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How the drama unfolded on night of shocks and surprises

By PA Reporter

As Theresa May's snap election gamble appeared to backfire spectacularly, here is how a night that may put Jeremy Corbyn in No 10 unfolded.

10pm: A shock exit poll puts the Tories on 314 seats, with Labour on 266, the SNP on 34, Liberal Democrats on 14, Plaid Cymru on three and Greens on one - leaving the Conservatives short of an overall majority. Sterling plunges on international markets, with the pound falling over 1.5% against the dollar and 1% against the euro within minutes.

11pm: The first result is declared, with a win for Labour in Newcastle Central where Chi Onwurah held her seat and increased her majority.

1.10am: The Conservatives fail to take target seat Wrexham from Labour.

1.13am: North Down Independent MP Lady Sylvia Hermon holds her seat, but her majority is slashed by the DUP.

1.14am: First defeat of the night is in Lanarkshire, where Labour's Ged Killen narrowly took Rutherglen and Hamilton West from the SNP's Margaret Ferrier.

1.25am: A second Tory target seat, Tooting, in south London, sees Labour's Rosena Allin-Khan hold and increase the vote share by more than 10% on Mayor Sadiq Khan's 2015 result.

1.30am: Sir Jeffrey Donaldson celebrates his biggest victory in Lagan Valley.

2am: Labour claims its first scalp from the Tories, with junior minister Jane Ellison booted out of Battersea in south London by Marsha de Cordova.

2.20am: SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson loses his Moray seat to Conservative Douglas Ross.

2.26am: The former South Antrim Ulster Unionist MP Danny Kinahan loses out to the DUP's Paul Girvan.

2.35am: Former Foyle MP Mark Durkan looks distraught as Sinn Fein's Elisha McCallion takes the seat for Sinn Fein.

2.45am: Lib Dem Jo Swinson takes back East Dunbartonshire from SNP star John Nicolson.

2.47am: Lib Dem deputy Nick Clegg loses Sheffield Hallam, where he had been MP since 2005, to Labour's Jared O'Mara.

2.50am: Despite fears he could be in trouble, the DUP's Gavin Robinson easily holds off a challenge from the Alliance leader Naomi Long in East Belfast.

3.10am: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn re-elected as Islington North MP in north London, increasing majority. Urges Mrs May to resign and tells crowds: "Politics has changed."

Sinn Fein's Chris Hazzard ousts the SDLP's Margaret Ritchie in South Down.

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds sees off a challenge from John Finucane of Sinn Fein in North Belfast.

3.20am: Emma Little-Pengelly of the DUP takes down the second of three former SDLP leaders, Dr Alasdair McDonnell.

3.25am: Mrs May is re-elected in Maidenhead with a majority 1% smaller than in 2015. Accepting victory, she indicates the Tories will seek to remain in power to ensure "stability".

4.05am: Michelle Gildernew of Sinn Fein takes back her old seat from the UUP's Tom Elliott, completing a rout of the unionist party.

4.20am: SNP veteran and former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond loses his Gordon seat to the Tories.

5.25am: Theresa May arrives at Downing Street having spent around an hour with staff at nearby Tory HQ.

5.54am: Britain has a hung parliament, after Labour's victory in Southampton Test makes it impossible for any party to reach the 326 MPs required to achieve an absolute majority in the House of Commons.

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