Election 2019 vote LIVE: Where’s Farage? Brexit Party chief only leader yet to emerge

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THE GENERAL ELECTION is underway as polling stations up and down the country open their doors for voters this morning. Follow the latest live updates on the election vote as the Tories take on Labour with Express.co.uk.

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Jonathan Bartley, the co-leader of the Green Party, took his retired assistance dog, Wallis, with him to his designated polling station in Streatham, south London.

Wandsworth Council which covers the Labour marginal of Battersea, the Tory marginal of Putney, and the safe Labour seat of Tooting, confirms that “unprecedented numbers” of people were voting this morning.

The council tweeted: “We are grateful to our election staff who faced unprecedented numbers at polling stations this morning.

“They are working hard to clear queues would like to thank voters for their patience.”

Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, Jo Swinson and Nicola Sturgeon have all been spotted out voting in the election, but there is one party leader yet to emerge. 

Where is Nigel Farage? The Brexit Party leader has yet to appear and cast his vote. 

Timetable for the rest of the election process

  • 10pm – Exit poll will be released predicting how the results will go
  • 11pm – Sunderland and Newcastle will fight to be the first seat to declare
  • 1am – Wokingham expected to declare
  • 2am – Watford, Birkenhead and Hartlepool to declare
  • 3am – Chingford and Woodford Green, Esher and Walton, Beaconsfield, Islington North and Dunbartonshire to declare
  • 4am – Uxbridge and Ruislip South to declare
  • 5am – Chipping Barnet and Finchley and Golders Green to declare
  • 6am – Richmond Park to declare
  • 7am – Brighton Pavilion to announce their winning seat

Wales’ oldest resident Amy ‘Win’ Hawkins, cast her vote at Wyesham Polling Station Monmouth, Monmouthshire this morning. 

Mrs Hawkins celebrates her 109th birthday on January 24 2020.

Despite the cold and wet weather, the Monmouth resident was not deterred from placing her vote.

Polling stations are open all day until 10pm this evening when they will close ready for votes to be counted.

Shortly after polls close there will be an exit poll announced live on the BBC, ITV and Sky News.

This exit poll will give insight into how the night will unfold.

At each of the past few elections, the exit poll has produced a very accurate projection of the actual result.

With reported queues to vote across the country, many may run out of time before work or on their lunch break to vote. 

Voters unable to vote for whatever reason can return to their polling stations at any time before 10pm on Thursday evening.

The Electoral Commission advises polling stations “can get very busy, particularly towards the end of the day”, but says voters in a queue before 10pm will be entitled to apply for a ballot paper.

Voters in England, Scotland and Wales do not need to take anything with them to vote, while those in Northern Ireland must have photo ID.

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg arrives at a polling station to vote in the general election, in the village of West Harptree.

The Tory MP brought his 12-year-old son Peter to the polling station with him.

Voters have faced difficulty getting to a polling station after a burst water main caused flooding in the area.

Access to Cherry Garden Hall polling station in Bermondsey, south-east London, was temporarily disrupted on Thursday morning after a water pipe was damaged on the corner of Southwark Park Road and Jamaica Road.

Hannah Tookey, who waded through the water to cast her vote, tweeted: “It was too deep to wade through the middle, even in wellies.”

Another early-morning voter, Graham Kings, said he would have to vote later as the road outside the polling station was flooded.

He said: “I could have gone home and put wellington boots on and waded across the flooded road to try to get in, but had to go to work and so will vote this evening.”

A Southwark Council spokeswoman said a polling station inspector had helped voters to get in and cast their votes.

She said: “No-one was prevented from voting at any point. Access to the voting station wasn’t compromised at all.”

A Thames Water spokesman said the pipe was damaged by a third party carrying out roadworks in the area.

DUP leader Arlene Foster was spotted this morning arriving at a polling station in Enniskillen, in Northern Ireland.

Mrs Foster arrived at the polling station at Brookeborough Primary School shortly after 10am.

She stopped to speak to a number of other voters, including local DUP councillor Paul Robinson.

Elsewhere, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas was accompanied by her son Isaac to vote in the general election in Brighton.

