Election ends in hung parliament

The UK General Election has resulted in a hung parliament, after the Conservatives failed to reach the 326 votes required to form an outright majority.

Negotiating will now take place to decide whether a coalition government will be formed.

The night in brief:

  • Theresa May’s snap election gamble did not pay off. Her party endured a dreadful campaign trail and lost many seats on the night. She now faces calls to quit as Conservative leader.
  • Jeremy Corbyn’s spirited campaign bolstered support across the country, notably in Wales and the North East.
  • In Northern Ireland, the DUP earned 36% of votes; Sinn Fein earned 29.4%.
  • Former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg lost his Sheffield Hallam seat to Labour’s Jared O’Mara.
  • Former SNP leader Alex Salmond lost his Gordon seat to the Conservatives’ Colin Clark.
  • Home Secretary Amber Rudd won her Hastings and Rye seat by just 346 votes, following multiple recounts.

 

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