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Summary

  1. Election ends in hung Parliament: Conservatives win 318 seats, Labour 262
  2. PM confirms five top cabinet posts, including chancellor and foreign secretary
  3. Tories to form government with DUP to 'provide certainty' and keep country 'safe'
  4. Theresa May's government 'will carry on Brexit negotiations to existing timetable'
  5. Jeremy Corbyn hails Labour's 'incredible result' and calls for May to resign
  6. The Lib Dems' Tim Farron also calls on May to quit
  7. SNP will work with others to keep 'reckless' Tories out 'if at all possible'
  8. Paul Nuttall resigns as UKIP leader after the party won no seats

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  1. Europe leaders looking for a 'stable' UK prime minister

    Katya Adler

    Europe Editor

    Leaders in Europe do not want someone leading the Brexit negotiations who waivers.

    Any hesitation is costly for the UK too, because Brexit needs to happen within two years, including the divorce deal and trade agreeements.

    In Brussels, they would like a PM that is stable, but that doesn't mean they have a particular preference for Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn.

  2. Sterling regains some ground

    Chris Johnston

    Business reporter, BBC News

    Sterling has now regained a little ground to be trading at about $1.28 given the electoral uncertainty.

    Paul Hollingsworth, UK economist at Capital Economics, makes the point that if neither the Conservatives nor Labour can form a working government, we could be facing another general election.

    Given that Brexit talks are due to start on 19 June, the timing could not be worse, he says.

    Quote Message: Indeed, the big picture is that political uncertainty could take weeks or months to be resolved and it is likely to weigh on both financial markets - in particular the pound - and the economy, although it has proved resilient to political uncertainty in the recent past."
  3. Straw: Hung Parliament could lead to 'sensible' Brexit

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    JAck Straw

    Labour former home and foreign secretary Jack Straw says if the exit poll is right, it is to the "great personal credit" of Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.

    He says the Labour campaign had "great vigor and consistency", while Theresa May's "strong and stable" was replaced with "a weak and wobbly leader".

    The election has "been a disaster" for Theresa May, he says, but thinks a hung Parliament may lead to "more sensible negotiations" over Brexit.

  4. 'May won't be able to fight another election if hung parliament'

    Laura Kuenssberg

    BBC political editor

    Things are very, very dicey for Theresa May if the exit poll is correct.

    One senior Conservative party member has told me Mrs May is seen as having made mistakes during the campaign and "she will not be allowed to fight the next general election".

    If the Conservatives secure a majority of 30 or below, then she's very damaged by that.

    If she ends up with no overall majority she is very, very damaged, and even if that climbs up to 25 or 30 she's very tarnished.

    Remember, she didn't have to call this election.

  5. Curtice: Some better news for Tories in Houghton and Sunderland South

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    Prof John Curtice says: "According to the exit poll there should be a 4 point increase in the Conservative vote here, while Labour’s vote is expected to be up by 13 points. In practice, the Conservative vote is up by 11 points and the Labour vote by just 4.

    "The result is thus a much better result for the Conservatives than expected by the exit poll."

  6. Neil Hamilton: Theresa May's campaign was 'disastrous'

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    Neil Hamilton, UKIP leader in Wales, describes Theresa May's election campaign as "disastrous", claiming his party will "carve out a permanent niche" for itself in the future.

    He says he does not expect UKIP to win any seats.

    Nor does the exit poll.

  7. Where are we? The exit poll and first results

    A quick recap:

    • The Tories will be the largest party but may not have a majority, according to the general election exit poll
    • The survey suggests the Tories could get 314 MPs - down 17
    • Labour would get 266 - up 34
    • The Lib Dems would get 14 (up six), UKIP none and the SNP 34 (down 22)
    • The first two seats have declared. As expected Labour held Newcastle Central and Sunderland South, but with a smaller swing from the Tories than the exit poll suggested.
  8. Tory vote better' than poll in two declared seats - Kellner

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    Peter Kellner

    Following the declaration that Labour has held on to Houghton & Sunderland South, elections expert Peter Kelner comments that the Conservatives have done "substantially better" in that constituency than the exit poll predicted, and Labour has done substantially worse - despite, of course, winning both seats.

  9. Lib Dems definitively rule out coalition

    Tim Farron

    Definitely no coalition, say the Liberal Democrats.

    The party's press office has tweeted: "We are getting a lot of calls so just to be clear: No Coalition. No deals."