The first exit poll has put the Conservatives surprisingly far ahead on 316 seats, Labour on 239 and a near enough white-wash for the SNP in Scotland on 58. Paddy Ashdown says he’ll eat his hat if this is correct. Alistair Campbell will eat his kilt.
That’s all from us tonight folks. We’ll be providing updates over the coming days as the results sink in and new coalition’s are created.
Nuneaton 2010: 4% Tory win Predicted: 4% Lab win Result: 11% Tory win
— May2015 Election (@May2015NS) May 8, 2015
Nuneaton – Conservative hold.
Alex Salmond has suggested that David Cameron may have no legitimacy in Scotland if these predictions come true.
— Wessex Scene (@WessexScene) May 8, 2015
ITV News calling Nuneaton for the Tories
— Tamara Cohen (@tamcohen) May 8, 2015
BBC Generation 2015 featuring again on BBC. Young UKIP supporter says that the exit polls don’t appear accurate and it’s too close to call. Lib Dem voter ‘can’t quite believe it’ with the polls.
Alex Salmond arriving at the count in Aberdeen. Meanwhile Labour hold Wrexham.
From my post-vote poll: those who decided how to vote in the last month: pic.twitter.com/qgKEOemMS4
— Lord Ashcroft (@LordAshcroft) May 8, 2015
Battersea – Conservative hold, with the Tories increasing their share of the vote.
Tooting next to declare – Labour hold for Sadiq Khan, but only just.
According to rumours Farage may not have won in South Thanet. According to Dimbleby, Farage had said this would mean he was ‘toast’. Then Dimbles quickly backtracked from such slanderous accusations. Nobody’s toast. Steady on Dimbles.
Putney – Conservative hold. UKIP the largest surge with Lib Dems dropping down 11 percentage points.
Alan Johnson on BBC saying its surprising that the exit poll is so different from all the pre-election polls. Watch this space…
Labour saying BBC forecasting the Greens to gain Norwich South “looks well wide of the mark”. Keep up to date here: http://t.co/94PyeOZDdQ
— Matt Dathan (@matt_dathan) May 7, 2015
Danish premier Helle Thorning Schmidt is present at the count in Aberavon with her husband Stephen Kinnock. Time for a bit of Borgen?
Swindon North – Conservative hold.
Labour candidates have allegedly ‘given up’ in Paisley
REPORT: SNP says Labour ‘have given up’ in Paisley North
— THE FRONT PAGES (@Independent_SCO) May 7, 2015
— Bob (@DamnYou15s) May 7, 2015
Jeremy Vine currently going through all the various seats Labour needed to win. Interestingly, Greens forecast to gain a seat in Norwich South.
Another video which might explain the poor predictions for Labour this evening:
More from our student media comrades:
— sarah (@sneweyy) May 7, 2015
I’m most skeptical of the exit poll claim that LibDems will be down to just 10 seats. Their vote hard to pick up without constituency data.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) May 7, 2015
BBC analysing the losses for Labour in Scotland. SNP presenting themselves as the socially progressive party north of the border. Read more on this from Pandeia here: http://pandeia.eu/uk-election-2015/how-labour-lost-scotland/
The good news tonight is Daniel Sturridge is expected to be fully fit in time for the next election
— Stephen Davies (@RushianLFC) May 7, 2015
— The Linc (@thelinc) May 7, 2015
Ed Balls saying that despite the exit polls, it would still be difficult for David Cameron to form a majority.
— Carl McQueen (@MrCarlMcQueen) May 7, 2015
Ed Balls tells BBC to “spend less time on Twitter”. Getting a bit sassy #GE2015 ~MB
— Varsity (@VarsityUK) May 7, 2015
Sunderland West – Labour hold. UKIP again increasing their share of the vote massively.
Following the early set of predictions, some are feeling less than chipper about tonight:
I think the internet will be hard pressed to do better than this tonight. pic.twitter.com/YjYWpkLvT5
— Aussie Girl (@MissCranky) May 7, 2015
More football references…
2-0 is a dangerous lead.
— William Abbs (@WilliamAbbs) May 7, 2015
Sunderland Central – Labour hold.
BBC now speaking to young people from their BBC Generation 2015 campaign.
Foreigners tracking the UK election on Twitter be warned: the Brits you follow will shortly be moving from tipsy to argumentatively drunk.
— David Steven (@davidsteven) May 7, 2015
SNP are talking down the poll results. Sturgeon and Humza Yousef have questioned whether the SNP can take 58 out of 59 seats north of the border.
Alistair Campbell questioning the accuracy of the polls on BBC. Although he admits the SNP have done very well.
Apropos of very little, exit polls’ effect on exchange rates have boosted Chelsea’s transfer budget from €175.5m to €178.1m (£130m) #GE2015
— Jake Cohen (@JakeFCohen) May 7, 2015
Stronger line from Labour now: “We are sceptical of the BBC poll. It looks wrong to us.”
— Emily Ashton (@elashton) May 7, 2015
Sunderland the first to announce – Labour hold. UKIP come in second and Lib Dems last.
Not for the first time this season, Sunderland have missed the target. Only this time it’s vote counting.
Small victories for Labour supporters. Worth a tenner?
— Coral (@Coral) May 7, 2015
No fucking way is he eating me
— Paddy Ashdown’s Hat (@paddys_hat) May 7, 2015
Paddy Ashdown has said he’ll eat his hat if the exit poll is correct.
Four minute warning. Sunderland about to announce the first result of the night. Usually a safe Labour seat. One down…?
Labour wags: “Are you going to the official Labour Party staff thing?” “Definitely. I haven’t been to a wake for ages.”
— Political Scrapbook (@PSbook) May 7, 2015
We can only assume this advert explains the predicted drop in Labour support:
First exit poll says LibDems 10 seats. YouGov says 31 seats. This is what betting markets said yesterday: pic.twitter.com/um0lPA0IfN
— sportingintelligence (@sportingintel) May 7, 2015
If Google searches decided elections, it would probably look a little bit like this:
Paxman rides to the rescue and reminds everyone that polls often get it wrong. Usually the bookies get it right. So who’s your money on?
Hello and welcome to Pandeia’s coverage of the general election 2015! We’ll be doing our best to make a dreary evening thoroughly interesting and a great deal more fun. Stay tuned.
David Mitchell’s beard looking lovely this eve.