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General Election 2019: Conservatives win with majority

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General Election 2019: Conservatives win with majority

Published at 5:03am 13th December 2019. (Updated at 8:22am 13th December 2019)

The Conservatives have won the general election and Boris Johnson will enjoy a commanding House of Commons majority, the broadcasters' exit poll suggests.

The poll - conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of Sky News, the BBC and ITV News - forecasts the Tories will win 368 seats, with Labour on 191 seats, the SNP on 55 seats and the Liberal Democrats on 13 seats.

To form a majority government in the Commons, a party needs to win more than 325 seats.

Sky News forecasts the Conservatives will win the election with 358-368 seats.

For Labour, it was a bruising night - it is in line for its worst seat total in the House of Commons in nearly 85 years.

At the last election in June 2017, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn saw his party win 262 seats.

The exit poll numbers would give Prime Minister Boris Johnson a Commons majority of 86, vindicating his decision to push for a winter election.

It also puts the UK on course to leave the EU on January 31, after Mr Johnson fought the election campaign on his promise to "get Brexit done".

In terms of seats, the exit poll suggests the Conservatives are on course for their best result since the 1987 election.

By contrast, Labour are set for their lowest number of seats since 1935.

In Scotland, the SNP have dominated, winning 47 of the 59 seats there.

Under the exit poll numbers, the Lib Dems are on course to add one seat to the 12 they won at the last election in 2017.

The Brexit Party appear to have failed to make a breakthrough at Westminster, with the exit poll suggesting they won't win a seat.

Plaid Cymru are forecast to have won three seats, with all other parties and independents winning 19.

The team behind the exit poll said: "The Conservatives are expected to advance most strongly and Labour fall back most in areas that voted most strongly for Leave, many of them more working-class seats."

The exit poll results are based on 22,790 interviews as people exited 144 polling stations across Great Britain.