a critical time for the UK
‘Scary result for our future’
Foreboding words from Amar here on URN
‘It’s the most British thing ever, we just played out a 0-0 draw’
Local spin doctor in the URN Newsroom
Green hold in Brighton
Neutral’s favourite Caroline Lucas holds Brighton Pavilion and it’s a relief for the Green Party
Panelists contemplate a Labour swing in Brighton from Green
OFFICIALLY HUNG PARLIAMENT
Owen Smith congratulates Jeremy Corbyn
He won his Pontypridd seat comfortably and said this ‘He’s definitely got something. He beat me fair and square and he’s done very well in this election. He’s to be congratulated for that.’
Conservative gain in Dumfries & Galloway
A record high of women MPs elected
192 female MPs elected so far, up 1 from the last election.
If two more seats don’t go the way of the Conservatives, it will be a hung Parliament!
Our best estimates from here inside the URN Newsroom
Both parties sharing over 40% of the vote for the first time since the 1970s
Greens will not enter coalition with Tories
We’re all shocked here in the studio. But someone had to ask. What will Caroline Lucas, former MP of the year, be making of the situation and a possibility of a hung parliament?
Yvette Cooper wins her seat convincingly
May resignation rumours
Reports circulating that May will not resign but will face leadership contest. Amber Rudd and BoJo’s outlook on the situation will be key
Conservative gain in Stoke-on-Trent South
Labour Gain Enfield Southgate
Taken the seat with 24,000 to the Tories’ 20,000
9.7% swing to Labour
Lib Dem Gain in Oxford West & Abingdon
‘As Theresa May looks out the window she might see a little of what we like to call the cold light of day’
Gain for Labour in Keighley
Amber Rudd holds on to her seat in Hastings
The Home Secretary avoids an embarrassing loss amid fears she’d lose her seat with just a majority 346 votes
Seats as it currently stands:
Con: 290 Lab: 246 Lib Dem: 11 SNP: 33 Other: 21
Conservatives HOLD Tewkesbury
Labour Gain Enfield South and Keighley
Conservatives gain Derbyshire NE as well
Labour gain Brighton Kemptown
Gain from Conservatives
Conservatives gain Banff and Buchan
Young people turn out in NME exit poll
From NME: NME‘s exit poll shows that 56% of 18-34s voted in today’s election, with 53% of those aged between 18 and 24 turning out, +12% points on the audience’s turnout of 41% in 2015. 60% of 18–34s said they voted Labour, with two-thirds of those aged 18–24 voting for Jeremy Corbyn’s party.
The poll found that 36% were first time voters, that half of 18–24s went to the polls with a friend or family member and that Brexit was the main deciding factor driving those to vote.
Labour GAIN in Colme Valley
Plymouth Sutton is a Labour GAIN
Broxtowe Constituency is a Tory hold
Tory’s Anna Soubry: 25,983. Labour’s Grey Marshall: 25,120
ALEX SALMOND LOSES SEAT!
Gordon becomes a Conservative gain
Con: 236 Lab: 225 Lib Dem: 10 SNP: 32 Other: 21
Zac Goldsmith asks for recount in Richmond Park as he loses to the Lib Dems
More to follow
Labour gain Reading East
Conservatives gain Mansfield
Sinn Fein gain Fermanagh & South Tyrone
LABOUR GAIN WARRINGTON SOUTH
Seats as it currently stands:
Con: 199 (-11) Lab: 208 (+22) Lib Dem: 9 (+4) UKIP: 0 (-1) SNP: 29 (-14) Other: 20 (+/-0)
Corbyn’s IRA links and whispers of a Tory coalition are the only times when NI gets interested in politics
The disenfranchisement works both ways
LABOUR GAME WEAVER VALE AND WARRINGTON SOUTH
In NI the DUP they are the party that blocked gay marriage rights, I find it contradictory that they try and promote remaining part of the union but are against the tolerant values of British society
Nikki Osborne our special correspondent for Northern Ireland
Seats as it currently stands:
Con: 171 Lab: 187 LD: 8 SNP: 27 Other: 18
PAUL NUTTALL FAILS TO WIN SEAT!
