Live: General Election 2017 Results Day


09 Jun, 2017

Live: General Election 2017 Results Day

4.46pm - Ruth Davidson: We must pursue an open Brexit which puts the economy first

An interesting, and somewhat confusing development.

The Scottish Tory leader said: "It is the policy of both the Conservative Party and the UK Labour Party to respect the Brexit referendum result.

"That means we are leaving the leaving the European Union. We are leaving the Common Fisheries Policy. At the same time we must in my view seek to deliver an open Brexit, not a closed one, which puts our country’s economic growth first.

"I am confident that, once the dust settles on last night’s result, we can rise to that challenge. The truth is that we are still the only UK party with a plan for Britain. We are the only party that can deliver for Britain. After a year of upheaval, we owe it to people to get on with it.”

4.12pm – Sturgeon says Indyref2 was a factor in SNP losses

The first minister says plans for a second poll on independence were "undoubtedly" a factor in the election result.

4.10pm - Arlene Foster: We will enter discussions with the Conservatives

The leader of the DUP says: "Yesterday represented a great result for the Union, not just here in Northern Ireland but right across our United Kingdom."

She says the DUP "wants the best for all of the United Kingdom" and that we live in "challenging times".

She says: "The Prime Minister has spoke with me this morning and we will enter discussions with the Conservatives to explore how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge."

3.39pm – A chart of Labour’s impressive gains

3.25pm - PM Theresa May is clapped into 10 Downing Street by staff after forming a new government

3.10pm - Senior Labour figures eat their words about Jeremy Corbyn

Senior Labour MPs and former advisers who previously criticised Jeremy Corbyn are now expressing notably different attitudes towards the Labour leader after the election result broke on Friday morning. Many from within the party commended the leader after it became clear Mr Corbyn had successfully prevented Theresa May from obtaining the majority she sought in the general election.

2.56pm – Theresa May’s full speech

“I have just been to see Her Majesty the Queen, and I will now form a government – a government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country.

This Government will guide the country through the crucial Brexit talks that begin in just 10 days and deliver on the will of the British people by taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union.It will work to keep our nation safe and secure by delivering the change that I set out following the appalling attacks in Manchester and London – cracking down on the ideology of Islamist extremism and all those who support it. And giving the police and the authorities the powers they need to keep our country safe.

The Government I lead will put fairness and opportunity at the heart of everything we do, so that we fulfil the promise of Brexit together and - over the next five years - build a country in which no one and no community is left behind.A country in which prosperity and opportunity are shared right across this United Kingdom.

What the country needs more than ever is certainty, and having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the General Election, it is clear that only the Conservative & Unionist Party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons. As we do, we will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party in particular.

Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years, and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom.

This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal that works for everyone in this country – securing a new partnership with the EU which guarantees our long term prosperityThat’s what people voted for last June.That’s what we will deliver. Now let’s get to work”.

2.10pm - Theresa May: I will now form a government

Speaking in Downing Street after returning from Buckingham Palace, she says: "I will now form a government."

Mrs May says that her government will navigate the country through Brexit talks and beyond, and will work to "keep our country safe and secure".

She says: "What the country needs now more than ever is certainty."

12.49am - Jean Claude Juncker responds to 2017 General Election results

12.32am - Donald Trump has written his first tweet of the day

However, there is still no comment from the US President on the general election result as yet. In his tweet, he is referring to testimony given by the former FBI Director James Comey yesterday.

11.48am - HSBC expects pound to fall to $1.20

11.46am - Paul Nuttall resigns as leader of Ukip

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has quit after his party failed to win single seat. He added that the election had put Brexit at risk.

11.38am - Theresa May reaches deal with DUP to form government

Theresa May has struck a deal with the Democratic Unionists that will allow her to form a government, sources have confirmed.

The prime minister is expected to see the Queen at around 12.30pm to confirm that a deal is in place after extensive talks with the DUP late in to the night.

Party figures say they have been driven on this morning by their dismay at the possibility of Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister.

DUP figures insist that their relationship with May’s team has been close since she became prime minister 11 months ago.

11.22am - General Election 2017: Highest turnout in 25 years

Brits voted in the snap general election in their highest numbers in 25 years.

With only a handful of seats yet to declare, more than 32 million votes had been counted and the figure was unlikely to exceed the total who voted in the 1992 poll.

The number of votes is the highest since 33.6 million voted in 1992, when Conservative leader John Major made it four general election wins in a row for the Tories.

But turnout is normally expressed as a proportion of the electorate, meaning the current figure of 68.7% is the highest since the 1997 general election.

It is also the first time Labour has gained seats in a general election since 1997.

