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FORECAST NATIONAL LARGEST PARTY WITH 173 SEATS
AM - There goes the bell! It’s 10 o’clock and we can release our exit poll to the general public. Few will be surprised to hear it’s a hung parliament, National have won the most seats in the House of Commons; William Hague has held 173 seats, an decrease of 38. The Social Democrats have taken a beating on 133, down 70. The Socialist Alternative has exploded with 77 seats, up 53. Reform too have more than tripled their caucus on 57, up 42. The SNP are on 17, gaining one seat. Plaid on 8 seats, that's an increase of two. RISE has recovered somewhat on 7 seats, up two. And all other parties are on 25. Kirsty, what do you make of that result?
KW - Well folks it looks like we might be seeing the death of the two party system as we know it, the big two have lost over a hundred seats between them. Despite this William Hague can probably still be happy, he’s leading the SDP by over 40 seats, at this point I can’t see a scenario where he doesn’t become Prime Minister.
AM - Yes polls were showing choppy waters for the SDP but this is an absolute disaster, 70 seats gone should not be taken lightly, even with the Alternative’s gains the left-wing bloc in Parliament only has a little over 200 seats, way below the 249 seats needed for a majority.
KW - Absolutely, some in Callaghan House were telling me if they could just keep above 150 seats they could duct tape together another marriage of inconvenience with the Alternative and separatists, but that’s looking very unlikely now.
AM - I’d like to talk about the Socialist Alternative for a minute because this result is absolutely staggering. If you remember a little over a year ago they were polling at 3 or 4 points - their supporters were furious at them for giving Johnson a second term - but in a few short months Mr Meacher has been able to not just recover but surge the Alternative’s support.
KW - Absolutely Andrew, political buffs might know that over in Greece the radical left Syriza Party was able to leapfrog their Social Democrats into becoming that country’s second largest party, we might be seeing something similar happening here.
AM - Exciting scenes indeed Kirsty. I’m joined live from Manchester by Kate Hudson MP, the Alternative’s “Shadow Defence Secretary”. Well Mrs Hudson you’ve come a long way, but still far off a majority, is it time to give David Miliband a ring to kiss and make up?