LIB DEMS GAIN EASTBOURNE
DUP gain Belfast South
Take seat from SDLP. SDLP taking huge losses this election
LABOUR GAIN CANTERBURY AND PORTSMOUTH SOUTH
THERESA MAY HOLDS SEAT!
TIM FARRON HOLDS SEAT!
Sinn Fein GAIN from SDLP in South Down
Sinn Fein taking seats from SDLP seems to be a trend tonight
Scores on the doors:
Con: 139 Lab: 154 Lib Dem: 3 SNP: 22 Others: 15
CONSERVATIVES GAIN DAGENHAM AND RAINHAM
Labour gain Bedford!
LABOUR GAIN EAST LOTHIAN AND CARDIFF NORTH
DUP hold Belfast North
SNP in a lose lose situation
Couldn’t gain any more seats and so were set up to lose, tactical voting is apparently rife in Scotland, so you can’t blame the leadership says Alex
Conservatives hold Gainsbrough, Stafordshire Moorlands, Portsmouth North, Worcester, Norfolk North West, Teleford, South Ribble and Lewes
Conservatives GAIN Aberdeen South
SNP hold Glasgow North and Inverness, Nairm, Badenoch and Strathspey
Labour holds: Liverpool Walton, Easington, Gedling, Cambridge, Leicester South, Manchester Central, Luton South, Ealing Southall, Birmingham Ladywood, Sheffield Central, Leeds East, Easington, Islington North, Swansea East, Redcar, Hackney South & Shoreditch
The results are flying in!
LIB DEMS GAIN BATH
South Holland & The Deepings stay for Conservatives, as do Scarborough and Whitby, Chingford and Woodford Green, Epsom and Ewell, Meriden, Kenilworth and Southam, Cleethorpes, Ashford, The Wrekin, Salisbury, Dorset West, Chesham and Amersham (gain) Copeland, Clwyd West, Norwich North, Ribble Valley, Bosworth, Maldon, Wimbledon, Beaconsfield, gain for Clacton and The Cotswold
DUP gain Belfast South
Big gains for the DUP so far
CONSERVATIVES GAIN COPELAND
SNP hold Dunfermline and Fife West
LABOUR GAIN GLASGOW NORTH EAST
Their third seat in Scotland (as it stands)
‘It’s anybody’s guess’
SNP hold Glasgow Central and East
Seats as it stands:
Lab: 125 Con: 126 Lib Dem: 2 SNP: 15 Other: 13
LIB DEMS GAIN TWICKENHAM
‘Higher ups in the party say no coalition’
So vehemently opposed on the key issue of Brexit means coalition is not viable- Cox
String of Labour holds
Luton North, Doncaster North, Coventry North West, Nottingham East and Birmingham Yardley and Edgbaston all remain in Labour hands
LABOUR GAIN PETERBOROUGH
‘Clegg tainted by tuition fees’
Cox believes student vote was Clegg’s downfall in his constituency and it is a shame to lose a politician of Clegg’s stature
‘Although the forecast looks good, it’s hard to stay positive’
We’re on the phone with James Cox, Lib Dem candidate for North Warwickshire
Labour gains in Stroud and Bristol North West
DUP hold in North Antrim, Belfast East, and East Antrim
Norfolk Mid, Cities of London and Westminster also hold for Tories
Boris holds on to seat
Amid calls of Theresa May to resign, the favourite to be the next leader of the Conservative Party holds on to his seat. No surprises there
Labour gain Sheffield Hallam and Gower!
Labour continue to gain the numbers and increase their current lead over the Conservatives
Turnout figures released for Northern Ireland:
All above 60% and up across the board. South Tyrone is the constituency with the highest turnout at 76%.
