Election 2017 live updates: Conservatives cannot gain a majority with Theresa May's future left in doubt – The Independent

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The 2017 general election could result in a hung parliament, the exit poll has predicted.

The exit poll suggests the Conservatives will be the largest party with 314 seats, a loss of 17 seats, with Labour on 266, a gain of 34.

It also put the SNP on 34, the Lib Dems on 14, Plaid Cymru on three and the Greens on one.

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Exit Poll predicts hung parliament

Live Updates

10 mins ago

After 639 constituency results out of 650 in the election

Election the turnout is:

31,641,660 (68.69%, +2.65%)

10 mins ago

Plaid Cymru have gained Ceredigion from the Liberal Democrats.

15 mins ago

Amber Rudd holds Hastings and Rye with a greatly reduced majority

Amber Rudd clung onto her seat by the narrowest of margins following a knife-edge full recount in Hastings and Rye. The Home Secretary did not speak to the media and was spirited away into the early dawn by her aides after she emerged victorious with a greatly reduced majority of just 346, defeating her Labour rival. by 25,668 to 25,322. After the recount was announced, Ms Rudd relaxed visibly having spent most of the evening looking tense.

38 mins ago

She is the only Green candidate to win a seat so far.

39 mins ago

Caroline Lucas has held onto her seat of Brighton Pavilion. 

40 mins ago

Lee Hardman, a currency analyst at MUFG, tells business editor Josie Cox that the market’s hopes were “pinned firmly on a stronger mandate as the UK Government begins Brexit negotiations”. 
“Without question, there is volatility ahead. The market is desperate for any indication of what a Brexit deal might look like,” he writes in a note.
 “If negotiations go well, this could translate into a $1.30 to $1.35 range for the pound versus the dollar. But if the market anticipates a hard Brexit, the pound could drop to $1.20 to $1.25 against the dollar.”
 “In the immediate term, the pound could fall sharply until there is further clarity, perhaps as low as 0.9150 against the euro. There is plenty of scope for speculators to rebuild short pound positions on the back of heightened fears that a more disorderly Brexit is on the cards.” He says.

43 mins ago

This is from the Press Association: 

The influential ConservativeHome website, edited by former MP Paul Goodman, said the “consensus view” among Tory backbenchers and ministers is that the Prime Minister’s authority has “received a blow from which it is unlikely to recover”.

Mr Goodman said they believed Mrs May’s two closest advisers, joint chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill “must go” and there could be major changes to the Brexit process, single market membership “may now be on the table”, the website said.

He added: “All this, remember, is on the assumption that May somehow gains a working majority, or is Prime Minister in a hung Parliament.

“In the latter circumstance, a second election in the autumn will be likely.

“With the threat of a second election hanging over their heads, Conservative backbenchers would be unlikely to mount a leadership challenge, but May’s days as leader would be numbered.”

47 mins ago

It is now impossible for the Tory party to win a majority, confirming Britain is heading for a hung parliament.

55 mins ago

Senior Conservatives are refusing to appear on TV

The most senior Conservatives are refusing to appear on TV in the wake of their disappointing election results, according to the BBC. Many top Tories – including potential leadership candidates Boris Johnson, Philip Hammond and David Davis – are not taking up offers of interviews, David Dimbleby said live on TV. Both are usually happy to talk on TV but do not wish to appear after it became clear that their party was heading for a hung parliament, Mr Dimbleby suggested.

55 mins ago

In Hove, Labour increased their majority of the vote to 18,000 from 1,200.

56 mins ago

Six ministers have now lost their seats, including: Jane Ellison, Gavin Barwell, Rob Wilson, Ben Gummer, James Wharton, Nicola Blackwood

1 hour ago

Conservatives gain Dumfries and Galloway from the SNP.

1 hour ago

Mark Haefele, from Swiss bank UBS’s wealth management arm, is trying to make sense of it all in a research note published just now, business editor Josie Cox writes.
“Brexit talks are now likely to be even more unsettling for markets, and the prospect of another election raises the risk of a delay, potentially leaving the UK without a negotiated exit settlement. Although we believe the pound had already priced in much of “hard Brexit” risk before this vote, the currency will continue to experience volatility through the Governmental and Brexit talks,” he writes. 
He says that he is still “underweight” UK stocks versus Eurozone stocks. 
“Higher political uncertainty is likely to more than offset any benefit from a marginally weaker pound, and we expect the earnings of UK companies to slow relative to those of Eurozone companies,” he writes.

1 hour ago

The BBC are now officially calling it a hung parliament.

Politicians, voters, and even their pets have been heading to polling stations and are posing for the cameras at every opportunity. 

In her final message on Thursday, the Prime Minister plead with voters to back her in the Brexit negotiations, adding: “If we get Brexit right, we can build a Britain that is more prosperous and more secure. A Britain in which prosperity and opportunity is shared by all. A Britain where it’s not where you come from or who your parents are that matter, but the talent you have and how hard you are prepared to work. The greatest meritocracy in the world.”

In a message directly aimed at wavering voters who may lean towards other parties, she added: “I can only build that better country and get the right deal in Brussels with the support of the British people. So whoever you have voted for in the past, if that is the future you want then vote Conservative today and we can all go forward together.”

The Labour leader, who claims to have addressed more than 100,000 people at campaign events, used a speech at his final rally in his north London stronghold to claim he had reshaped British politics.

He said: “As we prepare for government, we have already changed the debate and given people hope. Hope that it doesn’t have to be like this; that inequality can be tackled; that austerity can be ended; that you can stand up to the elites and the cynics.

“This is the new centre ground. The place where most people actually are. The policies the majority actually want, not what the establishment and its media mouthpieces insist they should want. This is the new mainstream, and we have staked it out and made it our own – together.”

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron urged Labour supporters to vote tactically to keep out the Conservatives.

He said: “We will stand up for you on Europe, on schools and hospitals and to stop the heartless dementia tax. So stand up and make your vote count for the Liberal Democrats today.”