Jeremy Corbyn's Islington North seat 'too close to call' but 'looking difficult' for Labour

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The General Election result for Islington North is too close to call according to the exit poll. Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is running as an Independent candidate after being expelled from the party.

Labour candidate Praful Nargund is also contesting the seat as pollsters expect it be an extremely close race in the constituency. The declaration time for Islington North is expected to be 3am this morning (Friday, July 5).

In an update in the early hours of Friday (July 5) with the count underway, a Labour source told Sky News political editor Beth Rigby "it's looking difficult for us" in Islington North. Just after the polls closed at 10pm Mr Corbyn released a statement thanking constituents for their support. "Six weeks ago, we had nothing," he wrote.

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"Look at what we built, together. I couldn’t be prouder to have campaigned alongside each and every one of you — for equality, peace and hope. From the bottom of my heart, thank you."

Across Britain, Labour are projected to win 410 out of 650 seats in what would be a landslide victory. The Conservatives would have reacted very differently to the exit poll with the party reduced to their lowest total ever of 131 seats.

Major figures in the Conservative Party such as Steve Baker, Penny Mordaunt and Grant Shapps are set to lose their seats, while Jeremy Hunt could be the first Chancellor of the Exchequer to be ousted.

Elsewhere Reform are expected to win 13 seats, the SNP reduced to 10 seats, Plaid Cymru to win four seats and Greens win two seats.

As of 1.20am on Friday, July 5 eight seats have been declared for Labour and none for the Conservatives.

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