Election results: Amber Rudd could lose her seat in Hastings and Rye according to exit poll

Home Secretary said to be in trouble after exit poll showed Tories falling short of majority

Samuel Osborne
Thursday 08 June 2017 22:37
Exit poll predicts hung parliament

Amber Rudd could potentially lose her seat in Hastings and Rye, the BBC reports, citing sources at the count.

The Home Secretary was said to be in trouble after an exit poll showed the Conservatives falling short of the number of seats required to form a majority in Parliament.

It comes after the Green Party agreed to an alliance with Labour in a bid to oust Ms Rudd from her south coast constituency.

The exit poll suggests the Conservatives will be the largest party nationally with 314 seats, a loss of 17 seats, with Labour on 266, a gain of 34.

It also put the SNP on 34, the Lib Dems on 14, Plaid Cymru on three and the Greens on one.

Theresa May repeatedly urged voters to hand her a large majority so that she could go into talks in Brussels with the firm backing of the country and the House of Commons behind her.

She claimed that if she lost just six seats, she would no longer be Prime Minister, and an unprepared Jeremy Corbyn would go "naked and alone" to the negotiating table

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