Voting day has finally arrived in the UK. We will be giving you the latest updates and results on the constituency seats throughout the night and into the early hours of tomorrow morning as soon as the polls close tonight at 10pm. Look at our Election 17 page for all our articles running up to the election.
Editor: Chloe Desave
Commentary: Drew Miller Hyndman, Danny Williams, Ben Rawlings
Social media: Charlie Callear
Drew: Check out our comparison between the last election and what the polls are saying this time round. https://magic.piktochart.com/embed/22961743-poll-comparison
Chloe: It’s less than half an hour until election polls close across the country. Next up we will be looking at the exit polls from BBC, ITV and Sky News.
Chloe: And polling has now finished. Now let’s look at the exit polls.
EXIT POLL RESULTS:
Liberal Democrats 14
Plaid Cymru 3
COMMENTARY Drew: In terms of what parties gained and what parties lost seats in 2015, the exit poll correctly predicted that.
I’m here in Portsmouth where ballot boxes are just arriving. Results not expected until 5 am so nothing to report. Labour and Lib Dem activists are excited by the exit poll, clapping erupted as it was announced.
Journalists are shocked by the exit poll results
— Cathy Newman (@cathynewman) June 8, 2017
— Tara Mulholland (@tara_mulholland) June 8, 2017
If that result is right, May's high risk gamble has gone badly wrong, and she is diminished – but early days and lots of margin of error
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) June 8, 2017
First commentary post from our political pundit Danny: Keep an eye on the first results. The experts expect a swing from LAB to CON in the north. If there is no swing, maybe the exit poll may be more accurate than 2015.
Our first bit of commentary from Ben: While the Conservatives may be the largest party, according to the exit poll, they are unlikely to be the party in power.
The coalition of 2010 showed what a team with the Tories can do to a party. All the parties, baring UKIP, are miles apart from Conservative policies surrounding Europe, Welfare, education, health; pretty much everything. The only hope is the Northern Irish parties, who cannot supply the support needed for a majority government.
Worse still, the progressive alliance cannot provide a majority either. Adding the votes for Labour, Greens, Plaid Cymru and the SNP only add to 318; still eight short from a majority. This could leave the UK in a dire state without a government heading into the most important negotiations in our history.
A bit of humour over a hung parliament
— Jack Parsons (@jckprsns) June 8, 2017
Turns out a Hung Parliament does Not Actually mean everyone in Parliament gets Hanged.
Frankly Livid about this.
— Jon Pigeon (@PigeonJon) June 8, 2017
so if there is a hung parliament can we get to we settle it in a dance off?
— Denise Rawls (@Denise_Rawls) June 8, 2017
Deputy Leader of the Lib Den group of Portsmouth City Council says Portsmouth South could go Lib Dem, Labour, or Conservative. The polls don’t put the Lib Dems too close, with Conservatives just pipping the Labour candidate.
Newcastle upon Tyne Central: 67% turnout
LAB holds seat
Houghton and Sunderland South: LAB holds seat
LIB DEMS 908
Reporting a 3.5% swing in favour of the Conservatives in Sunderland.
Danny’s commentary: Conservatives have done better than expected, Labour have done worse. This could mean yet another exit poll in which Labour support has been over represented in an exit poll. Could this mean a Tory majority?
LIB DEMS say no to coalition and deals in a tweet from their press office.
We are getting a lot of calls so just to be clear: No Coalition. No deals.
— Lib Dem Press Office (@LibDemPress) June 8, 2017
Bit of quiet time for the moment, a bulk of results expected in about 30 minutes.
Sunderland Central LAB holds seat
LIB DEMS 1, 777
Newcastle East: LAB holds
LIB DEMS 2,574
Swindon North CON take seat
LIB DEMS 1,962
Swindon North CON take seat
LIB DEMS 1,962
However there was a 10% swing to labour
LAB hold Sunderland West with 24,639 votes.