Conservative hold on to Guildford, Tunbridge Wells, St Albans, Thurrock, Stevenage East, Surrey Heath, Suffolk West, Watford, Wokingham, Granthom and Stafford, Romford, Colchester, Somerton and Frome, Wealdon, Walsall North
CLEGG LOSES BY UNDER 2,000 VOTES
NICK CLEGG LOSES SEAT!
Nick Clegg has offically lost his seat to Labour!
LIB DEM GAIN IN DUNBARTONSHIRE EAST
LABOUR GAIN HIGH PEAK
Labour: 90 Con: 70 SNP: 13 Other: 10
Labour gain Ipswich from Tories
Conservatives hold Southend West, Sutton Coldfield, Blackpool North and Cleveleys, Colchester, Solihull, Harwich and Essex North, Monmouth, Bedfordshire South West, Eastleigh, Bromsgrove, Aberconwy and Newbury
Sinn Fein gain Foyle
Result comes after the recount. SDLP have held this seat for 34 years
NOTTINGHAM SOUTH LABOUR HOLD
Labour holds in: Wolverhampton South West, Rochdale, Ynys Mon, Bolton North East, Durham North, Sheffield Heeley, Bridgend, Westminster North, Neath, Bury South, Cynon Valley
RECOUNT IN TIM FARRON’S CONSTITUENCY, REPORTS FEWER THAN 400 VOTES BETWEEN 1ST AND 2ND PLACED CANDIDATES
SNP hold Falkirk and Aberdeen North
DUP gain in South Antrim
DUP gain seat from UUP giving them their 4th seat so far
Wyre Forest, Huntingdon, Moray, Amber Valley, Pendale, Rochdale and Southend East, Christchurch, Worcestershire Mid, Aldershot, Montgomeryshire, Southport, Cambridgeshire South all go for the Tories.
They make gains in Moray and Southport and hold the rest
SNP hold Ayrshire North & Arran
ANGUS ROBERTSON LOSES SEAT
Leader of the SNP in Westminster suffers shock loss
String of Labour holds: Blackburn, Rhondda, Wolverhampton & South East, Bootle, Great Grimsby and Barnsley Central
Sinn Fein hold West Belfast
Sinn Fein have confirmed they will still refuse to take their seats in Westminster
UKIP suffer a 11% vote decrease nationally so far
Labour up 8.96% Tories up 6.97%
Labour hold Wirral West, Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough, Garston & Halewood
Conservatives hold Surrey East, Wycombe, Vale of Glamorgan, Ochil and Perthshire South, Hertfordshire North East, Moray, Tamworth and Runnymede and Weybridge
SNP hold Western Isles and Falkirk
Ken Clarke remains the longest serving member MP after holding his seat
Reports of a Lib Dem loss in Leeds North East
More to come
As it stands:
Labour: 57 Tory: 36 SNP: 8 Other: 8
Labour hold Rochdale, Newport West, Bridgend and Blaydon
LABOUR GAIN BURY NORTH
Conservatives hold Sevenoaks, Rugby and Burton
DUP hold Londonderry East
Another win for DUP in NI
Conservatives hold Bedfordshire Mid and Hemel Hempstead!
Results do seem to be following the exit poll predictions
With the scores at Labour 53, Conservatives 32, it could be easy for The Reds to get carried away. But it’s important to remember that it’s an election of two halves.
String of Labour holds: Wolverhampton North East, Stockton South, Battersea, Gateshead, St Helens South & Whiston, Caerphilly, Preston, Wirral West, Pontypridd and Ealing Central
SNP hold East Kilbride and Paisley North
Conservatives hold three seats
Torbay, Cannock Chase and Bracknell all holds for the Conservatives
First recount in Northern Ireland in Foyle constituency
SDLP candidate asks for recount after only 160 votes between SDLP and Sinn Fein candidates
LABOUR GAIN STOCKTON SOUTH
SNP hold Dundee West
Plaid hold Arfon
Sky believes Paul Nuttall at risk of coming 3rd.
