An evening of electoral mayhem has culminated in a hung parliament.
Theresa May’s snap election has backfired, resulting in a Tory vote share shy of the 326 seats required to secure a majority in the House of Commons. This has left the fate of a prospective Conservative government in the hands of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party — who have won 10 seats. If the DUP opt to combine with May’s Conservatives it’s anticipated that the Tory’s could lead a workable government.
Speaking from her constituency seat of Maidenhead, May said: ‘If, as the indications have shown the Conservative Party has won the most seats and probably the most votes, then it will be incumbent on us to ensure we have that period of stability — and that is exactly what we will do.
“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.”
Against all expectations Labour surged in the election, securing more than 260 seats. Commenting on the Party’s results, leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “People have said they’ve had quite enough of austerity politics, they’ve had quite enough of cuts in public expenditure, under-funding our health service, under-funding our schools, our education service, and not giving our young people the chance they deserve in our society.
“I’m very, very proud of the campaign that my party has run, our manifesto, for the many, not the few. And I’m very proud of the results that are coming in all over the country tonight of people voting for hope for the future, and turning their backs on austerity.”
Voter turnout reached its highest levels since 1997, with almost 69 per cent of those eligible to vote casting a ballot.