It’s only rumours but it seems no London seat is safe for the Conservatives, I’m seeing claims from Labour that they are confident of gaining Battersea (52% Tory in 2015) and Kensington has been touted as a potential loss (52% Tory in 2015 as well)!
Lab gain in Kensington & Chelsea now expected, source on ground says.
That's KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA, people.
If only Portillo was still MP.
— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) June 8, 2017
CON holds Kettering with 28,616 votes.
CON hold Broxbourne with 29,515
CON hold in Nuneaton with 23,755. Labour has a slight swing in this seat.
Basildon and Billericay CON hold 27, 381
Darlington LAB gain with 22,681 votes
Middlesborough LAB hold 23,404 votes
Workington LAB hold 21,317 votes
Danny Williams on Labour’s hold on Darlington: A big hit to the Conservative party, they expected to win the seat and this may suggest a difficult night to come for the Prime Minister.
Commentary: That Darlington seat was a major Tory target, a real blow there.
Here in Portsmouth we are seeing a 64% turnout for Portsmouth South. Up from 58.5%
Swindon South CON gain with 24, 809 votes. It was a close call with LAB achieving just over 22,000.
Welsh LAB hold Wrexham with 17,153 votes
Commentary: It appear that whilst the Conservatives are still taking most of the UKIP vote, Labour have managed to gather up most of the increased turnout for themselves.
LAB hold Llanelli
and Stockton North
LABOUR GAIN from SNP: Rutherglen and Hamilton West.
LAB takes Tooting with 34, 694 votes
Danny talks about the Sheffield Hallam seat which is still to be announced: In 2015 Labour campaigned extensively in Sheffield Hallam to unseat the then Deputy Prime Minister. If it goes to Labour tonight, its not only a devastating loss for the Lib Dems, but an indicator of how important the youth vote is in this election.
Commentary: Going to be a mixed bag for the Liberal Democrats, tactical voting coming into play. I am imagining losses in Hallam, potentially Richmond, but matched with gains in Scotland.
Leigh, Wigan, Makerfield, Tooting, Birkenhead, Halton and West Bromich East
DUP hold Lagan Valley with 26,762 votes
SNP hold Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Commentary: Word of a recount here in Portsmouth, same with Hastings and Rye.
Vale of Clwyd
LAB GAIN with 19, 423 votes
Huge Youth turnout growth: https://twitter.com/StanCollymore/status/872964256496484352
CON hold Putney, Rayleigh and Pickford, Chelmsford and Harlow
Commentary: This is surely the end for UKIP? They are being swallowed up by Labour and the Tories, don’t think I have seen them hold a deposit yet!
Commentary: Portsmouth South could be a real test of Labour in the South, a gain here for the first time ever would be huge!
CON hold Castle Point, Havant, Norfolk South, Hertsmere
and they also gain Angus from SNP
Stockton South is a Labour Gain
SNP HOLD Dundee East and Dunbartonshire West
LAB gain Battersea with 25, 292 votes.
We expect to get a result for Bournemouth West and East at 3am.
Nigel Farage said he’s ready to get back into politics. Not everyone’s happy with his appearance on the BBC…
Can the BBC stop giving Nigel Farage airtime? He is not and never will be an MP pic.twitter.com/vT1Pz1IDnt
— Maya Goodfellow (@MayaGoodfellow) June 9, 2017
Despite every shock to date, the biggest question of the night is *still* how Nigel Farage keeps getting into every TV studio. #ge2017
— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) June 9, 2017
The party he no longer leads is being wiped out in an election he had nothing to do with. And yet, here's Nigel Farage on the BBC.
— Jake Kanter (@Jake_Kanter) June 9, 2017
Danny Williams commentary: The Conservatives are apparently accepting the rough outline of the exit poll. It is still too early to call, but my suggestion is to trust the exit poll; the swing to Labour is obviously true, but I expect more Labour gains than predicted. What a night for Jeremy Corbyn.
