UK poll result highlights: PM Theresa May says she will form new government, Brexit will happen
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UK poll result highlights: PM Theresa May says she will form new government, Brexit will happen

world Updated: Jun 09, 2017 20:06 IST
Agencies, London
Jeremy Corbyn‬,‪Theresa May‬,‪Labour Party‬

Workers in protective equipment are reflected in the window of a betting shop with a display inviting customers to place bets on tbe result of the general election with images of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, in London on June 7.(Reuters)

Prime Minister Theresa May was fighting to hold on to her job on Friday as British voters dealt her a punishing blow, denying her the stronger mandate she had sought to conduct Brexit talks and instead weakening her party’s grip on power.

The exit poll projected 314 seats for the Conservative party, down by 17 seats won by the party in the 2015 general election. The Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour Party is expected to bag 266 seats, up from its last tally of 232.The shock exit poll result could plunge domestic politics into turmoil and delay Brexit talks.

Here are live updates on the UK elections:

8.01pm: Scottish leader Sturgeon says will work to keep Conservatives out of power

8.00pm: Scottish Conservative leader Davidson says we seek to deliver an ‘open Brexit’ not a closed one

5.31pm: PM May says she will form new British government, new government will lead Britain out of the EU, AFP.

3:29 pm: British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to appoint government ministers to senior positions later on Friday, broadcaster Sky News reports, citing unspecified sources.

3:20 pm: Paul Nuttall resigns as leader of UK Independence Party.

3: 06 pm: Theresa May has struck a deal with the Democratic Unionists that will allow her to form a government, Guardian sources report.

2: 59 pm: British Prime Minister Theresa May believes she can form a government and will go to Buckingham Palace at 1130 GMT to ask Queen Elizabeth for permission to do so, reports the BBC.

2:15 pm: European Council President Donald Tusk reminds the UK of the ticking clock on the Brexit negotiations.

We don’t know when Brexit talks start. We know when they must end. Do your best to avoid a “no deal” as result of “no negotiations,” said Tusk on Twitter.

1:57 pm: Northern Ireland’s DUP considering support for UK PM May’s Conservatives

1:52 pm: EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says Brexit talks should start ‘when UK is ready’.

“Brexit negotiations should start when UK is ready; timetable and EU positions are clear. Let’s put our minds together on striking a deal,” the Frenchman said on Twitter.

13: 15 pm: UK opposition labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says is pretty clear who won this election

Corbyn told Sky News: “They’re going to have to go ahead because Article 50 has been invoked, the government in office in 11 days time will have to conduct those Brexit negotiations.”

“Our position is very clear, we want a jobs-first Brexit, therefore the most important thing is the trade deal with Europe,” he added.

12: 49 pm: UK opposition Labour Party says will seek to form minority government.

“We’ll put ourselves forward to serve the country and form a minority government and the reason for that is I don’t think the Conservative Party is stable, I don’t think the prime minister is stable. I don’t want to be derogatory but I think she is a lame duck prime minister,” party’s finance spokesman John McDonnell said.

12: 44pm: The BBC reports that May does not plan to resign.

12:20 pm: UK vote result a surprise but does not call Brexit into question: French PM Edouard Philippe

12:09 pm: BBC political editor says UK PM May has no intention of resigning

11:26 am: Conservative MP Nigel Evans tells BBC, “we didn’t shoot ourselves in the foot, we shot ourselves in the head.”

11:17 am: Guenther Oettinger, the German member of the European Commission, said it was unclear negotiations could be launched on Monday, June 19, as planned.

The talks, which the EU wants to ensure a legally smooth British departure in March 2019, would be more uncertain without a strong negotiatng partner, he added.

10:45 am: With 638 results in (out of 650), here are the latest state of the party figures.

Partial results of the UK general election at 0525 GMT: share of the vote per party and the number of seats won in parliament. (AFP)

10:34 am: The Conservatives have failed to win an overall majority, and the UK is now set for a hung parliament, says the latest BBC forecast.

10:24 am: UK PM May no longer able to win outright majority in parliament -Reuters calculations

10: 01 am: So far, 192 women MPs have been elected - a record high, the Guardian reports. There were 191 women in the last parliament, accounting for 29.4% of MPs.

