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General Election 2017 live: Kensington Labour gain and all the latest updates from Saturday

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Britain went to the polls on Thursday June 8 for a snap general election called by Prime Minister Theresa May.

The last few weeks have been dominated by news of campaigning by leaders of the political parties as well as candidates in each constituency looking for your votes.

The Conservatives were unable to gain a majority, meaning there will be a hung parliament.

While most of the results have been announced for west London, voters had to wait until 9pm for the outcome in Kensington following recounts.

We will bring you the latest reaction and full results below.

    Petition gains more than 500,000 signatures

    More than half a million people have signed a petition against any deal between the Tories and the DUP.

    At the time of writing this, it has garnered 547,746 signatures.

    Authored by ‘Winston Churchill’ and hosted on Change.org, it was started on Friday (June 9).

    Man who said he would eat his book if Labour poll 38%...eats his book live on Sky news interview

    Scottish Minister 'bows out'

    Who are the DUP MPs?

    With the DUPs set to support Theresa May’s government, in order for her to form a majority she needs to govern, we take a look at who are the current MPs for the party.

    Ian Paisley jnr, MP for North Antrim

    Sammy Wilson, MP for East Antrim

    Paul Girvan, MP for South Antrim

    Nigel Dodds, MP for North Belfast

    Gavin Robinson, MP for East Belfast

    Emma Little-Pengelly, MP for South Belfast

    Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, MP for Lagan Valley

    Jim Shannon, MP for Strangford

    David Simpson, MP for Upper Bann

    Gregory Campbell, MP for East Londonderry

    Could Boris be next PM?

    In case you didn’t know, odds on the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to become the next Prime Minister have been slashed.

    The former Mayor of London was re-elected to the Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency yesterday.

    He started the night sitting at 66/1 odds of becoming the next leader of the UK as of 5.30pm on Thursday (June 8).

    But in just hours, he was in at a five to one chance according Bookies.

    PM aides' resignation 'the right thing'

    Mr Timothy's statement contd.

    Mr Timothy said: “Turning to the future, nothing matters more than the good government of the country.

    “The Brexit negotiations are due to begin, and if the United Kingdom is to get the right deal, there is no time to waste.

    “I hope the Conservative Party in Parliament gets behind the Prime Minister, and allows her the political space to negotiate that deal.

    “In the meantime, I want to place on record my sorrow for the Conservative Members of Parliament who lost their seats, several of whom are close friends.

    “I want to reaffirm my ongoing support for the Conservative Party and its principles.

    “And I want to encourage all Conservatives to come through this difficult period, unite behind the Prime Minister, and focus on the need to heal the divisions in our country.”

    Unexpected Labour surge to blame for 'disappointing' Conservative result

    An unexpected surge in support for the Labour Party was the reason for the Tories’ disappointing election result, said the former co-chief of staff to Theresa May.

    Nick Timothy, who stepped down from his role today following Tory calls for him to do so, also said the election campaign “failed to notice” this surge in his statement on the Conservative Home website.

    His statement reads: “I take responsibility for my part in this election campaign, which was the oversight of our policy programme.

    “In particular, I regret the decision not to include in the manifesto a ceiling as well as a floor in our proposal to help meet the increasing cost of social care.

    “But I would like to make clear that the bizarre media reports about my own role in the policy’s inclusion are wrong: it had been the subject of many months of work within Whitehall, and it was not my personal pet project.

    “I chose not to rebut these reports as they were published, as to have done so would have been a distraction for the campaign.

    “But I take responsibility for the content of the whole manifesto, which I continue to believe is an honest and strong programme for government.”

    Statement from Fiona Hill following resignation

    Fiona Hill has released a statement after stepping down as the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff.

    In it she praises Theresa May, who will “continue to serve and work hard as Prime Minister - and do it brilliantly.”

    The statement in full on the Conservative Home website reads: “It’s been a pleasure to serve in government, and a pleasure to work with such an excellent Prime Minister.

    “I have no doubt at all that Theresa May will continue to serve and work hard as Prime Minister – and do it brilliantly.”

    The final straw?

    Theresa May’s bad day yesterday was capped off by a Labour victory in Kensington by just 20 votes, announced late on Friday.

    Senior advisers quit

    Two of Theresa May’s closest advisers, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, have stepped down following calls from Tory MPs.

    Protests planned at Tory and DUP alliance

    A protest has already been planned at the proposed alliance between the Conservatives and the DUP.

    Campaign group Stand Up To Racism have organised organised one to be held at Downing Street, at 2pm on Saturday (June 10).

