NERVE GENERAL ELECTION COVERAGE 2017

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
Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 8 June 20178:59pm

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 Desave Chloe Desave 8 June 20179:40pm

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 Desave Chloe Desave 8 June 201710:01pm

Chloe: And polling has now finished. Now let’s look at the exit polls.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 8 June 201710:06pm

EXIT POLL RESULTS:

Conservative 314

Labour 266

SNP 34

Liberal Democrats 14

Plaid Cymru 3

Green 1

UKIP 0

Other 18

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 8 June 201710:12pm

COMMENTARY Drew: In terms of what parties gained and what parties lost seats in 2015, the exit poll correctly predicted that.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 8 June 201710:17pm

Journalists are shocked by the exit poll results

Drew Miller Hyndman Drew Miller Hyndman 8 June 201710:22pm

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.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 8 June 201710:24pm

Journalists are shocked by the exit poll results

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 8 June 201710:26pm

The first Bournemouth ballot boxes are arriving. Counting is taking place at the Littledown Centre this evening.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 8 June 201710:29pm

Our neighbouring town borough Christchurch is also seeing the arrival of their ballot boxes.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 8 June 201710:31pm

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.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 8 June 201710:41pm

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.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 8 June 201710:44pm

A bit of humour over a hung parliament

Drew Miller Hyndman Drew Miller Hyndman 8 June 201710:46pm

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.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 8 June 201711:04pm

Newcastle upon Tyne Central: 67% turnout

LAB holds seat

LIB 1,812

CON 9,134

UKIP 1,482

LAB 24,071

GREEN 595

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 8 June 201711:12pm

Houghton and Sunderland South: LAB holds seat

CON 12,324

LAB 24,665

LIB DEMS 908

UKIP 2,379

GREEN 725

Drew Miller Hyndman Drew Miller Hyndman 8 June 201711:13pm

Reporting a 3.5% swing in favour of the Conservatives in Sunderland.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 8 June 201711:15pm

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?

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 8 June 201711:21pm

LIB DEMS say no to coalition and deals in a tweet from their press office.

Drew Miller Hyndman Drew Miller Hyndman 8 June 201711:29pm

Bit of quiet time for the moment, a bulk of results expected in about 30 minutes.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 8 June 201711:47pm

Sunderland Central LAB holds seat

LAB 25,056

CON 15,059

GREEN 705

UKIP 2,209

LIB DEMS 1, 777

INDEPENDENT 305

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 8 June 201711:56pm

Newcastle East: LAB holds

LAB 28,127

CON 8,866

GREEN 755

UKIP 1,315

LIB DEMS 2,574

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 201712:00am

Swindon North CON take seat

LAB 21,096

UKIP 1,564

CON 29,431

GREEN 858

LIB DEMS 1,962

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 201712:03am

Swindon North CON take seat

LAB 21,096

UKIP 1,564

CON 29,431

GREEN 858

LIB DEMS 1,962

However there was a 10% swing to labour

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 201712:06am

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 201712:10am

Islington pubgoers erupt in cheer after exit polls showed that the conservative will not get a majority…

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 201712:13am

72% turnout for our Dorset neighbour Christchurch

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Great young voters turnout for our constituency

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 201712:16am

LAB hold Sunderland West with 24,639 votes.

Drew Miller Hyndman Drew Miller Hyndman 9 June 201712:16am

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)!

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 201712:27am

CON holds Kettering with 28,616 votes.

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CON hold Broxbourne with 29,515

CON hold in Nuneaton with 23,755. Labour has a slight swing in this seat.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 201712:44am

Turnout figures for Bournemouth East and Bournemouth West has had a small but substantial increase compared to the last election.

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Basildon and Billericay CON hold 27, 381

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Darlington LAB gain with 22,681 votes

Middlesborough LAB hold 23,404 votes

Workington LAB hold 21,317 votes

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 201712:55am

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.

Drew Miller Hyndman Drew Miller Hyndman 9 June 201712:55am

Commentary: That Darlington seat was a major Tory target, a real blow there.

Drew Miller Hyndman Drew Miller Hyndman 9 June 201712:57am

Here in Portsmouth we are seeing a 64% turnout for Portsmouth South. Up from 58.5%

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20171:09am

Swindon South CON gain with 24, 809 votes. It was a close call with LAB achieving just over 22,000.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20171:10am

Welsh LAB hold Wrexham with 17,153 votes

Drew Miller Hyndman Drew Miller Hyndman 9 June 20171:13am

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.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20171:15am

LAB hold Llanelli

Also Farrow

and Stockton North

Drew Miller Hyndman Drew Miller Hyndman 9 June 20171:16am

LABOUR GAIN from SNP: Rutherglen and Hamilton West.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20171:26am


LAB takes Tooting with 34, 694 votes

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20171:28am

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.

