What happens next?

Newington's Chris White, Director of Public Affairs and former Special Adviser to Conservative Cabinet Ministers, considers what happens next following the unexpected election result.

This morning there will be plenty of sore heads in CCHQ, and not because of the anticipated victory party. Instead Theresa May and the Conservatives are in a disastrous situation where the party has gone from being 20 points ahead in the polls to losing seats and facing a hung Parliament. 

With one seat left to declare (Kensington, where after four recounts the result is too close to call and counting has been suspended until tomorrow) the Tories are on 318. This is short of the 320 needed to obtain a working majority once the non-voting Sinn Fein and Speaker and Deputy Speakers are removed from the equation.

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