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09/06/2017

The seven most defining moments of Election 2017 night

Written by Priya Shah

Senior Account Executive

It’s been an eventful night with winners, losers and plenty of uncertainty. For those of you who weren’t glued to the coverage all night, here’s our speedy guide of some of the key moments.

 

  1. 10pm: Exit polls predicted a Hung Parliament.

The Conservatives were projected to win 318 seats, leaving them eight seats short of a majority, which requires 326 seats.

Interestingly, the hashtag #HungParliament shot to the top of Twitter's list of top UK trends after the general election exit poll predicted that the Conservatives would lose their overall majority. More than 70,000 messages were posted in under an hour. 

At around 5.55am this morning, a Hung Parliament was officially declared, after Labour won Southampton, Test, and winning enough seats to make a majority impossible.  

 

  1. Big scalps

Former Liberal Democrat Leader and former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, lost his Sheffield Hallam seat. Meanwhile, former First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, and current SNP Leader in Westminster, Angus Robertson, were unseated in Scotland.

Seven Conservative ministers were among those who lost out, including Housing Minister, Gavin Barwell in Croydon Central, Ben Gummer, who authored the Conservative manifesto and was tipped by some to become Brexit secretary, lost his Ipswich seat, whilst Nicola Blackwood, Under Secretary at the Department for Health, was another Conservative casualty.

 

  1. Close calls

Following a recount, it was a confirmed that Home Secretary Amber Rudd had clung onto her Hastings seat by just 346 votes.

Although Ms Rudd’s vote share actually increased from 2015, with 46.9% (+2.3%), it was the 11.1% increase in share of Labour votes that resulted in such a close call.

But there was an even closer race in Scotland. The SNP held onto the Fife North East seat by just two votes - 0.005% of the vote - following three recounts.

 

  1. Big come backs

Zac Goldsmith made a return to the Richmond Park constituency having lost last year when standing as an Independent candidate. He stood this time as a Conservative candidate and won. The difference between Mr Goldsmith and the Lib Dem’s Sarah Olney came down to 45 votes after two recounts.

Meanwhile, in nearby Twickenham, Sir Vince Cable swept back into his former seat with 34,969 votes and 52.8% of the vote. The former Business Secretary ousted the Conservatives' Dr Tania Mathias, who received 25,207 votes.

Another #LibDemcomeback was former Energy Secretary, Sir Edward Davey, who won back his seat in Kingston and Surbiton having lost it in 2015. He now has a majority of 4,124 over the Conservatives.

 

  1. The big switch around

Labour lost Mansfield to the Conservatives after holding it for almost a century. Ben Bradley was elected as the seat's first ever Tory MP after 94 years of Labour.

And Canterbury elected a Labour MP for the first time since the constituency was formed in 1918. Tory MP Sir Julian Brazier, who had represented the Kent area for the last 30 years, lost his seat to Labour’s Rosie Duffield.

 

  1. Tory resurgence in Scotland

Theresa May might have lost key seats in England, but north of the border, Ruth Davidson, the Conservative Leader in Scotland, experienced better fortunes.

The Scottish Tories were wiped out by the Tony Blair landslide in 1997 but are back 20 years later with 13 seats in Scotland. Not only did they oust Angus Robertson, the SNP’s Deputy Leader and Leader of the SNP’s in Westminster, but they also dethroned Scottish #IndyRef initiator, Alex Salmond in his Gordon constituency.

 

  1. Millennial votes in their millions

Having been criticised for not coming out to the vote in the 2016 EU Referendum, early reports have suggested that as many as 72% of 18-24 year old’s voted in this election.

When the dust settles, #GenerationVote may be looked upon as the key determiners of this election.

 

 

 

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