Also potential recounts of Amber Rudd’s and Anne Soubrey’s seats
Fareham a Conservative Hold
Labour hold Liverpool Riverside
Plaid are in the game, holding their Carmarthen East and Dinefwr seat
Labour gain Stockton South
String of Labour holds: Sefton Central, Wolverhampton North East, Hartlepool, Oxford East, Islwyn, Torfaen, St Helens North
The return of the two party politics
Lewis believes Labour’s early renaissance in the results means the country returns to two party politics to the dismay of Lib Dems, UKIP and Green voters
RUMOURS OF TIM FARROW TO LOSE SEAT!
Rumours coming in of Lib Dem leader to lose his seat
Dundee East held by SNP
Golder’s green: unconfirmed report of Labour hold meaning Jewish voters reconnect with Labour Party despite reports of antisemitism within the party
Local politics triumphs over internet politics
Tory decision to go for an American candidate backfires in opposition to Rupa Huq’s 30 years of residency
Barnsley East Labour win
Labour hold the seat by 25,000 votes
Oxford East Labour Hold
Corbyn has rejected the idea of the ‘cult of the personality’ and it’s worked for him
Whether it’s a clever ploy to reject the idea of the traditional leader, Corbyn’s soft spoken brand of politics has clearly resonated with voters
Newport East a Labour Hold
Conservatives hold Yeovil and Folkestone & Hythe
Labour hold Newport East
STRING OF CONSERVATIVES HOLDS
Warwickshire North, Havant, Norfolk South, Angus and Castle Point all remain in Conservative hands
Conservatives hold Castle Point
Labour hold Wallasey
Labour hold Tynemouth
Unsurprising win for Labour in this North East constituency. Big gains for labour also.
Burnley Labour Hold
6,000 vote win keep Labour in the seat
Conservatives hold Norfolk South
Strafford-on-Avon a Conservative Hold
Hertsmere Conservative hold
Update to come
Labour hold Warley
Julie Cooper holds with 18,832
Labour hold Clwyd South
Big gain for Tories but not nearly enough to get the majority
Dunbartonshire West SNP Hold
LABOUR GAIN VALE OF CLWYD
Chris Ruane gains with 19,423 votes, an increase of 11.9%
Conservatives hold Putney!
Dover Conservative Hold!
Conservatives hold Rayleigh & Wickford
Equal gains again for both Labour and Conservative
Labour hold Knowsley
George Howarth takes with 47,351 votes
LABOUR HOLD EALING CENTRAL AND ACTON
Rupa Huq holds the seat which was an extremely close and a Tory target, but she holds firm after a Lib Dem endorsement and the Greens dropping out
NICK CLEGG HAS LOST HIS SEAT!
Senior sources tell Sky that former Deputy PM has lost his seat
Conservatives able to hold Harlow!
Conservative win by 7,000 votes
Tom Watson holds seat and betting odds update
Tom Watson decries negative Tory campaigning, says British public has delivered their verdict. Corbyn is now bookie’s favourite to become next PM
SNP HOLD PAISLEY AND RENFREWSHIRE
Mhairi Black holds Paisley with 16,964 votes, narrowly defeating Labour
Kilmarnock and Loudoun SNP hold!
Chelmsford Conservative Hold!
Conservatives hold Chelmsford
West Bromwich East is a Labour hold
UKIP drop over 20%. Big gains for Tories and Labour.
DUP hold Strangford
Another big gain and big majority for the DUP. Possibly sign of a big unionist turnout in response to poor unionist results in Northern Irish Assembly elections in March.
DUP hold Lagan Valley
Second seat announced for Northern Ireland. Huge gain for DUP and huge majority.
CAUTIOUS STATEMENT FROM JEREMY CORBYN
Corbyn thanks supporters for believing in Labour and their manifesto but no comment on the surprise exit poll
Labour hold Halton, Bradford West, Islwin!