Drew Miller Hyndman Drew Miller Hyndman 9 June 20171:32am

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.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20171:32am

LAB hold

Leigh, Wigan, Makerfield, Tooting, Birkenhead, Halton and West Bromich East

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20171:33am

DUP hold Lagan Valley with 26,762 votes

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SNP hold Paisley and Renfrewshire South

Drew Miller Hyndman Drew Miller Hyndman 9 June 20171:41am

Commentary: Word of a recount here in Portsmouth, same with Hastings and Rye.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20171:42am


Vale of Clwyd

LAB GAIN with 19, 423 votes

Drew Miller Hyndman Drew Miller Hyndman 9 June 20171:46am

Huge Youth turnout growth: https://twitter.com/StanCollymore/status/872964256496484352

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20171:47am

CON hold Putney, Rayleigh and Pickford, Chelmsford and Harlow

Drew Miller Hyndman Drew Miller Hyndman 9 June 20171:49am

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!

Drew Miller Hyndman Drew Miller Hyndman 9 June 20171:56am

Commentary: Portsmouth South could be a real test of Labour in the South, a gain here for the first time ever would be huge!

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20171:57am

CON hold Castle Point, Havant, Norfolk South, Hertsmere

and they also gain Angus from SNP

Drew Miller Hyndman Drew Miller Hyndman 9 June 20171:58am

Stockton South is a Labour Gain

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20172:00am


SNP HOLD Dundee East and Dunbartonshire West

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LAB gain Battersea with 25, 292 votes.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20172:15am

We expect to get a result for Bournemouth West and East at 3am.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20172:22am

Nigel Farage said he’s ready to get back into politics. Not everyone’s happy with his appearance on the BBC…

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20172:22am

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.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20172:28am


LAB GAIN Bury North from CON

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Sinn Fein hold Belfast West with 27, 107 votes

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CON GAIN Moray from SNP. The Deputy Leader of the SNP loses his seat in Moray.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20172:35am

Conservative Christopher Chope has been re-elected as Christchurch’s MP

Drew Miller Hyndman Drew Miller Hyndman 9 June 20172:36am

Commentary: The Lib Dems will face some hard choices after this election, ESPECIALLY if Farron and Clegg both lose out.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20172:48am


LAB GAIN Sheffield Hallam taking it from Nick Clegg’s grasp. Clegg loses his seat after many years in the Sheffield Hallam constituency.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20172:51am

Nick Clegg speaks after losing his seat. He said it’s been a “great privilege” to represent Sheffield Hallam.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20172:55am

LIB DEMS GAIN Twickenham from Conservatives, minutes after Nick Clegg loses his seat.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20173:04am

A HUGE gain for LAB as they take Ipswich from Conservatives

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20173:07am

LABOUR party leader Jeremy Corbyn holds his Islington North seat

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20173:11am

CON regain Clacton after losing to UKIP in 2015.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20173:26am

CON holds Bournemouth West by 7000 votes.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20173:27am

CON Theresa May holds her seat in Maidenhead

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20173:33am

LIB DEM leader Tim Farron holds seat in Westmorland

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20173:35am

Paul Nuttall loses seat in Boston and Skegness

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20173:37am

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LIB DEM gain Kingston seat from Conservatives.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20173:53am

Everyone’s upped their outfit game this year..

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20173:54am

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.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20173:57am

CON loses Canterbury to LABOUR after 99 years in the seat.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20174:05am

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?

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20174:08am

The results are getting close now with Labour at 219 and Conservatives following closely behind at 215 seats.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20174:09am

CON gain Aberdeen South from SNP with 18, 746 votes.

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LAB gains East Lothian from SNP

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20174:19am

We are still waiting on hastings…

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20174:21am

SNP’s Alex Salmond loses his Gordon seat to the conservatives

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20174:22am

Labour gains Croydon Central from the conservatives.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20174:23am

LAB also gain Plymouth Sutton seat

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20174:28am

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20174:34am

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.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20174:58am

Home Secretary Amber Rudd holds Hastings and Rye.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20175:05am

So far there has been a record high number of women being elected as MPs. There is now 192 that have been elected.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20175:05am

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.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20175:08am

LIB DEMS gain Caithness and Sutherland from SNP

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20175:16am

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

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20175:18am

CON gain Stoke on Trent seat

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20175:19am

Another recount for another constituency

Drew Miller Hyndman Drew Miller Hyndman 9 June 20177:19am

Lib Dems barely miss out in North East Fife and Richmond Park to the SNP and Cons respectively

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20177:31am

The UK election ends this morning in a hung parliament.

Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 201712:47pm

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.

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Chloe Desave Chloe Desave 9 June 20171:33pm

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.