6.00 a.m. That concludes the general election 2019 for me and it’s the Conservatives back in power but this time with a much larger majority.
3.50 a.m. She’s been touting herself as the next Prime Minister, but today Jo Swinson isn’t even an MP, as she was beaten by the SNP. On an individual level, definitely the biggest shock of the night.
3.45 a.m. No sooner had I typed and sent, up pops the Prime Minister, along with the aforementioned Buckethead and Binface. Plus someone in a red costume. I remember when these type of characters were commonplace before the authorities upped the deposits.
Boris won and thanked Buckethead by name. The one in the red suit has got his phone out and is taking selfies on stage.
3.40 a.m. It’s looking good for the Conservatives in England and Wales but Scotland is yellow. Meanwhile, The Flying Brick has had his moment of fame, while Lord Buckethead and Count Binface are yet to have theirs, although they did make the news earlier, courtesy of an encounter between the two.
3.00 a.m. The gap is getting bigger now, as Boris Johnson’s lead over Jeremy Corbyn is 90-78, as the Conservatives not only hold on to seats but also gain numerous others along the way. It’s still just 12 though and still behind overall when you take into account the SNP, who now have 16 seats.
2.30 a.m. The Brexit Party’s strategy is working well for them. They pulled out of numerous seats giving the Conservatives a clear run. Then in others, especially in the English north, although they haven’t won seats, they have reduced the Labour vote by attracting those who feel that they have been let down over Brexit yet won’t vote Conservative. They’ve obviously helped the cause of Brexit, which for many is at the forefront of this election.
2.28 a.m. For the first time, the Conservatives have overtaken Labour in the number of seats, as they lead 41-39. Elsewhere, Heidi Allen isn’t happy. Arron Banks is. Ken Livingstone is referring to Jeremy Corbyn stepping down. Huw Edwards isn’t happy that Wrexham is blue (Labour since 1935). Alastair Campbell is scathing about his own party.
1.30 a.m. Rutherglen & Hamilton West is the first declaration north of the border and the SNP take the seat from Labour. If this pattern continues as expected, there will be an intensity of calls for a second referendum on Scottish independence.
1.25 a.m. Workington Man turns blue. Apart from brief Conservative flirtation in the seventies, the historic Cumberland constituency has been Labour for a century. It looks very much like the exit poll is on track.
1.00 a.m. Labour continue to lead the way but with a much reduced vote. Although they’re 9-2 ahead in seats declared, the Conservatives will be very much aware that this is a marathon and not a sprint. It’s funny that even though they are in the lead, the talk is very much when will Jeremy Corbyn go rather than if. It looks at this stage that the leader is walking on extremely thin ice.
12.30 a.m. One of the Stoke-on-Trent Labour candidates is already talking defeat in the city and that’s before they even declare. Let’s talk good news though, and as far as they are concerned, it’s looking healthy for the SNP. Although nothing has been confirmed yet in Scotland, the exit poll for them is something they’ll be quietly excited about.
12.15 a.m. Although the Labour Party is 4-1 to the good, the seats that have been declared so far are what you would generally have expected. However, when you look at the slump in the socialist vote, if replicated across the country it confirms the exit poll prediction. Labour politicians have been out in force issuing statements that indicate they’re not happy.
12.00 Midnight. Numerous studio guests and lots of talking but no more results as of yet. As we hit Friday the thirteenth, although Labour are still 2-1 ahead of the Conservatives, it still looks like an extremely poor night for Jeremy Corbyn.
11.35 p.m. Sunderland were up next and then, taking the bronze medal as far as declarations are concerned, it’s Blyth Valley. Well, after Sunderland gave labour a 2-0 lead, the first shock of the night comes in as the Conservatives take the Northumberland constituency that has been held by the labour Party since its birth in 1950. As they say, game on…
11.30 p.m. And the first seat to be declared is in. There’s been an intense rivalry between Newcastle and Sunderland for some years now and I don’t just mean in the game of football. However, this evening they’ve both beaten and the winner is… Blyth Valley… No, it’s not there’s been a delay.
It’s Newcastle Central that has pipped them to the post at 11.26 p.m. It’s a Labour hold and like the non-league team who takes a 1-0 lead at Liverpool in the first minute of an FA Cup tie and hopes that the referee blows the final whistle there and then, that’s what labour will be wanting right now…
10.45 p.m. They’re only exit polls, of course, but they’re showing an overall majority for the Conservatives in the mid-eighties. If that’s the case then it means that they will have gained fifty seats. Ahead of the results themselves coming in, it’s all very exciting. Or not, depending on what colour your politics is.
10.15 p.m. I’ve been wanting to do some live blogging for a while and what better way to make my debut than the 2019 general election. My first national vote was in 1983 when I went through the night and ever since I’ve stayed awake as the results come in.
After watching Wolves cruise to UEFA Europa League victory, it’s time to have a cup of celebratory tea and get down to political business. Let’s go!