Our live panelists on the increased turnout:
“This is a win for democracy”- Alissandra
Labour get Tooting
34,000 votes for Labour
Carlisle holds for the Tories
With a majority of 2,599
Wigan held by Labour
Labour retain hold over Wigan, regaining seats numbers from UKIP
Four Labour Holds!
Halton, Leigh, Stockton North and Birkenhead all Labour victories with confortable majorities
Independent holds Down North
Huge gain for the DUP but not enough to take the majority. First seat announced for Northern Ireland.
Labour have gained Rutherglen & Hamilton West from SNP
Labour claw one back, calls from the URN Newsroom that Tories won’t be able to form a government. VERY CLOSE MAJRITY OF 265
Conservative hold in Harrogate & Knaresborough!
Big majority for Tories but huge gains for Labour
Labour hold Wrexham
Only by 2,000 votes, tight race
Labour hold Llanelli!
Big gains for both Labour and Conservative
Swindon South Conservative Hold!
Narrow win for Conservatives 24,000 to Labour 22,000
Labour hold Jarrow!
Big Labour gains and big majority
‘SCOTLAND IS LOOKING MEATY’
Fil thinks that the Scottish battleground could produce seats for the Tories.
Conservative hold Basildon South!
Big gains and big majority for Conservatives. Considerable gains from Labour also.
NICK CLEGG TO LOSE SEAT?!
Increased reports that the former deputy Prime Minister could be about to lose his seat to Labour
SENIOR LABOUR OFFICIALS CALL FOR THERESA MAY TO RESIGN
Emily Thornberry the shadow foreign secretary says May should resign if she loses her overall majority.
Labour hold Darlington!
Only 3,000 votes in it between Labour and Conservatives. Big losses for UKIP equal gains for both Labour and Conservatives.
REVENGE OF THE REMAINERS
The Europhiles strike back after the Brexit vote to try and wrest control of their country
SOUTH SHIELDS HOLD FOR LABOUR!
25,000 in favour of Labour with Conservatives at 10,000
Labour lead 8-5 over the Tories. All the plastic Labour supporters are coming out now wherewereyouwhenwewereshit?
SEVERAL COUNCILS REPORTING INCREASED TURNOUT
Roughly a 5% increase in turnout in this election
LABOUR HOLD WORKINGTON
Sue Hayman holds with 21,317 votes, an increase 8.8% in vote shares
Labour hold Middlesbrough!
23,404 votes for Labour. In keeping with tonight’s trend of big losses for UKIP but big gains for Conservatives in Labour strongholds.
UNCONFIRMED REPORTS OF JANE ELLISON LOSING HER SEAT OF BATTERSEA
Tory loss for the Financial secretary to the Treasury
BROXBOURNE HOLD FOR TORIES
10% increase in vote for Labour, 6% for Tories, 2.2 swing to Labour
BASILDON AND BILLERICAY CONSERVATIVE HOLD
27,381 votes see the Conservatives retain the seat
Liam Fox says Theresa May was right to call the election
He’s live on BBC making the case
From our live panellists:
“You look on your Facebook now and everyone’s turned into Laura Kuenssberg”- Fil giving his opinion on social media during the election
Labour confident of making gains in Wales
BBC Laura Kuenssberg reports (not for us, for BBC)
Conservatives hold Nuneaton!
4,000 votes in it between Conservative and Labour. Big losses for UKIP, equal gains for Con and Lab.
MOOCH OPTIMISTIC FOR A SOFT LABOUR VICTORY THEN
Fil Sys reluctantly gives the statement
MHAIRI BLACK NECK AND NECK IN HER CONSTITUENCY!
More news to follow
Conservative hold Kettering!
Tories Just under 30,000 votes.
10% increase for Labour in this constituency, gaining from big UKIP loss.
HASTINGS AND RYE TO GO TO LABOUR!
Increased reports coming in that Amber Rudd WILL lose be losing her seats
AMBER RUDD TO LOSE SEAT!
