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An at-a-glance guide to the key points of the UK General Election.

The headlines

  • The Conservatives have lost their Commons majority – the Tories are now the largest party in a hung Parliament
  • Theresa May says she will form a government and work with the 10 Democratic Unionist Party MPs, after going to Buckingham Palace to see the Queen.
  • The PM says she is “sorry” for colleagues who lost their seats.
  • Jeremy Corbyn says she should quit and Labour wants to attempt a minority government
  • The Conservatives plus 10 DUP MPs have 328 seats – more than the other parties put together.
  • A so-called “progressive alliance” between Labour, SNP, Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and Greens would have 314. A majority is 326.
  • There are 262 seats for Labour – up 30 seats; 35 seats for the SNP, a loss of 21 seats; the Lib Dems are up four to 12 seats; Plaid Cymru on four seats; the Greens on one, and none for UKIP
  • UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has resigned
  • In Northern Ireland, the SDLP and the UUP have lost all their Westminster MPs after a night of big gains for the DUP and Sinn Féin
  • The Lib Dems had a mixed night with some former big figures returning – but ex-leader Nick Clegg losing his seat
  • Leader Tim Farron called on Theresa May to resign
  • The SNP remains the largest party in Scotland but the Conservatives have won 12 seats from them so far; Labour have won seven; the Lib Dems three
  • Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the SNP is ready to work with others to try to keep the Conservatives out of government and block their Brexit strategy
  • There is economic uncertainty reflected in the City
  • Voter turnout is up by 2% to 69% – the highest since 1997. The vote share is Conservative 42%, Labour 40%, Lib Dems 7%, UKIP 2% and the Greens 2%.
  • Labour put in a strong showing in Wales, taking back Gower, Cardiff North and Vale of Clwyd from the Conservatives

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Big scalps

Former Lib Dem Leader and one-time deputy PM Nick Clegg lost his Sheffield Hallam seat to Labour’s Jared O’Mara

Former SNP leader and former first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond was unseated in Gordon by the Conservatives’ Colin Clark on swing of 20%, and the SNP’s Westminster leader Angus Robertson also lost to Tory Douglas Ross.

Eight Conservative ministers were among those who lost out – Jane Ellison, Gavin Barwell, Rob Wilson, Ben Gummer, James Wharton, Nicola Blackwood, Simon Kirby and Edward Timpson.

Other notable results

  • Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron hung on in Westmoreland and Lonsdale after a recount, with a majority of 777 votes
  • UKIP leader Paul Nuttall came a distant third in Boston and Skegness with 3,308 votes. The seat is comfortably held by the Conservatives with 27,271 votes
  • Lib Dem Vince Cable is back in Parliament after winning back Twickenham
  • Dunbartonshire East: Lib Dem Jo Swinson took back the seat she lost to the SNP’s John Nicolson in 2015
  • Angus: The Conservatives’ first gain from the SNP, which had held the seat since its creation in 1997
  • Home Secretary Amber Rudd hung on in Hastings and Rye, after a recount, by just 346 votes
  • Westminster’s only Green MP, Caroline Lucas, increased her majority in Brighton Pavilion
  • Conservative Zac Goldsmith is back as Richmond Park MP after two recounts
  • In North East Fife the SNP’s Stephen Gethins held on to win by just two votes

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What the parties are saying

  • Speaking outside Number 10, Theresa May said she intended to form a government which could “provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country”. She gave little detail on how the arrangement with the DUP may work.
  • DUP leader Arlene Foster confirmed she had spoken to Mrs May and they would speak further to “explore how it may be possible to bring stability to this nation at this time of great challenge”.
  • Jeremy Corbyn said: “People have had quite enough of austerity politics” and Mrs May should “go and make way for a government that is truly representative of this country”
  • Mr Clegg warned of a “grave gulf” between young and old in the UK and said the next Parliament will preside “over a deeply divided and polarised nation”
  • Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said: “She called this election expecting a coronation, and took each and every one of us for granted in the most cynical way possible.”
  • Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said Brexit “is in some trouble” if Jeremy Corbyn forms a coalition and he will “have absolutely no choice” but to come back into British politics
  • SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon says the SNP has “won the election in Scotland” but she is disappointed to see losses: “We’ve got some reflection to do.”
  • Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson: “Indyref 2 is dead in Scotland and Nicola Sturgeon needs to reflect on that.”
  • “I’m afraid we ran a pretty dreadful campaign,” said Conservative Anna Soubry who says the prime minister “needs to consider her position”.
  • “I think it will be difficult for her to survive,” DUP leader Arlene Foster on Theresa May.

Social media reaction

The hashtag #HungParliament shot to the top of Twitter’s list of top UK trends after the general election exit poll predicted that the Conservatives would lose their overall majority. More than 70,000 messages were posted in under an hour. Read more here

The Cult of Curtice: Mild-mannered number-cruncher Professor John Curtice is a social media celebrity on a tense election night.

While UKIP’s vote share is down, it is still all the rage on social media where the party has been trending all night.

Key video clips

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Media captionLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn: “I’m very, very proud of the campaign my party has run”

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Media captionLaura Kuenssberg says the result is a “total political disaster for Theresa May”

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Media captionThis is the moment the general election exit poll is announced

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Media captionNick Clegg: ‘There’s a huge gulf between young and old’


BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg:

The conversations have started not just about whether the Tories will be able to form a government, but whether or not Theresa May can stay in her job.

There is no one prevailing mood inside the Tory party. As I write, Mrs May is holed up with her advisers inside Tory HQ. But a former minister Anna Soubry has called for her to “consider her position” – political code for calling for her to resign. Read more from Laura

John Curtice, Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde

This is the third post-war snap election called unexpectedly before a party’s term of office had come to an end. On the two previous occasions in 1970 and February 1974 the PM and the party lost office. While there is no other conceivable administration in the new parliament other than a Conservative-led one, it remains to be seen whether the PM will retain her position. However, so long as the Conservatives can reach an accommodation with the DUP they will have a working majority in the House of Commons.

BBC economics editor Kamal Ahmed:

When the general election exit poll was revealed at 10pm, the pound immediately dropped by 2% as investors took a position that a hung parliament was a possible outcome of the general election.

Why would that cause the currency to decline? Because a hung parliament means that the government’s direction of travel would be less certain. Read more from Kamal

Philip Sim, BBC Scotland political reporter: If Prime Minister Theresa May does not appear to have had a particularly good night, Ruth Davidson, the Tory leader in Scotland, certainly has. The Scottish Tories have more than doubled their returns in some places where the party was previously unelectable. Read more from Philip

In pictures

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The exit poll projected onto BBC Broadcasting House

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Jeremy Corbyn said he was “humbled” by the size of the vote for him

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Mrs May said it was now incumbent on the Conservatives to offer “stability”

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Nick Clegg: “Live by the sword, you die by the sword”

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Nicola Sturgeon was disappointed by losses but said the SNP remained the biggest party in Scotland

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UKIP leader Paul Nuttall failed in his bid to be elected as an MP – coming third in Boston and Skegness



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