9:58 am: The Green Party plays a good social media game. The party has not won any seats in the elections.

9:46 am: UK interior minister Amber Rudd holds seat in election after recount

9:37 am: Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi became the first turban-wearing Sikh and Preet Kaur Gill the first Sikh woman to be elected to the British parliament’s House of Commons, results from the mid-term general elections showed on Friday.

9:10 am: Conservatives party leads in the UK polls winning 264 of 650 seats.

8:26 am: Front page of Daily Mail late edition

7:57 am: May says Conservatives will ensure stability.

“The country needs a period of stability and whatever the results are the Conservatives will ensure that stability so we can all as one country go together.”

7:47 am: Jeremy Corbyn calls on Theresa May to resign.

“The prime minister called the election because she wanted a mandate. Well the mandate she’s got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence. I would have thought that is enough for her to go actually.”

7:43 am: Labour Party leading in 132 out of 650 seat .

7: 41 am: UK ex-deputy premier Nick Clegg loses seat

7:37 am: Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, re-elected in Islington North.

7:33 am: Boris Johnson re-elected in Uxbridge and Ruislip South.

The pound falls sharply after the exit poll as traders had expected a clear victory for May’s party with an overall majority in the House of Commons.

7:29 am: Theresa May’s Conservatives are set to be the largest party, the BBC forecasts, but may have lost their majority.

7:25 am: Front page of The Telegraph

7:09 am: The BBC revises its exit poll. Predicts Conservatives to get 322 seats.

Here are the key figures:

Conservatives: 322 (up eight on the figure from last exit poll numbers)

Labour: 261 (down five)

7: 04 am: According to Reuters, the first results to be counted tend to be in geographically smaller urban constituencies, which often vote Labour. Many larger rural seats, which tend to elect Conservatives, will not report results until after 0400 GMT.

Party seats so far

Conservatives 77, Labour 94, Liberal Democrats 1, SNP 15, Greens 0, UKIP 0, Other 11, Unreported 452

6:45am: Just over a hundred constituencies have been counted. Labour takes 53 seats, Conservatives 35 and SNP 7.

UKIP has been wiped out in the constituencies that have been counted.  

6:30am: Labour Party’s deputy leader Tom Watson said early election results were “very, very bad” for Conservative leader Theresa May, and his party would hold her to her statement that if she loses her majority, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn would be prime minister.

6:20am: In 62 seats, Labour’s vote share is over 43%. It’s more than 38% for Conservatives, according to BBC.

Labour: 43.8%

Conservative: 38.7%

Liberal Democrat: 4.7%

Scottish National Party: 3.8%

UKIP: 2.6%

Democratic Unionist Party: 2.3%

6am: Of the 30 constituencies, the Labour party holds 21 seats; Conservatives leading in eight, others 1.

5:55am: Apart from the political drama, at the Blue Boar pub in Westminster, Theresa May cocktails were in the lead on election night although the very real exit poll suggested the British prime minister had lost her overall parliamentary majority.

5:50am: Jeremy Corbyn speaks on the exit poll: “Whatever the final result, our positive campaign has changed politics for the better.”

5:25am: Labour takes away closely fought seat of Darlington, which was a key target of Conservatives

5:15am: Labour take an early lead with 8 seats and a margin of less than 50,000 votes; Conservatives aren’t far behind (5), according to the BBC.

Read | UK general election 2017: What happens with Brexit if there’s no clear winner?

4:50am: According to The Guardian, Labour Party is leading with 5 seats to none for Conservatives. Six constituencies have been declared so far.

4:35am: Labour Party holds Washington and Sunderland West, reports Sky News

4:25am: It’s no coincidence: 

4:10am: Headlines express Britain’s mood right now: “MAYHEM”, says Sun newspaper, “Britain on a knife edge” says the Daily Mail

4am: As counting begins, Labour holds Newcastle. The Guardian reports there is a 2% swing from Tories to Labour.

3:35am: Britain’s Liberal Democrat party says it will enter “no pacts, no deals, no coalition” with other parties to help them to form a government after Thursday’s election, Sky News reported, citing a senior source.

3:20am: “If the poll is anything like accurate, this is completely catastrophic for the Conservatives and for Theresa May,” George Osborne, former Conservative finance minister tells ITV.

