Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Conservatives Crush Labour in UK Landslide (w/ Updates)

 

Polls in the UK closed at 10 p.m. local time (5 p.m. ET). As results come in from the crucial vote, we’ll keep you posted here. If the exit polls are correct, this will be the worst Labour Party result since 1924.

6:37 p.m. (ET): Only three ridings have reported their votes, all of which have been strong Labour supporters. One of these, Blyth Valley, has switched to the Conservatives. This indicates a surprisingly strong CON showing elsewhere.

7:35 p.m. (ET): Votes coming in very slowly. So far, CON has two seats, LAB has five.

8:34 p.m. (ET): The Scottish National Party gets one on the board. The totals so far…

  • CON – 8
  • LAB – 11
  • SNP – 1

The Tories have so far swung three constituencies from Labour to Conservative. One of those was Workington, a “quintessential safe Labour seat.” The SNP also took a seat from Labour.

9:02 p.m. (ET): Updated totals…

  • CON – 20
  • LAB – 22
  • SNP – 3

Labour has lost five seats to CON and two seats to SNP.

9:30 p.m. (ET): Conservatives tie it up.

  • CON – 90
  • LAB – 78
  • SNP – 16
  • SF – 4
  • LD – 3
  • Other – 4

Labour down eight seats, Conservatives up six.

10:00 p.m. (ET): And Conservatives take the lead.

  • CON – 45
  • LAB – 45
  • SNP – 6
  • PC – 1
  • Other – 3

Labour down 21 seats, Conservatives up 17.

10:30 p.m. (ET):

  • CON – 156
  • LAB – 109
  • SNP – 21
  • LD – 6
  • DUP – 5
  • Other – 10

11:00 p.m. (ET): Conservatives need 326 seats to win, the BBC now projects they will take 365. Here’s where the vote stands now:

  • CON – 214 (+32)
  • LAB – 143 (-43)
  • SNP – 34 (+11)
  • LD – 7
  • DUP – 5
  • Other – 11

The Tories continue to take Labour strongholds, including some constituencies who haven’t voted Conservative for a century.

11:30 p.m. (ET): Conservatives need 326 seats to win, the BBC now projects they will take 365. Here’s where the vote stands now:

  • CON – 265 (+38)
  • LAB – 180 (-50)
  • SNP – 41 (+12)
  • LD – 7 (-)
  • DUP – 5 (-2)
  • Other – 13

The Tories continue to take Labour strongholds, including some constituencies who haven’t voted Conservative for a century.

12:10 p.m. (ET): It is official! Conservatives needed 326 seats to control Parliament and they have them. BBC projects that they will win 365 total, but here’s where the vote stands now:

  • CON – 331 (+43)
  • LAB – 197 (-55)
  • SNP – 45 (+12)
  • LD – 8 (-)
  • DUP – 8 (-2)
  • Other – 14

 

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  1. Skyler Coolidge

    Did Brexit get zero because they all voted conservative as a strategy, or are they bailing on the Brexit party?

    • #1
    • December 12, 2019, at 2:25 PM PST
    • 3 likes
  2. Skyler Coolidge

    And now, will Boris follow through, or will he be like the republicans and find excuses not to do what the election was about?

    • #2
    • December 12, 2019, at 2:26 PM PST
    • 4 likes
  3. E. Kent Golding Member

    Skyler (View Comment):

    And now, will Boris follow through, or will he be like the republicans and find excuses not to do what the election was about?

    Not sure if Boris will have the power to follow through, but he is smart enough, and willful enough to try.

    • #3
    • December 12, 2019, at 2:30 PM PST
    • 2 likes
  4. Cato Rand Coolidge

    Skyler (View Comment):

    Did Brexit get zero because they all voted conservative as a strategy, or are they bailing on the Brexit party?

    I think Farage pulled out of any district with a conservative candidate committed to Johnson’s Brexit deal. The Brexit party basically cleared the path for the Torys as the best path to getting Brexit accomplished.

    From The Atlantic:

    When Britons go to the polls today, Nigel Farage won’t be on any of the ballots. Many of the prospective candidates for his nascent Brexit Party won’t be featured, either. At the start of this election campaign, the arch–Brexit supporter announced that he and his party would stand aside to help Prime Minister Boris Johnson secure a governing majority—and, crucially to Farage, finally “get Brexit done.”

    • #4
    • December 12, 2019, at 2:33 PM PST
    • 20 likes
  5. Cato Rand Coolidge

    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    Skyler (View Comment):

    And now, will Boris follow through, or will he be like the republicans and find excuses not to do what the election was about?

    Not sure if Boris will have the power to follow through, but he is smart enough, and willful enough to try.

    All the conservative MPs have pledged to back his deal. Never say never, but all indications are that this will mean Brexit gets done, probably by January 31.

