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Election 2017: Exit poll predicts Conservatives largest party but short of overall majority

PUBLISHED: 22:16 08 June 2017 | UPDATED: 22:16 08 June 2017

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The national broadcasters' exit poll has predicted the Conservatives will be the largest party, but are short of forming an overall majority.

Released as the polls closed at 10pm, the joint BBC/ITV/SKY projection puts the Tories on 314, 12 seats short of the magic number of 326.

Ipsos Mori interviewed 30.450 voters at a variety of constituencies across the country.

The predictions would not have to be far wrong for Theresa May’s party to get a majority, and in 2015 the exit poll underestimated the Conservatives’ vote.

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.

It is worth remembering this is just a poll.

The first seats of the night will be declared in the North East from 10.45pm.

Across Redbridge the first declarations are expected for Ilford South and the ultra tight marginal of Ilford North at 3.30am.

Both Leyton and Wanstead and Chingford and Woodford Green are expected between 4.30am and 5.30am.

Follow us for all of the latest updates throughout the night.

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