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UK elections: Live updates

UK Elections Live Updates

  • May has signalled she will use her right as incumbent to make the first attempt to form a government, but it is unclear whether she will have the necessary support to do so.
  • The Labour Party will put itself forward to lead a minority government after May’s Conservatives failed to win a majority, according to the party’s finance spokesman John McDonnell.
  • The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg says May does not plan to resign after losing her parliamentary majority.
  • French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says that the British election result was a surprise but did not change the country’s decision to leave the European Union.
  • Scotland’s bid for a second independence referendum was dealt a blow after the nationalist Scottish National Party lost 21 of its 56 seats to parties that want to keep the United Kingdom united.
  • May faces pressure to resign after losing her parliamentary majority on Friday.
  • Citigroup said May was likely to resign after she failed to win a majority in the election. “A period of political uncertainty lies ahead,” Citi said in a research note.
  • May’s Conservatives have come first in Britain’s general election but lost their overall majority in parliament, near-complete results showed on Friday.
  • Former Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond, the ex-first minister, lost his parliamentary seat on Friday to a member of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives, adding to night of setbacks for his party.
  • The pound fell sharply on Friday after Theresa May’s Conservative Party appeared set to fall short of an expected majority in the general election.
  • The deputy leader of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s pro-independence party lost his seat in Thursday’s election, in what is projected to be a disappointing night for Scotland’s nationalists.
  • Exit polls and partial official results show May’s decision to call an early election in a bid to strengthen her grip on power appeared early Friday to have spectacularly backfired.
  • British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn says Prime Minister Theresa May should resign and make way for a new government.
  • British ex-Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has lost his seat in Parliament, the biggest figure to fall so far in Britain’s surprising election.
  • Former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage says the anti-EU party has a big role to play in politics if the Conservatives fail to get a strong majority ahead of Brexit talks.
  • Results about the other 20-plus seats that have been declared showed that all stayed with the parties that held them before the election.
British Prime Minister Theresa May walks around at the Balmoral Show near Lisburn, Northern Ireland, on May 13, 2107 during a general election campaign visit. (AFP photo)
  • Labour, the main opposition party, took Rutherglen and Hamilton West from the pro-independence SNP.
  • More than three hours after polls closed in Britain’s election, the first seat has changed hands, with Labour winning a constituency from the Scottish National Party.
  • An exit poll suggests Labour is on course for a stronger-than-expected result, and Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives could lose their majority in Parliament.
  • That result would be a shock, overturning a big Conservative lead at the start of the campaign..
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn smiles as he arrives for the results to be declared at the count centre in Islington, London, early in the morning of June 9, 2017, hours after the polls closed in Britain. (AFP photo)
  • Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said that, “Whatever the final result, we have already changed the face of British politics.”
  • An electoral officer says Labour had won the seat of Newcastle Central just before 11 p.m. (2200 GMT) Thursday, less than an hour after polls closed.
  • The northern English city of Newcastle becomes the first to declare a result in Britain’s general election.
  • An exit poll forecasts the SNP will get 34 of Scotland’s 59 seats, down from the 56 the pro-independence party won in the 2015 election. The pollsters caution that there is a lot of uncertainty around the forecast.
  • The exit poll says the Scottish National Party could lose almost half its seats in Parliament.
  • A former communications director for Prime Minister David Cameron says the exit poll result will rock the Conservative Party.
This file photo taken on June 24, 2016 shows leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage (C) speaking during a press conference near the Houses of Parliament in central London on June 24, 2016. (AFP photo)
  • Senior Labour Party adviser Emily Thornberry says that if the election exit poll is correct, then Prime Minister Theresa May should consider resigning.
  • Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire says it is “too early to tell” if the exit poll showing the Conservative Party may not get a majority in Parliament will be accurate.
  • The pound falls sharply after exit polls for Britain’s election forecast that the Conservatives would not get a majority of the seats in the House of Commons.
  • If confirmed, the result will be a disaster for May, who called a snap election in the hope of increasing her majority.
  • The Conservatives will get 314 seats and the Labour Party 266, the survey predicts. It projects 34 for the Scottish National Party and 14 for the Liberal Democrats.
  • An exit poll projects that Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party will win the biggest share of seats in Britain’s election, but could fall short of a majority in Parliament.
  • Polling stations across Britain close at 10 p.m. (2100 GMT) and ballots are being counted, with results due early Friday.

UK voting amid security concerns

  • The Metropolitan Police says the incident was not related to terrorism.
  • Police briefly closes off an area of London near Charing Cross station after a suspicious package was found.
  • Voters express concerns over security situation as they cast ballots just days after three terrorists killed eight people in the heart of London.
  • Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (0600 GMT to 2100 GMT) Thursday as voters choose 650 lawmakers for the House of Commons.

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