General Election 2017

A snap election will take place on June 8 2017

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General Election latest: Latest from crucial Bury seats

Ian Barber has the latest from Bury South and Bury North.

Election update: Quotes of the night so far

  • Former chancellor George Osborne, axed under Theresa May, said the exit poll indicated a "catastrophic" night for the Conservatives. He told ITV:

It is early days, it's a poll, if the poll is anything like accurate this is completely catastrophic for the Conservatives and for Theresa May

It's difficult to see, if these numbers are right, how they would put together the coalition to remain in office.

– George Osborne
  • Tory Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon told the BBC:

This is a projection, it's not a result. These exit polls have been wrong in the past.

– Sir Michael Fallon
  • Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said it was still early but told Sky News:

They have been right for the last 20 years or so, 30 years, so I think we're on the verge of a great result.

Just think only seven weeks ago the hubris of the Prime Minister who was 20 points ahead, who wanted to have a blank cheque, she wanted to do whatever she wanted with the country with Brexit, with the economy, with our National Health Service and we said no and we meant it.

– Emily Thornberry
  • Ukip leader Paul Nuttall wrote on Twitter:

If the exit poll is true then Theresa May has put Brexit in jeopardy. I said at the start this election was wrong. Hubris.

– Paul Nuttall
  • Former England striker and Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker, referring to Mrs May's decision to call a snap election, wrote on Twitter:

I think Theresa May has won own goal of the season.

– Gary Lineker
  • It was a theme picked up by Christopher Snowdon, the Spectator writer. Referring to an interview Mrs May gave earlier in the week, he wrote on Twitter:

This is a new contender for the naughtiest thing Theresa May has ever done.

– Christopher Snowdon



Breaking: Exit poll 'catastrophic' for Conservatives

Theresa May's gamble on a snap election looks set to cost her overall control of the House of Commons, according to an exit poll released after the June 8 general election.

The BBC/Sky/ITV poll suggested the UK was heading for a hung parliament, with Conservatives 12 seats short of the 326 they need for an absolute majority in the Commons.

The poll put Tories on 314 seats, with Labour on 266, the Scottish National Party on 34, Liberal Democrats on 14, Plaid Cymru on three and Greens on one.

Crash involving Tory 'strong and stable' ad van causes motorway tailbacks - and endless puns

Nobody was injured in the incident. Credit: Merseyside Police.

An advertising van for the Conservative party overturned on the M6 - prompting scores of tweets poking fun at the Prime Minister's 'strong and stable' campaign message.

Nobody was hurt when the vehicle turned on its side along the M6 northbound between Lymm and Woolston, Cheshire, on Wednesday morning.

It caused some tailbacks on the motorway but also led to endless puns on the Conservatives’ ‘strong and stable’ message.

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