    • #5
    • December 12, 2019, at 2:34 PM PST
    • 10 likes
  6. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    This is a huge win for Boris Johnson who is firmly committed to Brexit as soon as possible. There is no other way to view this victory. The BBC is saying this is the biggest Tory win since Margaret Thatcher. However, we need to remember the results we are seeing at this point are strictly from exit polls. No actual results have come in yet. Keep your fingers crossed. 

    • #6
    • December 12, 2019, at 2:35 PM PST
    • 12 likes
  7. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHillJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    This is the swing according to the exit polls:

     

    • #7
    • December 12, 2019, at 2:38 PM PST
    • 6 likes
  8. Charles Mark Member
    Charles MarkJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Labour allowed itself to be infiltrated by the hard left and is paying the price. Simple as that. 

    • #8
    • December 12, 2019, at 2:40 PM PST
    • 11 likes
  9. Skyler Coolidge

    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):

    This is a huge win for Boris Johnson who is firmly committed to Brexit as soon as possible. There is no other way to view this victory. The BBC is saying this is the biggest Tory win since Margaret Thatcher. However, we need to remember the results we are seeing at this point are strictly from exit polls. No actual results have come in yet. Keep your fingers crossed.

    Tory win? Are you saying the Tories are the Conservative Party? Wow, 35 years of confusion is erased. I always get so confused by Brit politics and that’s been why. I couldn’t understand why conservatives were always supporting the Tories.

    • #9
    • December 12, 2019, at 2:44 PM PST
    • 5 likes
  10. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHillJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Remember, this is a hand count. The UK still uses paper ballots and the real results won’t be known until about 6am (1am ET / 10 pm PT).

    Pound Sterling is up on the exit poll.

    • #10
    • December 12, 2019, at 2:48 PM PST
    • 11 likes
  11. Joseph Stanko Coolidge
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    Charles Mark (View Comment):

    Labour allowed itself to be infiltrated by the hard left and is paying the price. Simple as that.

    One wonders if the DNC is following the results from across the pond and starting to have second thoughts about nominating a Sanders or Warren next year…

    • #11
    • December 12, 2019, at 2:55 PM PST
    • 7 likes
  12. Cato Rand Coolidge

    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    Charles Mark (View Comment):

    Labour allowed itself to be infiltrated by the hard left and is paying the price. Simple as that.

    One wonders if the DNC is following the results from across the pond and starting to have second thoughts about nominating a Sanders or Warren next year…

    If I’m a dem and watching this I’m getting nervous. Of course I have the capacity for self-reflection and at least a modest amount of humility. Not sure what the actual dems are going to think.

    • #12
    • December 12, 2019, at 3:09 PM PST
    • 20 likes
  13. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):
    One wonders if the DNC is following the results from across the pond and starting to have second thoughts about nominating a Sanders or Warren next year…

    I was thinking the same thing. The Brits are more liberal than we are in many ways, but it looks like reason is at last prevailing. Can we hope for the same thing here in 2020? 

    • #13
    • December 12, 2019, at 3:12 PM PST
    • 5 likes
  14. Charles Mark Member
    Charles MarkJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    Charles Mark (View Comment):

    Labour allowed itself to be infiltrated by the hard left and is paying the price. Simple as that.

    One wonders if the DNC is following the results from across the pond and starting to have second thoughts about nominating a Sanders or Warren next year…

    Fair point but Sanders and Warren are moderate compared to Corbyn. 

    • #14
    • December 12, 2019, at 3:15 PM PST
    • 3 likes
  15. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    Skyler (View Comment):
    Tory win? Are you saying the Tories are the Conservative Party? Wow, 35 years of confusion is erased. I always get so confused by Brit politics and that’s been why. I couldn’t understand why conservatives were always supporting the Tories.

    For your edification: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-30899534

    • #15
    • December 12, 2019, at 3:17 PM PST
    • 2 likes
  16. C. U. Douglas Thatcher
    C. U. DouglasJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Wait? You mean Alan Moore didn’t swing the vote to Labour?

    • #16
    • December 12, 2019, at 3:32 PM PST
    • 3 likes
  17. Cato Rand Coolidge

    Charles Mark (View Comment):

    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    Charles Mark (View Comment):

    Labour allowed itself to be infiltrated by the hard left and is paying the price. Simple as that.

    One wonders if the DNC is following the results from across the pond and starting to have second thoughts about nominating a Sanders or Warren next year…

    Fair point but Sanders and Warren are moderate compared to Corbyn.

    Corbyn skates the line of being an outright traitor.

    • #17
    • December 12, 2019, at 3:47 PM PST
    • 8 likes
  18. Mr Nick Member

    For what it is worth, while polling in both the US and the UK has taken a battering in recent election cycles, the exit polling here in the UK has been pretty accurate. My impression-from-afar is that those from the US have not…

    So, if they are anywhere near the usual standard of correctness, socialism has had a real pasting tonight for which we can all be grateful.

