General Election 2019: How the night unfolded at counts across the West Country

Voters have cast their ballots in what has been billed as the most important General Election in a generation.

The contest is the first to be held in December in nearly 100 years: the last general election held in December was in 1923.

The 2019 election follows polls in 2015 and 2017.

Polling stations in 650 constituencies across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland opened their doors at 7am before the 10pm cut off on Thursday.

We will bring you the latest updates as the results come in overnight. Credit: PA

ITV News West Country reporters were at a number of counts across the West Country overnight.

We will be sharing the very latest updates from across the region below - including results, reaction and analysis.

Here's how the evening played out across our battlegrounds:

  • 2.34pm - St Ives becomes the final seat in the country to declare, and stays with the Conservatives.

  • 2.30pm - The last one standing, our reporter Steve Hardy is at the St Ives count, the final seat in the country to be declared.

  • 8.00am - A summary of results (and the one seat left to declare!) from our news room:

  • 7.00am - The West Country wakes up to a Conservative majority. Our political correspondent David Wood has the full round-up:

  • 6.52am - 'Almost everyone has gone now' at Bodmin Leisure Centre

  • 6.36am - 'Nothing has changed'

  • 6.12am - Sarah Wollaston on losing her seat

  • 5.45am - It was a long night for our reporter Ken Goodwin in Cheltenham with various re-counts

  • 3.57am - Counts continue to declare across the West Country

The latest count to declare - Totnes - is a Conservative hold, though it's a slightly unusual one.

Sarah Wollaston was elected as the Conservative MP in 2017 but switched allegiance to the Liberal Democrats earlier this year.

The Conservatives have now elected Anthony Mangnall - meaning the party has held on to the constituency, despite the change in candidate.

  • 3.30am - 'Jeremy Corbyn will resign'

Labour candidate Luke Pollard, who is standing in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, said he expects leader Jeremy Corbyn to resign in the coming days following tonight's results.

Pollard - who is seeking re-election - said the Labour Party needs a "new generation" of leadership.

  • Liberal Democrats' morale low

  • 2.40am - Newton Abbot result

And it's a Conservative hold for Anne Marie Morris.

For the latest results in the West Country, click here.

  • 2.35am - Cheltenham to declare in '45 minutes or so'

  • 2.26am - Truro and Falmouth and Swindon South declare

Counts in the West Country are now starting to declare.

In the last few minutes, we've had results in Truro and Falmouth and Swindon South.

Both have been held by the Conservatives.

For the latest results in the West Country, click here.

  • 2.14am - Truro and Falmouth result expected

  • 2am - Jacob Rees-Mogg arrives in North East Somerset

It's been some time since Mr Rees-Mogg has appeared in front of the media - but here he is, at the count in North East Somerset.

No indication just yet on when the constituency is expected to declare.

  • 1.54am - Bristol West result expected in next hour

Charanpreet Khaira, who is at the Bristol West count, says a result is expected within the next hour.

  • 1.25am - weather disruption in Cornwall

A Cornish constituency could be one of the last in the UK to declare because of high tide and bad weather.

The St Ives constituency was expected to declare at around 5am on Friday, December 13.

Now, Cornwall Council officials have warned that a combination of atrocious weather and high tides could mean the results for Penzance, Penwith, Helston and Isles of Scilly might have to wait until daybreak.

  • 1am - Voter turnout on the up

A number of counts have seen a rise in voter turnout, including Bristol North West, Truro and Falmouth and Filton and Bradley Stoke.

  • 00.48am - Pantomime Dame contesting Exeter seat

It may have been Pantomime season for months inside Westminster – but for the first time, an actual Pantomime Dame is standing for election.

Dame Belladone is taking time out from terrorising Snow White at the Exeter Corn Exchange to attempt to become Exeter’s MP.

Our reporter Richard Lawrence, who is at the count in Exeter, has tweeted to confirm the Dame's arrival.

  • 00.31am - Swindon North result

  • 00.25am - Ben Bradshaw blames Labour leadership

Labour's Ben Bradshaw has tweeted his thoughts on tonight's exit poll predictions - suggesting the party's leadership is to blame, not Brexit.

  • 00.01am - Ballot boxes arrive at counts

A number of West Country counts have now received their ballot boxes, including Taunton Deane, Bristol East and West and North Cornwall and South East Cornwall.

  • 11.50pm - Alfie the cat in attendance in South Somerset

We've had a day of #dogsatpollingstations - but now it looks like it's over to the cats.

South Somerset District Council have confirmed Alfie the cat is in attendance for their count.

Wonder who he's backing...

  • 11.30pm - False alarm in Cheltenham

Nothing to worry about in Cheltenham - fire alarm was a false alarm!

Normal service has resumed and votes are being counted.

  • 11.25pm - Fire alarm disrupts Cheltenham count

  • 11.20pm - ‘Exit poll larger than Conservative Party could have dreamed of’

Judging by the exit poll, the West Country is likely to have voted overwhelmingly for the Conservatives again in this election, writes Political Correspondent David Wood.

Last time, around half of votes in our part of the world went to the Tories and that number looks like it'll increase this time round.

The suggested majority for the Tories in the exit poll is far larger than the party could have dreamed of and the party had been nervous in the West Country.

Click here to read David's reaction piece in full here.

  • 10.07pm - Exit Poll predicts Conservative majority

Boris Johnson's Conservatives are on course to win the 2019 General Election with a large majority, the joint BBC/ITV News/Sky Exit Poll has forecast.

The Tories are predicted to win 368 seats - a majority of 86 - while Labour tumble to 191 seats, their worst result since 1935.

Click here to read more on this.

  • 9.55pm - Watch ITV News' General Election results coverage live below