3:17am:What could happen now?

If Theresa May’s party does not win a majority of the 650 seats in parliament to take office, the PM would have to form a coalition or attempt to govern with the backing of other smaller parties.

Political deadlock in London could derail negotiations with the other 27 EU countries ahead of Britain’s exit from the bloc, due in March 2019, before they even begin in earnest.

Labour, led by veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn, could attempt to form a government with the smaller parties, which strongly oppose most of May’s policies on domestic issues such as public spending cuts.

3:15 am: If the exit poll is accurate, it might be an extraordinary failure for May who was enjoying opinion poll leads of 20 points and more when she called the snap election just seven weeks ago.

But her lead gradually shrunk over the course of the campaign, during which she backtracked on a major social care proposal, opted not to take part in a high-profile TV debate with her opponents, and faced questions over her record on security after Britain was hit by two Islamist militant attacks that killed 30 people.

3:10am: The BBC said the election result in 76 seats was too close to call, after the exit poll predicted that Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives would lose their overall majority but remain the biggest party, with 314 seats.

“The race in a large number of seats is so tight that the result is currently too close to call,” the BBC said on its website.”

2:50am: British pound falls sharply after exit poll projects Conservatives won’t get a majority in UK parliament.

2:45am: Critics say Theresa May might have lost the gamble: TV channels.

May, who came to power after ex-PM David Cameron resigned, called for snap election to consolidate Conservatives’ stance on Brexit.

2:40am: Scottish nationalists will lose big in UK election, in a blow to plans for independence vote. SNP are down to 34 seats, down by 22 seats in 2015 election.

2:30am: No party wins overall majority in British election, according to the exit poll.

UK exit poll projects Conservatives win 314 of 650 seats in Parliament, Labour with 266. Projected loss of Conservative seats is major blow to British Prime Minister Theresa May.

2:20am: Exit poll results expected soon: Reuters

2:15am: The Scottish National Party (SNP) could lose about 12 seats in the UK election, The Guardian reports.

1:15am: British tabloid Daily Mail reports PM Theresa May likely to emerge victorious in UK general election with a majority of up to 96 seats.

12:20am: Alsatians, poodles, pinschers and pugs lined up at Britain’s polling stations as thousands of voters brought their canine companions to take part in the general election, AFP reports.

Pet owners took to Twitter to post photographs of their dogs next to the polling station signs at schools and community centres across the country, using the hashtag #dogsatpollingstations.

The meme provided light relief from a frequently tetchy election campaign to decide who will lead Britain’s Brexit talks, current Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May or Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn.


9.54pm: Ipsos MORI research exclusively for the London Evening Standard finds the Conservatives on 44%, eight points ahead of Labour who are on 36%.


8.34pm: Police briefly close London’s Trafalgar square over ‘suspicious item’

British police briefly evacuated Trafalgar Square in central London on Thursday following reports that a suspicious item had been found in a nearby street but said the incident was quickly stood down and not considered to be terrorism-related.

British police are on heightened alert as millions vote in parliamentary elections just days after three attackers killed eight people by driving a van at pedestrians and then stabbing people in London Bridge on Saturday night.



A mobile library is used as a temporary polling station in Trecwn, Wales, Britain, June 8, 2017. (REUTERS Photo)


6.29pm: There have been long queues of students voting at the University of East Anglia - in a Norwich south, a seat won in 2015 by Labour’s Clive Lewis.


4.30pm: Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas arrives with her husband Richard Savage to vote in Brighton says Reuters.

3.45pm: Indian shares edge lower, tracking Asian peers as investors await the outcome of a slew of global events, including the UK elections.

3.23pm: #DogsAtPollingStations is trending.

3.10pm: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says: “Thank you very much, all of you, for coming here today. It’s a day of our democracy. I’ve just voted. I’m very proud of our campaign. Thank you very much.”

2.40pm: The police are asking the public to be alert and to report concerns. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi acknowledges concerns about the general election.

2.15pm: Here are the contenders in the UK election:

  • Jeremy Bernard Corbyn was born in 1949 in ‘Toryshire’ Chippenham, Wiltshire, about 154km west of London.

  • He was first elected in 1983 as the Labour MP for Islington North, the seat he has held for 34 years.

