Election 2017: Candidates share their thoughts from Waltham Forest Town Hall


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As results come trickling through across the country, candidates including Iain Duncan-Smith and John Cryer have shared their thoughts on the exit polls.

Early results after the exit poll puts the Conservative party just short of the magic number needed to ensure a majority in the House of Commons.

It projects the Conservatives will get 314 seats, Labour on 266, the Scottish National Party with 34 seats, the Liberal Democrats with 14 and other parties including Plaid Cymru are predicted to get 22 seats.

The BBC has also named Conservative candidate Iain Duncan Smith’s former seat, Chingford and Woodford Green, which he held by a majority of 8,386 in 2015, as “too close to call.”

Speaking to the Recorder as he arrived at Waltham Forest Town Hall to await the results, Mr Duncan Smith said he remained confident overall.

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He said: “It’s been very interesting, especially in the north east.”

When pressed about his own seat, Mr Duncan Smith said he didn’t put too much faith in the BBC prediction, adding that he didn’t understand how it could be called prior to ballot counting being completed.

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Fellow Conservative candidate for Leyton and Wanstead, Laura Farris, said she thought it injected some excitement into the political landscape.

She said: “I think the big parties need a shakeup.

“I think it add some excitement to politics, which is needed.”

Her opposition, Labour candidate John Cryer added that he believed the election was “too close to call” but that he remained confident for his own seat.

He said: “I think it’s getting harder to tell than when I was a kid.

“I remain confident but I think it’s hard to get a good reading from the polls.”

Overall, turnout figures across both constituencies has increased massively, with a turnout of 71.4% in Chingford and Woodford Green and 70.8% in Leyton and Wanstead.

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