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Ed Miliband Resigns as Labour Leader | Nick Clegg resigns as Liberal Democrat Leader | Conservative General Election Majority Win | Nigel Farage fails to win Thanet South Seat | George Galloway loses seat to Labour | SNP wins all but 3 seats in Scotland | Labour have success in London | Major losses for Liberal Democrats
General Election 2015 LIVELabourConservativeLiberal DemocratUKIPGreensPlaid CymruSNPDUPOtherTotal DeclaredSeats2323318113568 10650Vote Share30.5%36.9%7.8%12.7%3.8%0.6%4.8%0.6% n/aExit Poll2393161022458n/a n/aVariance-7+15-2-1-1-1+2n/a n/a
Although there was initial scepticism surrounding the Exit Polls, it seems there were pretty correct!
Our Constituency Battle – Welwyn Hatfield
Running for election to be the Member of Parliament of Welwyn Hatfield are:
Liberal Democrat – Hugh Annand
Labour – Anawar Miah
Green Party – Marc Scheimann
Conservatives – Grant Shapps
TUSC – Richard Shattock
UKIP – Arthur Stevens
Independant – Michael Green
Welwyn Hatfield Results: Conservative WIN (Grant Shapps – 25,281), 2nd Labour (Anawar Miah – 13,128), 3rd UKIP (Arthur Stevens – 6,556), 4th Liberal Democrat (Hugh Annand – 3,140), 5th Green Party (Marc Scheimann – 1,742), 6th Independant (Michael Green – 216) & 7th TUSC (Richard Shattock – 142)
The Live Story
Polls close at 22:00 BST with the first results expected to be released just before midnight. After six weeks of intense campaigns, numerous TV debates with all the major 7 parties and even Trident Media’s very own Hustings for Welwyn Hatfield which featured in the Guardian, people have been casting their vote around the UK in around 50,000 polling stations.
As well as the 650 Members of Parliament being elected today, there are around 9,000 council seats across 279 local authorities in England. A fantastic 50 million are registered to vote and with mild weather across the majority of the UK, the turnout should be quite high in line with the 65% turnout in the 2010 election. People have been voting in Parish Halls, School Halls, Pubs and even a launderette in Oxford!
After polls close at 22:00 we will be letting you know some of the first exit polls. We cannot release these exit poll until voting is closed. Election polls provide a good indication into the results but as this election is so complex, the results may not reflect the polls. Houghton and Sunderland South is expected to declare traditionally first. They have held this record since 1992 and in the last election declared in just ninety minutes. Washington and Sunderland West is meant to follow after, both have historically been traditionally Labour Party seats.
We shouldn’t see any Scottish results until 1:30am which is expected to be Na h-Eil-eanan an Iar, otherwise known as the Western Isles of Scotland. This is currently an SNP seat which was taken from Labour in 2010. We should see the majority of results around 3:00am so it will be getting interesting!
So Let’s Begin, Welcome to General Elections Results 2015, brought to you by Trident Media!
The BBC have released their exit poll. The Conservatives have been put at 316 (up 9 from 2010) with Labour at 239 (down 19, from 2010), SNP have been predicted at 58 seat (every seat in Scotland but one) and the Liberal Democrats with 10 seats (down 47 from 2010) and UKIP with two seats predicted.LabourConservativeLiberal DemocratUKIPGreensPlaid CymruSNPOther (inc. NI Seats)239316102245819-19+9-47+2+1+1+52+1
Source: NOP/MORI cited by the BBC on their Election 2015 broadcast based on Exit Poll of 22,000 voters.
#GE2015 exit poll forecasts that Conservatives are the largest party. Con 316 seats Lab 239 seats SNP 58 seats pic.twitter.com/0Wcvdc8QaJ — Sky News Elections (@skyelections) May 7, 2015
Even some of the party leaders are saying they should treat the exit polls with caution. It is important to remember that the polls are only based on 22,000 voters and therefore there is some margin for error. The polls suggest a huge loss for the Liberal Democrats following their coalition with the Conservative Party in the last parliament.
The polls shows a huge gain for the Scottish National Party. Paddy Ashdown on BBC Election Coverage said “if exit poll is right, I’ll eat my hat“. Even Chief Whip of the Conservative Party, Michael Gove said it is important that there should be caution taken with the exit polls, reinforced by Labour’s Harriet Harman. This is a disappointing figure for the Labour Party but it is important to remember that the only way we will know is when the counts come in throughout the night
I’d treat the exit poll with HUGE caution. I’m hoping for a good night but I think 58 seats is unlikely! #GE15 — Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 7, 2015
Labour MPs admitting to me exit poll disappointing, other sources in party say hard to see how Miliband can form gvt if correct. #GE2015 — Sophy Ridge (@SophyRidgeSky) May 7, 2015
Remember 326 seats are needed to form a majority government in the House of Commons. The first results are due in about 30 minutes time from Sunderland. Other key seats to watch throughout the night are Eastleigh, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (Gordon Brown’s old seat), Boston & Skegness (a target UKIP seat), Sheffield Hallam (Nick Clegg’s seat), Brighton Pavilion (currently the only Green Party seat), Thanet South (Where Nigel Farage is standing), Hendon (a knife edge seat for Labour and the Conservatives) and of course Welwyn Hatfield to see who will be YOUR local MP. Bree Allegretti, Digital Media Officer for the Student Publication Association is at the count in Brighton Pavilion.
View from the count at Brighton Pavilion, where Britain’s only Green MP, Caroline Lucas, fights to hold 1.2k majority pic.twitter.com/97uq8RGqQz — Aubrey Allegretti (@breeallegretti) May 7, 2015
We are due to get the first result from Houghton and Sunderland South is expected very soon, a usually safe Labour Seat. Paul Nuttall, Deputy UKIP Leader stated that “We are going to get more than two seats tonight” challenging the exit polls. He also stated that 4 million votes for UKIP is possible.
All though there is scepticism about the polls, it has been shown there may be some accuracy in what they predict from previous elections.
2010 and 2005 exit polls were pretty accurate. Worst example 11 seats out: BBC article: http://t.co/p5DtPCjO1K pic.twitter.com/ijNrybTVDV — Matt Burgess (@mattburgess1) May 7, 2015