  • He is known for his eccentric, informal and plain-speaking grandfatherly style fitting the caricature of the archetypal ‘bearded leftie’, as the English media puts its.

  • Some of the promises made in the Labour manifesto include free childcare, health and social care reform, abolition of tuition fees, higher income tax on "fat cats" or top earners.

  • Corbyn - the "no hope" candidate was unexpectedly chosen to take over the Labour Party leadership after it recorded its worst election defeat in decades under Ed Miliband.
  • The UK Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party stunned Westminster by demanding an early election in April this year to secure the Brexit mandate and crush dissent.

  • Theresa Mary May was born in 1956 in Eastbourne, East Sussex. She worked at the bank of England and Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS) before becoming an MP for Maidenhead. The British media calls her the "well-heeled" member of parliament owing to her perceived image of a fashion-conscious politician, her love for kitten heels and designer clothes.

  • She entered parliament in 1997 and has held a variety of shadow cabinet posts. Known as the ‘quiet woman’ of British politics, May became the first female chairman of the Tory party in 2002.

  • Like Margaret Thatcher - the first woman PM of Britain - she went to the University of Oxford. The British media calls her the "well-heeled" member of parliament owing to her perceived image of a fashion-conscious politician, her love for kitten heels and designer clothes.

  • The Conservatives, in their manifesto, have pledged to lower immigration, end free movement of EU citizens, leave European single market and seek new customs agreement. It also includes increased National Health Service spending, free elderly care and a vote on overturning the ban on fox hunting.

1.50pm: From landslide for Theresa May to upset defeat, here are all scenarios for the UK election.

1.22pm: Theresa May faces the voters in an election she called to strengthen her hand in looming Brexit talks. Here are five highlights from the campaign for the polls:

1) Rise of Corbyn: From a leader seen to be unfit for politics in the age of television to a position where Labour poses a serious challenge to the Conservatives.

2) From a leader who limited exposure to media, people saw May up close and personal during the campaign; opinion divided whether they liked her or not

3) Increased new registrations by young voters enthused by Corbyn’s promise of scrapping tuition fees

4) Conservative party releasing a slick video titled ‘Theresa ke saath’ with a Hindi song and images of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to appeal to the British Indian community

5) May performing ‘abhishek’ in a Hindu temple; Corbyn wearing saffron headgear during a gurdwara visit


12.50pm: As Britain votes to pick its next PM, here is a a look at the three candidates: Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron

12.40pm: A voter arrives at a polling station in Stamford Hill, north London.


12.30pm: People are voting across Britain to pick their next Prime Minister. Here are five controversies that erupted in the run-up to the election:

1) May ruling out a mid-term election six times, but announcing one on April 18.

2) May not appearing in live television leaders debate.

3) May making policy U-turns on social care and tax.

4) Corbyn unable to put a figure on live radio broadcast on how much a new free childcare policy will cost.

5) Labour leader Diane Abbott’s ‘car crash’ interviews on live television.

11.55am: Voting ends at 2100 GMT. There will be an exit poll as soon as voting finishes. The first handful of seat results are expected to be announced by 2300 GMT, with the vast majority of the 650 constituencies due to announce results between 0200 GMT and 0500 GMT on Friday morning.

11.42am: As polls open in UK general election, here are five talking points that have dominated the headlines in the run-up:

1) May was called ‘Maybot’ for her robot-like answers to questions from the media and voters.

2) May’s repeated use of the phrase ‘strong and stable’ came in for ridicule.

3) People none the wiser about the way forward on Brexit despite her answers.

4) Two terror attacks happened in Manchester and London during the campaign.

5) Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron took down May on live television.

11.34am: Voting begins in UK general election.

11.33am: The final pre-poll survey done by Comres for the Independent newspaper gives the Tories a 10-point lead over the Labour party. May’s ruling Conservatives are on 44%, Labour at 34%, the Liberal Democrats at 9%, with far-right UKIP at 5%, the Scottish National Party (SNP) at 4% and the Green Party at 2%.

11.29am: As polling stations across Britain prepare to open, opinion polls show the outcome of the general election could be a lot tighter than had been predicted when Prime Minister Theresa May announced the vote six weeks ago.

First Published: Jun 08, 2017 11:28 IST