Election 2019

General election 2019: Polls close and counting gets under way

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Image caption Ballot boxes are being taken from polling stations to the counts

The polls have closed across England in the 2019 UK General Election.

Ballot boxes are being transported to counts across the country where the candidates await the results following the closure of the polls at 22:00 GMT.

About 46 million people were eligible to elect 650 members of Parliament to the House of Commons - 533 of whom were for constituencies in England.

It was the first December election in almost a century and the third general election in the country since 2015.

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Image caption This pooch in Brighton wore his coat to the polls to keep out the winter chill
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Image caption These two dogs were supporting the democratic process and Christmas in Urmston, Greater Manchester

It was the first election to be held in December since 1923, with Thursday's winter weather forecast predicting heavy rain showers - and temperatures reaching 9C in London and 3C in Newcastle.

Snow has fallen in some high areas, including Nenthead near the border between Cumbria and Northumberland.

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Image caption A Buddhist reverend exercising his right to vote in the village of Carrshield, Northumberland

Polling stations included a 200-year-old windmill in Thelnetham, Suffolk, a hair salon in Hull and the White Horse pub near Petersfield, Hampshire, which is known locally as the Pub With No Name due to its lack of signage.

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Image caption Students from the University of Reading haven't let graduating get in the way of their going to vote

Elizabeth Fogg, who runs the pub, said she had been expecting about 100 voters to visit.

"It's different, you can have a drink and a packet of crisps while you're here," she said.

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Image caption An old railway carriage in Leeming Bar is one of the many polling stations across the country
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Image caption Polling stations like this one in Burtree Ford, near the North Pennines, have added some festive cheer to the election

Other unusual polling stations included the Body Shop's UK headquarters in Littlehampton, Sussex, and the Ace Launderette in Oxford.

Creatures great and small have been escorting their owners to the polls.

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Media captionA tale of #DogsAtPollingStations in North Yorkshire

The hashtag "dogsatpollingstations" has been trending on Twitter throughout the day.

Although pooches were not the only animals to make an appearance.

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Image caption 19-year-old Daisy Calder was accompanied by her cat, Blue, to a polling station to cast her first vote in a general election
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Image caption Wilber the guinea pig, also made an appearance at a polling station in Huntingdon
Image caption One voter took her chicken along to her polling station in Rusthall in Kent

Voters have also seen some curious situations crop up at polling stations throughout the day.

A car crashed through a wall outside West Ashling and Funtington District Hall, which was being used as a polling station in Chichester, at about 09:00 GMT.

Sussex Police said no-one was injured and the station remained open for voters.

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Image caption A car has crashed through a wall in Chichester

Meanwhile, voters going to a station in Bermondsey had to contend with flooding caused by a burst water main.

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Image caption A water main has burst in Bermondsey next to a polling station

In Liverpool, 48 people were given the wrong ballot papers and will have to re-cast their votes.

The mix-up happened at a polling station in Mossley Hill, which serves two constituencies.

The incorrect votes will be discounted and a review has been ordered, Liverpool City Council said.

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Image caption Snow has fallen in the Nenthead area of Cumbria on election day

Political parties are looking to win more than half the seats - 326 - in order to form a majority government.

The results for each area, or constituency, will be declared through the night and into Friday morning.

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General election 2019

Vote from 07:00 to 22:00 on 12 December 2019

  • 650MPs being elected

  • 533for constituencies in England

  • 3,322registered candidates

  • 917days since the last general election in June 2017

Source: BBC and Press Association research

Where can I find the results?

As the results begin to appear, the BBC News website will feature a full breakdown of the results across the UK.

Readers can also follow the latest developments in their own constituencies on BBC live pages and scoreboards.

On social media, @BBCElection will tweet every constituency result.

Huw Edwards will be the lead presenter of BBC One's election night special, while Jim Naughtie and Emma General election 2019: Polls open across England Barnett will host live election night coverage on BBC Radio 4 through until Friday morning.

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