    A statement from the group reads: “After being profoundly rejected at the polls, Theresa May has announced her intention to continue pursing her anti-immigrant xenophobic hard-brexit program through an alliance with the DUP, a party notorious for its history of vicious sectarianism and bigotry

    “She also wasted no time in signalling her intention to crack down on civil liberties and whip up hostility to Muslims in the wake of the attacks in London and “Manchester.
    Join us on Saturday to send a clear message that we did not vote for this toxic agenda and we want a government which opposes racism, values diversity and recognises the rights of refugees and migrants.”

    Who will be Prime Minister then?

    If the Conservatives and DUP can work together successfully, it will be Theresa May as she is the leader of the largest party in Government.

    Simple, eh?

    Who are the DUP?

    Theresa May has announced she plans to work with the The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in order to form the majority government she needs.

    But who are they? Led by Arlene Foster, the DUP are a socially conservative unionist party and the largest one in Northern Ireland.

    Crucially, they are also the fifth largest party in Westminster with 10 seats - which would push the Tories over the line to form a majority government.

    The party supported the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union but has been widely seen to support a ‘softer’ Brexit because of its wish to avoid a ‘hard’ border with the Republic of Ireland.

    But the party does have a range of controversial views - it is anti-abortion, opposed to gay marriage and some of its MPs have shown a sceptical attitude towards climate change and called for the return of the death penalty.

    It also differs considerably from a number of Tory policies -including a wish to remain the triple lock for pensions and keep the winter fuel allowance unchanged.

    What is a hung parliament?

    We know you’re all asking it - what exactly is a hung parliament? What happens next? Who will be Prime Minister?

    Although Conservatives are the largest party, they haven’t won an overall majority, which would be 326 seats.

    They fell just short gaining 318 seats - 8 short.

    This means they would have to form a coalition with the backing of other smaller parties - in this case, the DUP, who have 10 seats.

    The last time hung parliament happened was in 2010, which led to the Tories and the Lib Dems forming a coalition.

    And we're back

    Good afternoon Get West London! We’re back to bring you further updates on, and reaction to, yesterday’s shock election result, which saw an historic result for the Labour Party in an incredibly close run count in Kensington, the Conservative Party lose their majority in Parliament and Prime Minister Theresa May announce her party plans to work with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to try and form a majority government.

    We're calling it a day

    The Kensington result means all 650 seats are finally in,and with that we’re wrapping up this blog

    The Conservatives remain the largest party, but their majority is gone and parliament is hung.

    It’s been an extraordinary 24 hours or so.

    We’ve seen the Return of the Zac, while Labour MPs were reelected across west London.

    Some areas in London remained blue, with Greg Hands retaining Chelsea and Fulham, and Boris Johnson keeping his Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat.

    Thanks for being with us.

    Ps - Who’s to say we won’t be doing this all again later this year?

    Recap on Labour's stunning Kensington victory

    Read our report on Emma Dent Coad’s ‘historic and sensational victory’.

    Kensington results

    Emma Dent Coad (Lab) 16,333

    Victoria Borwick (Con) 16,313

    Annabel Mullin (LD) 4,724

    Jennifer Nadel (Green) 767

    James Torrance (Ind) 393

    Peter Marshall (Ind) 98

    You can't get much closer

    Both Labour and Conservatives polled 42.2% of the vote.

    How close is that?

    Labour defeated the Conservatives by 20 votes, with a 63.8 turnout. Wowsers, that’s close!

    Labour gain Kensington from Conservatives

    Emma Dent Coad has created history in Kensington, winning the seat for Labour for the first time ever.

    How tight will it be in Kensington?

    While Kensington goes down to the wire, there were plenty of slim majorities in constituencies up and down Britain.

    In North East Fife, the SNP clung onto power by just TWO votes.

    Closer to home, Zac Goldsmith provided Conservatives with a rare reason to celebrate when he won back Richmond Park with just 45 votes.

    How close will it be in Kensington?

    What is John Cleese thinking right now?

    Last month the Monty Python legend and self-proclaimed Tory averse said Kensington was such a Conservative safe-seat he would not be bothering to vote!

    If you’re reading this Mr Cleese... did you vote?!

    Hammersmith support

    MP Andy Slaughter is in Kensington to support his Labour colleague Emma Dent Coad.

    He held on to his seat in Hammersmith.

    Why the wait

    In case you’re wondering why we’re still waiting for the Kensington result, counting was suspended following two recounts on Friday morning.

    Count no 3 should be underway now, with Labour’s Emma Dent Coad appearing to be on the cusp hoping for a historic victory in the Tory safe seat.

    Patience Jon, patience

    The final countdown

    Put away your air guitars. We’re not going to play Europe’s seminal 1980s masterpiece.

    But 6pm has passed, which means the recount at Kensington, the last seat to be called in the 2017 General Election, is underway!

    Seats which changed hands

    While we wait for the recount to resume in Kensington, here’s a look at the seats that changed hands.

