General Election results live: Theresa May refuses to quit despite hung parliament

9 Jun

The Telegraph’s Patrick Sawer reports: 

The election count in the London constituency of Kensington was suspended on Friday morning after council tellers were sent home exhausted after two recounts.

What should have been a relatively safe Conservative seat was too close to call – with just 36 votes between Tory and Labour.

But officials decided the tellers were so tired after staying up all night counting ballot papers that they needed a break.

As a result the count was suspended without a result and will resume later on Friday or Saturday.

The seat has been Conservative since its creation in 2010. Victoria Borwick took the constituency in 2015 with a majority of 7,361. In its previous incarnation it was also a traditional Tory seat, held in 2010 by Sir Malcolm Rifkind.

But it is also a constituency of contrasts, taking in the affluent neighbourhoods of Kensington, Holland Park and Notting Hill, along with several deprived pockets in the north of the borough.

Early indications at around 12.30am from the constituency,  which voted to remain during the EU referendum last year suggested a Labour gain.

But a Labour source later played down speculation that the party was on the brink of a spectacular success, suggesting the vote share might be up but the seat was “probably not in play”.

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