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Jo Swinson steps down after devastating Liberal Democrat defeat

Jo Swinson has stepped down as the leader of the Conservative party

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The Liberal Democrat leader, Jo Swinson, has quit with immediate effect after losing her seat.

The news comes after the remain-backing party suffered devastating polls across the country.

Swinson, who had campaigned to stop Brexit, started the campaign claiming she could be the next Prime Minister but lost in her East Dunbartonshire constituency to the SNP by 149 seats.

Election 2019 LIVE : Conservatives win a landslide victory

Boris Johnson

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  • The Prime Minister said the majority gives his party 'a powerful new mandate to get Brexit done'.
  • Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson resigns after losing her seat by just 149 votes
  • Jeremy Corbyn said he won't lead Labour into another General Election as he calls the election results 'disappointing'

6.30 am Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson has resigned

Jo Swinson has stepped down as the leader of the Liberal Democrats

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The Liberal Democrat leader, Jo Swinson, has stepped down after losing her seat after her party had devastating results at the polls across the country.

Swinson, who had campaigned to stop Brexit, started the campaign claiming she could be the next prime minister but lost in her East Dunbartonshire constituency to the SNP.

6.00 am: Boris leads Conservatives to victory

There are only a handful of seats left to declare, but Boris Johnson and the Conservatives have won a majority after taking a number of Labour strongholds including Blyth Valley, Workington and Darlington. Read full story

Earlier in the evening, Boris Johnson kept his seat in Uxbridge and Ruislip South.

Boris Johnson wins a majority in a historic victory for Boris Johnson.

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  • Ed Miliband and Emily Thornberry both hold their seats
  • Lib Dem candidate Chuka Umunna fails to win the Cities of London and Westminster constituency
  • Earlier, the exit poll predicted big majority for the Conservatives. Read full story

5.12 am: Yvette Cooper says Labour policy 'isn't working'

Yvette Cooper said it's been a 'terrible night' for Labour as the party continued to suffer defeat in key seats to the Conservative party.

She described the results as 'devastating' claiming there had been a lot of families who had been 'let down' and who needed a 'strong Labour party'.

In Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, Ms Cooper kept her seat to gain a Labour majority of 1,276.

Corbyn says he will not lead Labour in another general election

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks after winning his seat for the Islington North constituency

I want to make it clear that I will not lead the party in any future general election campaign

– Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn confirms he will not be leading the opposition party in any future elections

Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed he will not be leading the UK's opposition Labour party in future elections, amidst a ' very disappointing night' for the party.

The Conservatives are expected to win this election by the largest Tory majority since Margaret Thatcher's landslide victory in 1987. Read more.

Boris Johnson vows to 'get Brexit done' as loyal Labour votes turn blue

Conservatives saw wins in Darlington and Workington which were Labour safe-seats.

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  • Boris Johnson kept his seat in Uxbridge and Ruislip South.
  • Johnson said projected Tory win gives 'mandate to get Brexit done'.
  • The breach of the Labour 'red wall' has begun as the Conservatives take loyal Labour seats in Workington, Darlington and Wrexham.
  • Labour keeps a grip on Newcastle Central and Sunderland South but vote share is down.
  • Labour take back control from the Tory's in Putney.

Boris Johnson has held his seat in Uxbridge and Ruislip South after winning a comfortable majority of 7,210.

The Prime Minister said the projected Conservative majority gives his party "a powerful new mandate to get Brexit done" before calling yesterday's exit poll "a historic election".

British politics looks set to be redefined tonight as traditional Labour seats held for a generation have been won by the Conservative Party.

The 2019 exit poll prediction appears to be coming to fruition, with the Tories on course for their biggest majority since Margaret Thatcher.

