Boris Johnson recorded a clip for the broadcasters about the results. He began by honoring conservative advisers and said the results were “ambiguous”.
In some parts of the country it was “difficult,” he said.
But in other areas there have been “quite significant successes in places that have not voted for the Conservatives for a long time, if they have never voted.”
He said the message he received from the results was that people want him to continue to address “big issues that are important to them”.
UPDATE: Johnson said:
This is medium term. This is, of course, a mixed set of results.
We’ve had a tough night in some parts of the country, but on the other hand, in other parts of the country you still see the Conservatives going forward and making pretty significant progress in places that haven’t voted for the Conservatives in a long time, ever. ..
The great lesson from this is that it is a message from the voters that what they want us to do first and foremost – one, two and three – is to focus on the issues that are important to them, to move the country forward, to believe that we will fix After the Kovid push, guide us all through the economic push as we experienced Kovid, fix the energy problem, that’s where the inflation surge is going, and keep following our program of high wages and highly skilled jobs. This is what we are focused on.
The Liberal Democrats are particularly pleased that one of the candidates they defeated in Blackmoor Vale, Somerset, is Hayward Bert, who heads the CCHQ unit responsible for the attack on Liberal Democrats. “Honestly, even the greatest political strategist could not stop the reaction to Boris Johnson through the blue wall,” – said a source in the Liberal Demo.
There are early signs that voter turnout in the Stormont election may decline slightly on the last day of voting in 2017, according to PA Media. PA says:
Official turnout figures announced on Friday morning, when the countdown began, included 61.74% in North Belfast, 58.42% in Strangford, 60.11% in East Antrim, 64.36% in South Belfast, 60.13% in North Down and 64.66% in West Belfast.
The overall average turnout in the last election to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2017 was 64.8%.
In the Upper Ban the turnout was 62.48%, and in Newry and Arma – 68.49%.
Turnout in Foyle was 61.64% and 66.90% in Western Taiwan. In Ferman and South Tyrone, the turnout was 69.09%.
The first of the 90 MLAs is expected to be returned this afternoon, but the countdown will continue until the early hours of Saturday.
From my colleague Severin Karel
Emily Thornbury, the shadow attorney general told Sky News that Durham police are investigating Cyrus Starmer because of “Beergate” (see 13.57) due to pressure from Tory MPs and newspapers, reports Kate McCann of Talk TV.
Keir Starmer will face a police investigation into allegations that he violated blocking rules at a meeting where he ate takeaway with colleagues and drank a bottle of beer, my colleague Vikram Dod reports.
Responding to development as well Work A party spokesman said:
Obviously, we will be happy to answer any questions and we are still clear that no rules have been broken.
PA Media reports in more detail that the leader of the SNP of Glasgow City Council is overtaking the Scottish Greens in the results of the vote of the first preference in the county seat of Langside. (Ch 12.51.) PA says:
New candidate Holly Bruce topped the ballot with 3,173 first-vote votes, while Susan Aitken of the SNP received 2,899.
Bruce said she was proud of her party’s “positive campaign”, adding that she was “delighted that the Langside people have entrusted me with the fact that I will represent them for the next five years”.
Aitken said she was delighted to be re-voted as an adviser, but said she was disappointed that her colleague David Turner had lost his seat on the Shetleston office. “It’s happening in the election,” she said.
According to Shettleston, two Labor members voted for the SNP, while Scottish Conservative Thomas Kerr retained his position.
Aitken suggested that a cooperation agreement between the SNP and the Greens in Holyrood could lead to an outcome in her chamber.
Michelle O’NeillShin Fein’s leader Northern Irelandarrived for counting, reports my colleague Lisa O’Carroll.
Scottish Conservative MSP Miles Briggs said he was waiting for the results Scotland be a disappointment to your party. He told PA Media:
We knew it was going to be tough, we knew it for weeks. I am personally disappointed with the results that have come so far …
From the work I did yesterday with my activists here in Edinburgh, it is clear that people were not going to go to the polls. They protested against the vote without going to any other party, or when they received their votes by mail, they did not return them or put them in the basket.
And Labor Philip Glanville was re-elected mayor of Hackney’s city London.
Peter Taylor was re-elected mayor of Watford.
There was an interesting early result from Glasgow City Council, where Susan Aiken of the SNP, the council leader, was re-elected – but got lost in the first place by the Greens in the first ballot. Aitken faced criticism for cutting municipal services, especially during the Cop26 climate conference last November in the city, when transportation and garbage collection problems became known around the world.
Are we witnessing the surge of the Greens caused by their power-sharing agreement with the SNP after the Holyrood election last May? They also got their first place within the Scottish borders, the Council of East Lothian, the Council of South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire and the Shetlands and record good results elsewhere.
Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davy says it’s time for Conservative MPs to “dive in” [Boris Johnson] into the abyss. ” (Ch 11.36 am) But there is little evidence that they are set on it.
There have been reports of this in recent days Jeremy Hunt was preparing for some kind of leadership application. But I am Paul Vaughn it was said that Hunt did not consider it a priority at the moment.
One of the Conservative MPs who publicly criticized Boris Johnson today David Simmonds, representing Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner in west London (which is adjacent to Johnson constituency). Simmonds says Johnson has “difficult questions to answer.” (Ch 9.41 am)
But in an interview with PA Media Simmonds said that although he thought the party should change, he did not believe it should include replacing the leader. He said:
[Johnson] one needs to find a way to restore confidence in the government and I think he can do it in several ways. One of them will be a change of leadership. Alternatively, he needs to demonstrate what the alternative plan will be.
Voters in the West Islands elected a woman councilor, for the first time in ten years, after a local council received junk status The only local authority in Scotland that consists only of men.
Susan Thomson, a candidate from the Scottish National Party, was elected to South West, Eris and Benbecula after a series of disappointing results for other women candidates in the Camheirl-nan Eileen Siar election.
Thomson, 50, a project employee at the Scottish Rural Network, said she was thrilled with the choice. “I stood because I believe in independence and believe in what the SNP stands for, but I equally believe that the council needs to be represented by a wide range of people.”
Voters in the West Islands failed to elect women in 2017; eight women ran in this election but most lost after confronting men with current advisers. One of them, Dorothy Morrison, was short of 38 votes in the first ballot.
All seats on the Scottish Council are elected using a system of proportional representation with a single portable vote. Many in the West Isles believe that job security, low pay (advice in Scotland receive an allowance of £ 18,604) and the dominance of men in office, many of whom are well-known figures in local churches or golf clubs, are significant obstacles to the election of women.
Thomson said one option, in addition to better rewards, was to consider sharing work as advisors. It’s someone made in the U.S., she said.