    Not long now

    Less than 90 minutes until the recount for Kensington begins.

    Of course, we’ll be bringing you live updates as we get it

    While we wait on Kensington, here's the overall state of play

    Who are 'the kingmakers' ?

    With the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) set to be the kingmakers with Tories in the new hung Parliament, we take at the party Prime Minister Theresa may has jumped into bed with.

    Kensington recount latest

    This is what Labour hopeful for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad, tweeted this afternoon:

    Theresa May's statement in full

    And here is Theresa May’s statement in full following her speech outside Downing Street this afternoon

    "The country needs certainty"

    While speaking after her meeting with the Queen, Mrs May also said:

    The government I lead will put fairness and opportunity at the heart of everything we do so that we will fulfil the promise of Brexit together and over the next five years build a country in which no-one and no community is left behind, a country in which prosperity and opportunity are shared across this United Kingdom.

    What the country needs more than ever is certainty and having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the General Election it is clear that only the Conservative and Unionist party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons

    “As we do, we will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist party in particular.

    “Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom.

    “This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal that works for everyone in this country, securing a new partnership with the EU which guarantees our long-term prosperity.

    “That’s what people voted for last June, that’s what we will deliver.

    "Now let's get to work"

    Theresa May ended her speech with “now let’s get to work”

    "Work to keep nation safe"

    Mrs May continued:

    This government will guide the country through the crucial Brexit talks that begin in just 10 days and deliver on the will of the British people by taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union.

    It will work to keep our nation safe and secure by delivering the change that I set out following the appalling attacks in Manchester and London.


    Work with 'DUP'

    May went on to say she is confident Tories can work together with DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) in “interests of the whole UK”

    Theresa May's speech

    Speaking outside of Downing Street, Theresa May said:

    I will now form a government.

    A government that will provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country.

    This government will guide the country through the crucial Brexit talks that begin in just 10 days.

    Kensington recount - what we know so far

    Here is what we know about the Kensington recount so far

    A third recount has been asked for.

    The count was suspended earlier this morning for staff to ‘rest and recuperate’.

    The count is set to resume at 6pm.

    Frustrating time for Labour in Kensington

    Speaking to Getwestlondon, Labour candidate Emma Dent Coad said:

    It is frustrating, particularly as I won the first round, I won the first count, which was challenged, and I won the second count, which was then challenged, and then we started a third count, and then they suspended it.

    Council statement

    A statement on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea website said:

    The count for the Kensington Constituency for the 2017 general election will recommence in the Great Hall at Kensington Town Hall at 6pm today (Friday 9 June) and details will be posted on our website and on social media.

    Kensington recount to resume tonight

    Following the suspension of the Kensington recount, counting is due to resume at 6pm tonight

    May's off to the Queen

    Theresa May has just left Downing Street to meet the Queen


    Recap

    We’re still waiting for a full set of results in west London, with no sign of Kensington being announced any time soon.

    But here is a recap of the results we do know.

    Mainly, things remained much the same, with Labour bringing in more votes than it did two years ago.

    Vince Cable took back control of Twickenham with the Liberal Democrats and Zac Goldsmith continued his political comeback fight with a win in Richmond Park.

    Labour's Seema Malhotra is elected for Feltham and Heston

    What's happening in Kensington?

    Still no official word from Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on the Kensington recount, but its Twitter feed has posted about a plants and seedlings stall!

    A third recount will take place “as soon as possible” after counting staff have had a chance to “rest and recuperate”, the constituency’s returning officer said.

    Results for the London seat, which was won by the Conservatives in 2015, remained “very close” after the second recount.

    What to do now?

    For those of you suffering election fatigue, disappointed with the result, want to move on from politics, or simply looking for something fun to do, there is loads going on this weekend.

    Head here for our guide on events throughout the capital this weekend including the Colour Ru, World Naked Bike Ride and a gin celebration!

    Why not get involved in a fun charity colour run this September?

    Paul Nuttall quits

    After Ukip failed to gain a single seat in Westminster - and with Mr Nuttall coming third in Boston and Skegness - he opted to leave his position, telling reporters: “A new era must begin with a new leader.”

    He said he had left the foundations for the new leader to build on and ensured that the party was “still on the pitch”.

    And he insisted Ukip was “more relevant than ever” and would play the role in the coming months of the “guard dogs of Brexit”.

    UKIP leader resigns

    Paul Nuttall has resigned as UKIP leader after his party failed to gain a single seat in Westminster

    Queen visit

    It is understood Theresa May is to meet the Queen at 12.30pm to discuss the outcome of the result

    The Queen has called all staff to Buckingham Palace for a emergency meeting (Image: Getty Images/ Stuart C. Wilson)

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