General Election: Exit poll predicts big Tory majority

The exit poll - which is commissioned by BBC News, ITV News and Sky News - is predicting the following result:
Conservatives - 368 seats
Labour - 191 seats
Lib Dems - 13 seats
SNP - 55 seats
Others - 23 seats

The poll is based on a survey of thousands of voters across 144 constituencies in England, Scotland and Wales, after they've cast their ballot.

GMB poll reveals true cost of loneliness

Good Morning Britain’s 1 Million Minutes campaign is encouraging viewers to pledge 60 minutes of their time.

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A third of health professionals say that patients see them more regularly because of loneliness.

Good Morning Britain’s 1 Million Minutes campaign is encouraging viewers to pledge 60 minutes of their time to help a friend, family member or someone in their community who is lonely after a survey conducted by Pulse magazine revealed the strain loneliness is having on the NHS.

A new survey of 1334 health professionals working in GP surgeries in the UK revealed more than a quarter of health professionals (27%) believe their time and NHS resources are majorly drained by treating lonely people.

Nearly a third (32% ) confessed they regularly see patients who come to them because they are just lonely.

One in six (16%) said loneliness is at epidemic proportions in today's society compared with just 10 years ago with 63% responding that loneliness is a much bigger problem in today's society than a decade ago.

Pledge your time with Good Morning Britain's 1 Million Minutes here

HSBC, First Direct and M&S Bank to hike overdraft fees

Warning to all HSBC, First Direct and M&S Bank overdraft users – your charges are going up

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Warning to all HSBC, First Direct and M&S Bank overdraft users – your charges are going up

HSBC, First Direct and M&S Bank (all owned by the same parent group) have all now announced they will be hiking the cost of arranged overdrafts to 39.9%APR. This follows Nationwide who also hiked its charges to 39.9% APR last month (11 November). These hikes are because the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said that by April 2020 all banks must scrap unarranged overdraft fees, and charge a single interest rate for arranged overdrafts, to make it simpler for customers. And indeed these new rates show just how expensive overdrafts are compared to other debt, like credit cards.

I also think this is likely to be the new normal and other banks will follow suit with similar rates.

To see how the change works let’s take First Direct: it’s currently 15.9% EAR on arranged overdrafts of over £250, and a £5 daily charge if you slip into their unarranged overdraft. So as with all banks effectively the burden is being shifted from those who go beyond their overdrafts to those who are within their arranged amount – in many ways this is the culmination of the campaign to reclaim unfair bank charges I was involved in back from 2005. Winners and losers are complex, but most people with arranged overdrafts will end up paying more.

So it's worth seeing if you can switch current accounts. For smaller overdrafts, while it’s hiking charges new First Direct switchers get a free £50 and a £250 0% overdraft meaning if you’ve less than £300 it works. For larger Nationwide FlexDirect currently gives new switchers a 12 month 0% overdraft – while there’s no set limit, it can be large depending on your credit score – yet after the year it goes to 39.9% - so see that as your time to pay it off.

Pledge your time and help someone lonely with 1 Million Minutes

Matt Goss sings the Elvis Presley classic ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight?’ to support our #1MillionMinutes campaign.

Pledging your time can be as little as committing 60 minutes only to 2 hours a week, or 3 hours a month. Scroll down and sign up to the opportunity you want with the charity you want to volunteer with.

1 Million Minutes is our winter campaign to help raise awareness of loneliness in the UK through volunteering. So give the gift of time this Christmas. Pledge as little as 60 minutes of your time to help someone who is lonely with our 1 Million Minutes campaign.

This year our campaign is focusing on volunteering your time to help someone who is lonely through loss. Whether it's bereavement, separation, dementia, ill health or disability, we just want to help end loneliness with your help.

GMB have teamed up with six charities who all work with people who are lonely. Alzheimer's society, Grief Encounter, The Not Forgotten, The Silver Line, Re-engage (formerly Contact the Elderly) and the Princes Trust.

All you need to do is hit our pledge button below and tell us how much time you have to commit, then scroll down and sign up to the charity you want to volunteer with.