The Independent are predicting a Conservative majority however the BBC are reporting the Home Security could be about to lose her seat so mixed reports still coming in!
LIB DEMS STILL REFUSE ANY CALLS FOR COALITION
Fresh statement from the Lib Dem press office in line with their statements from the beginning of the campaign.
Labour take a 6-1 lead after winning Newcastle North. If it carries on this way we could have a cricket score on our hands…
Labour hold Newcastle North!
Lab: 26,729 Con: 16,380 LD: 2,533 UKIP: 1,780 Green: 513
Another big gain for Conservatives in a Labour stronghold.
Labour hold Washington & Sunderland West!
Another seat held for Labour. 60.4% Turnout.
Lab: 24,639 Con: 11,699 UKIP: 2,761 Lib Dem: 961 Green: 514
Conservatives up 10% from 2015, a growing trend so far of making gains in Labour strong-holds.
BACK TO LIVE DISCUSSION
We discuss all the latest election stats live on urn1350.net
LABOUR HOLD NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE EAST
28,000 votes for Nick Brown wins the seat they were expected to, Labour holds the North East
Increase in Student Vote
Rumors of an increase in student voting in the Newcastle North seat from 67-73%
CONSERVATIVES WIN SWINDON NORTH! CONSERVATIVE HOLD!
Conservatives gain their first seat of the night with roughly 30,000 votes enabling them to hold the seat.
Emily Thornberry calls for Theresa May to resign
The Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry has said that Theresa May should resign if the exit poll is right. Already there is talk about how there have been increases in youth voter turnout. We are about to discuss more about the exit polls and the election LIVE at 12am!
We’ve had a text in from Sam saying he’s a big fan of the football analogies. Thanks Sam! Remember if you want to get involved in the discussion, tweet us @URN1350
LABOUR WIN IN SUNDERLAND CENTRAL
25,000 vote for Labour, 5,000 increase from the last election, 15,000 for Tories a good showing from them possibly gaining from the UKIP vote. Turnout seems up across the board. 3-0 to Labour says our local Labour spin doctor
SUNDERLAND CENTRAL TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
Rumours of a Labour hold
Latest odds to replace Theresa May
Boris Johnson now 2/1 to replace Theresa May as Tory leader. Philip Hammond (7/1), Sajid Javid (12/1) and Michael Gove (14/1)
We’ll be back soon with live panel discussions about these recent stats, stay tuned on urn1350.net
SNP to suffer heavier losses than expected
Sky, ITV and BBC are suggesting that the SNP will lose seats in the exit polls, only winning 34 seats, down from 56 in the last election.
Jeremy Corbyn is trending
Jeremy Corbyn is trending big right now. He’s currently the number one trending topic in Google, Facebook and Twitter. A former party leader though, Nick Clegg, looks in trouble. His seat of Sheffield Hallam is too close to call. It’s going to be close.
The Brexit Effect on Students
Unsurprisingly, the Lib Dems here in UoN disagree on the topic of Brexit with the Conservatives. The Conservatives are more optimistic about the Brexit process but UoN’s Labour are extremely disappointed with the Conservatives not guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens.
Meanwhile at his allotment, Jeremy checks his watch and wildly gesticulates towards the fourth official as Labour supporters demand the ref blow for Full-Time.
SHOULD TUITION FEES RISE?
The leaders of the students parties engage in a heated debate over whether or not tuition fees go up. Conservatives argue the rise in fees is in line with general cost of living rise but the Lib Dems, Labour and Greens all argue the government must show greater public funding to prevent the numbers of those attending university decreasing as they have done over the last 2 years.
SUNDERLAND HOLD FOR LABOUR
24,000 votes for Labour, 12,000 for Tories, Conservatives performing better in Newcastle and Sunderland than expected but still not gaining the seats they were unlikely to win. This means the ‘Shy Tory’ vote could still be strong and the fact that the Conservatives are performing better than the exit polls expected meaning they could see gains in marginal seats.