LAB GAIN Bury North from CON
Sinn Fein hold Belfast West with 27, 107 votes
CON GAIN Moray from SNP. The Deputy Leader of the SNP loses his seat in Moray.
Commentary: The Lib Dems will face some hard choices after this election, ESPECIALLY if Farron and Clegg both lose out.
LAB GAIN Sheffield Hallam taking it from Nick Clegg’s grasp. Clegg loses his seat after many years in the Sheffield Hallam constituency.
Nick Clegg speaks after losing his seat. He said it’s been a “great privilege” to represent Sheffield Hallam.
LIB DEMS GAIN Twickenham from Conservatives, minutes after Nick Clegg loses his seat.
A HUGE gain for LAB as they take Ipswich from Conservatives
LABOUR party leader Jeremy Corbyn holds his Islington North seat
CON regain Clacton after losing to UKIP in 2015.
CON holds Bournemouth West by 7000 votes.
CON Theresa May holds her seat in Maidenhead
LIB DEM leader Tim Farron holds seat in Westmorland
Paul Nuttall loses seat in Boston and Skegness
LIB DEM gain Kingston seat from Conservatives.
Everyone’s upped their outfit game this year..
— Slade (@JakeSlade_) June 9, 2017
— ella griffith (@ellagriffith) June 8, 2017
Just ran out of the press room in Islington after hearing a massive cheer. It's not Corbyn, but the Monster Raving Loony Party pic.twitter.com/epgLTjhYUh
— Arj Singh (@singharj) June 8, 2017
Danny Williams THE RACE TO 200 SEATS: Fully expecting the Conservatives as the largest party, however, when will they overtake Labour? A good indicator of how close this vote may be.
CON loses Canterbury to LABOUR after 99 years in the seat.
Danny’s commentary: The SDLP have been wiped out in Northern Ireland. A big blow to their allies in the Labour party who would have expected their support in the House. While Sinn Fein have never taken their seats in the UK parliament, could we see a change?
The results are getting close now with Labour at 219 and Conservatives following closely behind at 215 seats.
CON gain Aberdeen South from SNP with 18, 746 votes.
LAB gains East Lothian from SNP
We are still waiting on hastings…
Recount for Amber Rudd. New Battle of Hastings.
— Kate Bevan (@katebevan) June 9, 2017
SNP’s Alex Salmond loses his Gordon seat to the conservatives
Labour gains Croydon Central from the conservatives.
LAB also gain Plymouth Sutton seat
Danny Williams: Ruth Davidson is visibly delighted with the result in Scotland. The Scottish Conservatives have harnessed the unionist votes in Scotland. A bad night for the SNP, but a good night so far for the UK parties. In other news, Theresa May has returned to Conservative HQ; a sign of Tory tradition, or an early indication of resignation? Time will only tell.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd holds Hastings and Rye.
So far there has been a record high number of women being elected as MPs. There is now 192 that have been elected.
Danny Williams CALLS FOR MAY TO RESIGN: It started with Jeremy Corbyn, and now, according to BBC political editor, Laura Kuennsberg, there are calls for the Prime Minister to quit as Tory leader. I think it is obvious that Theresa Mays gamble has went wrong and she will pay for it. Boris Johnson is looking good, according to bookmakers, as the next Conservative leader; as a country we expected a Tory return, but with a new PM? I don’t think anybody called that.
LIB DEMS gain Caithness and Sutherland from SNP
Danny Williams: The Corbynsceptics within the Labour party have been surprised at this result. Labour are doing much better than expected – I expect some humble pie being served to a vast group within the PLP
CON gain Stoke on Trent seat
Lib Dems barely miss out in North East Fife and Richmond Park to the SNP and Cons respectively
The UK election ends this morning in a hung parliament.
Good afternoon. After the result of a hung parliament, Conservative leader Theresa May may seek to obtain a minority parliament with DUP. May is to speak outside 10 Downing Street later on today.
We are now signing off but the coverage does not end there. Look out for our summary of this morning’s results and some analysis on these results and what this means for the UK and its government.