What was supposed to be a night of Conservative domination changed rather quickly into a night of crippling uncertainty for the future of the Tory party.
It was a snap election called to create a mandate for Theresa May. It was becoming a popularity contest – almost like a World Cup Final with one gargantuan favourite and one rank outsider.
But in a tale not too dissimilar to Rocky, the underdog, Labour in this case, turned it all around – forcing the Tories into a hung parliament with no majority government.
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The night for most parties has been one of depressing failure.
The SNP lost a lot of seats in Scotland to both Labour and Conservative, including the seat of former leader, Alex Salmond.
UKIP failed to gain any seats at all, with leader Paul Nuttall failing to even come second for the seat in Boston.
While the Liberal Democrats made some improvements on their abysmal 2015 election, former leader Nick Clegg lost his seat in Sheffield Hallam to Labour, most probably due Labour’s promises to abolish tuition fees.
— Press Association (@PA) June 9, 2017
And while the night has been one of undeniable success for Labour – their lack to attain a minority or majority government is still, somewhat, a failure. But hell, Corbyn did an impeccable job!
As the 10pm exit-polls predicted, May was in for an upset. Their predictions proved true when just after 5am it was revealed that her party would not be getting a majority vote with less than 326 seats.
The Tories planned to take over some Labour strongholds: Halifax, Chester, Chorley, Darlington, to name but a few. However they failed dismally with the people seemingly voting in high numbers for Jeremy Corbyn.
Now that we are left in a state of hung parliament, very little is certain. One fact is that the Conservatives are now forced to go into a coalition government, form a minority government, or call another election.
The most likely probability is that the Tories will go into a coalition with the DUP over in Northern Ireland who have just enough seats to push the pair of them into majority numbers. However, whether or not May will be the figurehead of this Conservative government is another question.
Due to May’s dismal failure throughout this election, many, including Jeremy Corbyn, are calling for her resignation – however, at the time of writing, she has claimed she has no such intentions.
In these hours of pure uncertainty – all we really know is that the near future will be full of big political answers and some even bigger political questions.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.