The UK’s first December election since 1923 is looking to be a huge success for the Conservative Party. The official exit poll revealed a majority of 86 for the Tories – the largest since 1987.
What was the turnout for the 2019 election?
The full result of the voter turnout for the 2019 election is not out yet.
However, early indications suggest it is down on two years ago.
At the time of writing, 561 constituency results out of the 650 seats up for grabs have been announced.
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The turnout stood at 66.7 percent, down 1.8 percent on 2017.
Figures from the House of Commons Library show how general election turnout has fluctuated since 1918.
At the most recent election in 2017 the turnout was 68.8 percent, marking the fourth successive poll in which it increased.
The highest turnouts seen in the UK came in 1950 and 1951 at 83.9 percent and 82.6 percent respectively.
These are the only occasions when the figure has climbed above 80 percent.
Who will win?
According to the exit poll, commissioned for the BBC, ITV and Sky News by Ipsos MORI, the Tories are on track for an outright majority.
A landslide Conservative win would mark the ultimate failure of opponents of Brexit who plotted to thwart the 2016 referendum.
The exit poll showed the Conservatives winning a landslide 368 seats, more than enough for a comfortable majority in the 650-seat Parliament.
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The poll suggests the Labour Party win 191 seats.
This result would be the biggest Conservative victory since 1987 and Labour’s worst result since 1935.
Labour has also been dealt another blow, by losing some of its frontbench team now.
Sue Hayman – the party’s shadow environment secretary – has lost to the Conservatives in Workington.
The shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman has lost to the Tories in Darlington too.
The SNP is forecast to win 55 seats, the Liberal Democrats 13, Plaid Cymru three and the Green Party one.
The Brexit Party is not forecast to win any seats.
However, the exit poll is a way of forecasting what may happen in the general election, after voting ends but before the results are known.
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