Now that Labour have taken the lead by winning Newcastle and Sunderland, they’ll surely be parking the bus for the rest of the election
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE CALLED FOR LABOUR
Turnout up 10% from last election, 24,000 votes for Labour, 9,000 for Tories while UKIP suffered a 15% drop going down to 1,000
Delay in the Sunderland vote count
Turnout is 5% higher, causing the delay in what is normally the first constituency to be called but are about to be pipped to the post by Newcastle Central
Newcastle Central Constituency to be called soon as well
Sky news reports, ITV reports rumours of Labour holding the constituency, we’ll give you it when we hear it, Sunderland up next
Sunderland constituency to be called in the next 10 minutes
The BBC are saying to expect a result from the Sunderland constituency imminently
‘The men are attacked nowhere near as much as Diane Abbott is, and I strongly suspect that it is because she is black woman’
Labour Society’s Mikey Millar on the attacks on Diane Abbott after her media gaffes.
‘Theresa May might have had bad advice, but at least her party supports her, whilst Corbyn has 75% of his MPs against him.’
Conservative party leader goes on the offensive with the PM coming under fire for her poor campaign. The Lib Dems highlight how she only became PM though David Cameron losing the Brexit vote and Corbyn has strong grassroots support.
‘Hope is on the ballet paper.’
The leaders of the University of Nottingham’s student parties outline what their parties are offering whilst the also criticising their opposition in their opening address. The Labour party claim Jeremy Corbyn offers an alternative to those students who have had enough of ‘stock-standard politicians’.
We’re now going to our student debate in which members from all the student parties here at the University of Nottingham answered questions pitched to them. Don’t forget to keep messaging in your thoughts and questions.
‘I’d back Boris Johnson as next leader’
Calls from some of our panelists for Theresa May to resign if she fails to get a majority in favour of Boris Johnson to take her place!
The pound has dropped 1.5% Markets predicted not to react well given current result
Chants of ‘oooh Jeremy Corbyn’ erupt around the URN Newsroom
MISLEADING COUNCIL ELECTIONS?
Assumptions from council elections earlier this year was that the Conservatives would get the majority. The exit poll implies that perhaps Theresa May was poorly advised on her approach for campaigning. Her lack of appearances on debates, coupled with Corbyn’s late surge in support might have tipped the balance towards hung parliament but not an outright majority
2015, exit polls underestimated Conservative seats by 22 constituencies due to ‘shy Tories’. They were however correct in 2010 and 2005. Exit polls must always be treated with a pinch of salt.
‘What type of coalition could we get?’
With the Lib Dems ruling out all coalitions, we could be looking at a loose alliance of Labour, SNP and others against the Conservatives who are 11 off outright majority according to the exit poll
‘We need to wait until 4am to see if this is correct’
Despite exit polls often regarded as the best indicator of an election result, they are prone to inaccuracies so stay tuned to throughout the night as we bring you all the latest news, constituency by constituency.
LABOUR TO GAIN 34 AND CONSERVATIVES TO LOSE 17 IF EXIT POLL CORRECT
It’s a draw? Does that mean it goes to extra-time and penalties?
(I’ll be bringing you more underwhelming football analogies throughout the night)
EXIT POLL PREDICTS HUNG PARLIAMENT
According to the latest exit poll, we will have a hung parliament.
Lib Dems- 14
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We’ll be blogging throughout the night, keeping you updated on which constituencies have been called and giving you our analysis on all the latest election news.
22:00-22:30- Introduction and Exit poll discussion.
22:30-00:00- URN Question Time with the political societies (Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems and Greens).
00:00-01:00- GE Discussion.
01:00-03:00- Hustings with candidates for Nottingham South and interview with Lillian Greenwood.
03:00-05:00- Main results called and discussion.
05:00-07:30- We’re hopeful we can call a winner!
07:30-09:00- Extra Extra- our comedic take on this year’s general election.