    Then again, if you were worried about capital flight you would want to rig the exit poll, but not even I am that paranoid.

     

    • #18
    • December 12, 2019, at 3:53 PM PST
    • 12 likes
  19. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHillJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Nice commie you got there…

     

    • #19
    • December 12, 2019, at 4:02 PM PST
    • 6 likes
  20. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    Cato Rand (View Comment):
    Corbyn skates the line of being an outright traitor.

    Ha. That explains the reason AOC has endorsed him. 

    • #20
    • December 12, 2019, at 4:09 PM PST
    • 13 likes
  21. E. Kent Golding Member

    Cato Rand (View Comment):

    Charles Mark (View Comment):

    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    Charles Mark (View Comment):

    Labour allowed itself to be infiltrated by the hard left and is paying the price. Simple as that.

    One wonders if the DNC is following the results from across the pond and starting to have second thoughts about nominating a Sanders or Warren next year…

    Fair point but Sanders and Warren are moderate compared to Corbyn.

    Corbyn skates the line of being an outright traitor.

    And Warren and Sanders are different how?

    • #21
    • December 12, 2019, at 4:34 PM PST
    • 4 likes
  22. Kozak Member
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    • #22
    • December 12, 2019, at 4:43 PM PST
    • 9 likes
  23. TGR9898 Coolidge

    Cato Rand (View Comment):

    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    Charles Mark (View Comment):

    Labour allowed itself to be infiltrated by the hard left and is paying the price. Simple as that.

    One wonders if the DNC is following the results from across the pond and starting to have second thoughts about nominating a Sanders or Warren next year…

    If I’m a dem and watching this I’m getting nervous. Of course I have the capacity for self-reflection and at least a modest amount of humility. Not sure what the actual dems are going to think.

    They think they know what’s best for everyone and that disagreement is heresy 

    • #23
    • December 12, 2019, at 4:49 PM PST
    • 3 likes
  24. Old Bathos Moderator

    I hope the USA follows this example and votes down whatever Commie the Dems nominate.

    • #24
    • December 12, 2019, at 4:55 PM PST
    • 9 likes
  25. Charles Mark Member
    Charles MarkJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    Cato Rand (View Comment):

    Charles Mark (View Comment):

    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    Charles Mark (View Comment):

    Labour allowed itself to be infiltrated by the hard left and is paying the price. Simple as that.

    One wonders if the DNC is following the results from across the pond and starting to have second thoughts about nominating a Sanders or Warren next year…

    Fair point but Sanders and Warren are moderate compared to Corbyn.

    Corbyn skates the line of being an outright traitor.

    And Warren and Sanders are different how?

    Corbyn has allowed antisemitism to flourish in his Party and has struck fear into the hearts of British Jews; has referred to Hamas and Hezbollah as his “friends”; has taken money from the Iranian propaganda Channel Press TV; has laid a wreath at a monument to people involved in the Munich Olympics massacre; has supported the IRA, Gadaffi and a myriad of other leftist despots; has economic policies that would make Maduro blush and has destroyed a once-noble Party and deprived the UK of a competitive Parliament for five years at least. I could go on. 

    • #25
    • December 12, 2019, at 5:02 PM PST
    • 5 likes
  26. Weeping Member

    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):

    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):
    One wonders if the DNC is following the results from across the pond and starting to have second thoughts about nominating a Sanders or Warren next year…

    I was thinking the same thing. The Brits are more liberal than we are in many ways, but it looks like reason is at last prevailing. Can we hope for the same thing here in 2020?

    I hope so.

     

    • #26
    • December 12, 2019, at 5:15 PM PST
    • 5 likes
  27. ToryWarWriter Thatcher

    Boris is the type who wants his place in history.

    Getting the UK out of Brexit will make him at least on par with Thatcher.

    Breaking his word will make him another Heath. Whos that? Yeah. Exactly.

    • #27
    • December 12, 2019, at 5:18 PM PST
    • 16 likes
  28. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    Here is a UK general election results interactive map, refreshed every 15 minutes, you can toggle between 2017 results and the 2019 results as they come in.

    • #28
    • December 12, 2019, at 5:20 PM PST
    • 7 likes
  29. Locke On Member

    Another at the Guardian. Yeah, I know, but it’s a good piece of work, and you can watch the Labourites cry on the related live-blog.

    • #29
    • December 12, 2019, at 5:23 PM PST
    • 7 likes
  30. Joseph Stanko Coolidge
    Joseph StankoJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):
    Breaking his word will make him another Heath. Whos that? Yeah. Exactly.

    I know him, he’s the guy from the Beatles’ song:

    Don’t ask me what I want it for
    (Haha, Mr. Wilson)
    If you don’t want to pay some more
    (Haha, Mr. Heath)

    ‘Cause I’m the taxman
    Yeah, I’m the taxman

    • #30
    • December 12, 2019, at 5:28 PM PST
    • 7 likes

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