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson and her husband Duncan Hames were spotted attending Castlehill Primary School in Glasgow to cast their votes. 

If Boris Johnson’s party achieve 326 seats or more, they will have a majority and will continue to be in power.

This means we are likely to see the Conservatives push forward with their “oven-ready” Brexit plan, and implement the policies laid out in their manifesto.

In order for a party to get the majority and form a new government they must have more than half the total number of seats.

A minority government is one where the governing party has more seats than any other, but still less than half the total.

To form a majority government in the UK a party needs 326 seats – any less and they’re a minority.

If this happens, the country will be on course for what is known as a ‘hung parliament’

In the case of a hung parliament, the leader of the party with the most seats is still given the opportunity to form a government.

This happened to Theresa May in 2017, and in order to maintain power, she formed an alliance with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Read more on what a Tory minority would mean here

If Labour achieves the most seats, over the 326 threshold they will have a majority and will be in power.

This means Jeremy Corbyn would be prime minister and Labour’s manifesto would be implemented.

If Boris Johnson wins a minority government on December 12, he will have a chance to form a government.

If, however, he cannot form a government which commands support in the House of Commons – namely by losing a vote on a Queen’s Speech – Mr Johnson will be expected to resign and ask the Queen to invite someone else to form a government.

This will be Jeremy Corbyn’s chance to seek an alliance with another party and form a government.

If Mr Corbyn has the opportunity to form a minority government, his most likely first port of call will be the Scottish National Party.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said the party would be willing to prop up a Labour minority – but it will come at a price.

Ms Sturgeon has said Labour would need to back the “principle” of a second Scottish independence referendum to gain her support.

The First Minister said she would also seek greater powers for the Scottish Parliament and an end to austerity.

Read More on what a Labour minority would mean here

Voters in Bermondsey, south east London, faced difficulty getting to one polling station after an apparent burst water main caused flooding in the road around it.

Hannah Tookey, who waded through the water to cast her vote, tweeted: “It was too deep to wade through the middle, even in wellies.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has cast his vote in London, attending the polling station alongside his wife Laura Alvarez.

Mr Corbyn arrived to cast his vote at Pakeman Primary School in Islington.

Meanwhile in Scotland leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon voted in the general election in Glasgow.

Ms Sturgeon was joined her partner Peter Murrell, as well as the party’s Glasgow East candidate David Linden, at Broomhouse Community Hall in Uddingston.

Mr Johnson arrived at Central Methodist Hall in Westminster at around 8.15am to cast his vote, bringing dog Dilyn along with him.

Mr Corbyn is expected to vote in Islington later on Wednesday morning.

Each voter is given a polling station to attend when they register to vote, usually a public building like a school or community centre close to your home. 

The location of your polling station is detailed on polling cards which are sent to voters homes.

However if you have lost or not received your polling card, pop your postcode into this website and it will tell you which polling station to attend.

Across the country polling stations opened at 7am, and some on Twitter are already reporting queues to vote.

There have been big queues in Balham, in the London constituency of Tooting, as well as in Battersea.

Steve Swinford, Deputy Political Editor of The Times tweeted: “Big queue of 100+ people ahead of me at the polling station in marginal Battersea. There’s 50 odd people behind me too”.

For voters the main issues in this election have been the NHS, the environment, education and of course, Brexit.

The campaign in Scotland has been largely dominated by the topics of Brexit and Scottish independence, with the prospect of electoral pacts also high on the agenda.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has sought to focus on his pledge to “get Brexit done” throughout the campaign.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, his rival in the race to Number 10, has instead tried to highlight his party’s credentials on the health service and other domestic issues.

The Prime Minister ordered a general election because Boris Johnson insisted a new Parliament is needed in order to break the political impasse over Brexit.

With Mr Johnson vowing to “get Brexit done”, he hopes to secure support among Leave voters.

Millions of Britons will head to the polls this morning as polling stations opened at 7am.

To cast your vote in person, head to the local voting centre listed on your polling card.

Polling must close at 10pm but the Electoral Commission says any eligible electors who at 10pm are in a queue inside or outside the polling place must be allowed to vote.

If you live in England, Wales or Scotland you do not need to bring any identification to vote.

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