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UK election ends in hung parliament as Tories fail to win majority


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A hung parliament has been announced as Theresa May fails to win a Conservative majority, destabalising their 2015 general election majority.

The Conservatives won with 318 seats, falling short of the 326 seats needed for a majority.

The night began with a strong performance from Labour as they managed to hold the lead against the Tories, until around 4am this morning. 

Labour gained Canterbury, a safe Conservative seat since 1918, as well as Halifax, the place where May launched her manifesto. They finished strong with a total of 261 seats, and in a Sky interview Jeremy Corbyn said the night showed "incredible results for the Labour Party because the people voted for hope. Young people and old people all came together."

The SNP suffered huge losses, with the former First Minister Alex Salmond and the party's Deputy Leader Angus Robertson both losing their seats to Tories.

Conservative candidate Colin Clark won Salmond's seat with a 2,607 margin. 

Another high-profile figure to lose their seat was former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, who formed a coalition with the Conservatives in 2010 after the first hung parliament since 1974. 

Clegg lost his Sheffield Hallam seat with 19,756 votes to Labour candidate Jared O'Mara, who won 21,881 votes.

In his closing speech he said that he had "never shirked from the political battlefield" and warned of the "agonising" future ahead for the next government that seeks to unite a divided country.

Tory MP for Shipley Philip Davies held onto his seat despite a 91 minute filibuster against the anti-domestic violence bill. He returned with a reduced majority.

The elections ended with a hung Parliament, with May indictaing that she will try to form government as the Conservatives are still the largest party.

She will meet the Queen at 12.30pm today and ask for permission to form a government, it has just been announced.

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