11.08am - Theresa May to head to Buckingham Palace

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg says Theresa May is expected to visit Buckingham Palace on Friday to speak to the Queen, "with the understanding she can form a government".

This is a result of conversations that have been taking place with the DUP over the past hours, though it is "not necessarily an attempt to form a formal coalition.

Ms Kuenssberg added, "The DUP have no wish to see Theresa May out of office and no wish to work with Jeremy Corbyn".

10.46am  -  European Council President Donald Tusk reminds the UK of the ticking clock on the Brexit negotiations

10.30am - Will the DUP help the Tories stay in power?

Theresa May's path to power now seems reliant on reaching a compromise with the Democratic Unionist Party, and the party has signalled its willingness to help.

However, whether they are willing to work with Mrs May appears to be up for debate.

The party's leader, Arlene Foster, said overnight on Mrs May's future: "I think that it will be difficult for her to survive."

But senior MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said the DUP would be "serious players" in the hung parliament, telling the BBC: "This is perfect territory for the DUP because obviously if the Conservatives are just short of an overall majority it puts us in a very strong negotiating position and certainly that is one we would take up with relish."

10.04am - EU Brexit negotiator accuses Theresa May of 'own goal'

09.55am - Corbyn 'Labour ready to serve'

Jeremy Corbyn says Labour is “ready to serve this country”.

He says the Brexit negotiations will have to go ahead and that he wants a “job first” Brexit. He says delaying negotiations is out of Britain’s hands.

Corbyn has repeated calls for Theresa May to resign.

He says it was pretty clear Labour won the election on a “strong and hopeful” programme.

09.42 - Did younger voters create Labour boost?

According to BBC polling guru Prof John Curtice, there are three things that indicate this may be correct:

•    The swing to Labour was "a little bit higher" in places where there were more young voters
•    Turnout increased more in constituencies with more young people
•    Labour turnout "did better" where turnout was higher
"It looks as if the Labour party profited from younger voters," he says, with Mr Corbyn's "bold vision" paying off. But he adds it's important to remember that the Labour party has still technically lost this election.

09.25am - Jeremy Corbyn arrives at Labour HQ

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has arrived to cheers and chants at his party's HQ in central London.

There's a sense this is a "personal victory for his campaign," according to the BBC's Huw Edwards.
Inside the building, they are singing: "Oh, Jeremy Corbyn" - to the tune of Seven Nation Army.

09.21am – What the election result means for Brexit

Britain's departure from the European Union has been plunged into uncertainty.

Whatever the final election result, Theresa May has not secured the clear mandate that she required for her version of a hard Brexit.

When she called the snap election, she said: "Every vote for the Conservatives will make me stronger when I negotiate for Britain with the prime ministers, presidents and chancellors of the European Union”.

Well, unfortunately, she is not stronger. She now has fewer seats than she started with.
As a result, it will now be hard for the government - whatever shape that government will be - to start talking to the EU in nine day’s time as planned without rethinking its strategy.

09.15am - FTSE 100 opens higher

The FTSE 100 opened higher on Friday as the shock prospect of a hung parliament saw GBP fall 2%. The UK’s blue chip share index jumped 0.72% to 6502 immediately after opening. Many of the companies on the index are internationally focused and so receive a profits boost when their overseas revenues are converted into the weakened pound. The FTSE 250 index which includes smaller companies was down 0.35%.

09.12am - Winners, losers and survivors on election night

Here is a handy breakdown of the winners and losers from this unpredictable election.

09.07am - Four seats yet to declare

Aside from Kensington, which is taking a breather and will recount again tomorrow, just three more seats remain - all in south-west England: Cornwall North, Cornwall South East, and St Austell & Newquay.

08.55am – Pound plummets

The pound has hit a five-month low against the euro, at €1.1322, after the hung parliament shock.

08.53am - Labour gain

08.50am – Theresa May will not resign

Prime Minister Theresa May will not resign following her failure to secure a Commons majority, according to Conservative sources.

07.01am - Hung Parliament confirmed

The UK looks set to have a hung parliament with the Conservatives as the largest party, with most general election results now in.

After her election gamble backfired in spectacular fashion, this means Theresa May faces the humiliation of ending with fewer seats than when she called the snap election.

The Tories are projected to get 318 seats, Labour 261 and the SNP 35.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called on Mrs May to step down - but she said the country needed “stability,” which she said her party would "ensure" is maintained.

Labour looks set to make 29 gains with the Tories losing 13 seats - and the SNP down by 22 seats in a bad night for Nicola Sturgeon, with her party losing seats to the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems.

The Conservatives are forecast to win 42% of the vote, Labour 40%, the Lib Dems 7%, UKIP 2% and the Greens 2%.

All times will be in Central European Time (CET).