I’ll keep this up for a while but hardly all the way through the night. An exit poll, carried out by Ipsos MORI for the BBC, ITV News and Sky News, suggests the Tories may win 368 seats and Labour 191. If this translates into reality, it will be a disaster for Labour and allow the Tories free reign, which means we’re stuffed.
Will this prediction come true? Right now there’s no way to know, but exit polls have proved to be accurate in the past. If they are, it’s a disaster for the Labour party and those of us who want to see the UK stay in the EU. Typically, the hard left in charge of the Labour party are already crawling all over social media, blaming everyone else and accepting no responsibility whatsoever. It’s others fault for not being as ideologically pure as them.
Let’s see how things pan out as the first results start coming in, which won’t be for a few hours yet, but here’s a good example of how Twitter (and many of us) feel.
The first result has come in and it’s from Newcastle (central). Labour have held it with a reduced majority. Sunderland South declared a few minutes later. It’s also a Labour hold. Here’s the change in votes.
It gets worse. Labour have lost Blyth Valley with a 10% swing. It’s the first time a Tory has ever won there.
It’s looking pretty crap for Labour. But none of them are taking responsibility. It’s the voters fault, not theirs.
We now move to Newcastle East, where Labour hold the seat with a reduced majority.
Sunderland Central. Labour Hold, but the Brexit party and Lib-Dem votes are interesting.
Despite the exit poll, it’s far too early to tell what’s going on as the only results we have are from the North-East.
The first result from the South. Swindon North:
Conservatives hold it, and add to their majority.
Hmm, I’m watching the Channel 4 news election news and it’s fascinating to see who’s part of this. Former Speaker of the House John Bercow’s really good. He has the insight you really need as he understands the political tribes and I love his precision in the English language.
Nuneaton; Conservative hold with a much bigger majority.
The Tories take Workington from Labour with a swing of 10%…
The Tories again Peterborough from Labour (again). Things are not looking good and the exit poll is looking pretty accurate.
I can’t watch and blog at the same time. Plus, I’m now reaching for the wine- so goodnight!