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THANET SOUTH: Con hold

Craig Mackinlay (C) 25,262 (50.77%, +12.64%)

Raushan Ara (Lab) 18,875 (37.94%, +14.17%)

Rev Stuart Piper (UKIP) 2,997 (6.02%, -26.42%)

Jordan Williams (LD) 1,514 (3.04%, +1.16%)

Trevor Roper (Green) 809 (1.63%, -0.55%)

Tim Garbutt (Ind) 181 (0.36%, +0.24%)

Faith Fisher (CPA) 115 (0.23%)

68.77%
Turn out in Thanet South - with 49,753 people voting
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'Only Boris Johnson or David Davis can be next Tory leader'

ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston believes only Boris Johnson or David Davis are "credible candidates" to replace Theresa May as Conservative party leader.

He said: "I don't think it's an absolute certainty that [Theresa May's] going, though I think it is pretty likely.

"The reason I rule out Amber Rudd - who many people have been speculating as a possible future leader - is that if she wins her seat, she would have the narrowest of margins of victory.

"You simply can't appoint - as leader of your party - somebody who you can't be confident would keep their seat in a subsequent General Election in just a few months".

* Amber Rudd later held her seat by 346 votes.

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May reacts to result: Conservatives will ensure stability

Theresa May has said that whatever the election results are the Conservatives will fulfill their duty to ensure "stability" for the country as she was re-elected MP for Maidenhead.

Being returned to the seat with over 37,000 votes, the Prime Minister reiterated the message she based her election campaign around saying the country needs above all else "a period of stability".

In her acceptance speech Mrs May said the party put the key issues for the country at the heart of their campaign: "As we ran this campaign we set out to consider the issues that are the key priorities for the British people.

"Getting the Brexit deal right, ensuring that we both identify and show how we can address the big challenges facing our country, doing what is in the national interest."

The Tory leader added: "That is always what I have tried to do in my time as a Member of Parliament and my resolve to do that is the same this morning as it always has been."

As a majority win is looking increasingly unlikely for the Tories Mrs May added: "As we look ahead and we wait to see what the final results will be, I know that as I say the country needs a period of stability.

"Whatever the results are, the Conservative party will ensure that we fulfill our duty in ensuring that stability, so that we can all, as one country go forward together."

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Osborne: May looks unsure of future as PM

George Osborne said Mrs May looked unsure of her future.

Theresa May looks unsure of her future as Prime Minister, according to George Osborne.

The former Chancellor agreed with ex-Labour politician Ed Balls that Mrs May did not look confident of remaining PM during a speech in the early hours of Friday.

Their comments came shortly after Mrs May delivered a victory speech having been re-elected as MP for Maidenhead, but on a night when the Conservatives looked to fall short of gaining an overall majority.

Asked if he agreed with Mr Balls's analysis, Mr Osborne said: "I would, actually."

He continued: "What you could tell was, having given these sort of speeches, there was one thing in her mind she wanted to say - which was, the Conservative Party was going to provide a period of stability in the coming period. That was all."

Mr Osborne described the speech as a "holding statement", adding that there had been "nothing about her personal position".

"I think they're probably thinking 'we've got to see how the number play out overnight'... and they will be trying to work out what to do," he said.

"I don't think she thought a day ago that she was going to be in this position."

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Osborne: 'Huge post-mortem' due on Tory campaign

George Osborne expects a post-mortem on the Tory campaign.

A post-mortem is likely to be carried out on the Conservative campaign election, according to George Osborne.

The former Chancellor insisted that Mrs May would remain Prime Minister if the Conservatives managed to form an overall majority.

And he predicted that the party didn't have an "appetite" for an immediate leadership contest.

But, in light of the exit poll suggesting the Tories may fall short of an overall majority, he said questions would be asked by the party.

"I think there will be a huge post-mortem about having the General Election, about the manifesto that was drawn up by a very small circle in Downing Street and not shared by the Cabinet, about the style of the campaign," Mr Osborne said.

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