UK exit poll says Conservatives will be largest party

Around 30 million people have been able to cast their vote

UK exit poll says Conservatives will be largest party

A woman at a polling station in Islington, London | Image: Ik Aldama/DPA/PA Images

Counting is underway after voting in the British general election.

This count may be quicker than previous elections there, as there were no local elections held alongside it.

Around 30 million people have been able to cast their vote.

An exit poll - carried out by Ipsos MORI and GfK for Sky News, the BBC and ITV News - is predicting that the Conservatives will be the largest party in the next parliament.

But it says Theresa May's party could fall 12 seats short of an overall majority.

This suggests Britain could be facing a hung parliament, less than two weeks before Brexit negotiations begin.

Source: Sky News

The poll puts the Conservative Party on 314 seats, UK Labour on 266, the Lib Dems on 14 and the SNP on 34.

UKIP are not predicted to win any seats, the UK Green Party are on 1, and Plaid Cymru at 3.

Labour are forecast to gain 34 seats, taking it to a total of 266 seats.

Predicted seats:

  • CONSERVATIVES - 314
  • LABOUR - 266
  • LIB DEMS - 14
  • UKIP - 0
  • SNP - 34
  • PLAID CYMRU - 3
  • GREEN - 1
  • OTHERS - 18

More than 30,000 people were questioned in 144 constituencies across the UK.

Participants in the exit poll were stopped outside carefully selected polling stations after they had voted.

These voters, selected randomly throughout the day, were asked to complete a secret ballot paper which is the same as the one they have just completed.

The Pound Sterling has plunged following the exit poll.

It fell by more than 1.5% to US$1.27.

Against the Euro, the Pound plummeted by over 1%, to €1.13.

We will have live election night coverage here on Newstalk from LBC from midnight