Election news tonight is dominated by a surprise exit poll predicting an increase in the number of Conservative MPs, and a drop in Labour and Lib Dem MPs.
David Cameron was on track to secure an astonishing electoral triumph according to a shock exit poll which predicted that the Conservatives would win 316 seats – up nine on 2010 – with Labour plummeting to 239 seats, down 18.
If the poll forecasts were borne out in the final Westminster tally, it would leave Cameron within touching distance of an overall Commons majority without the need for the support of the Liberal Democrats.
The poll predicted a near wipeout for Labour in Scotland, with 58 seats out of 59 for the Scottish National party and the Liberal Democrats collapsing to 10.
That would leave Cameron hardly needing to wait to see whether the Lib Dems would support the Tories in a second coalition.
However, the poll is being questioned, largely because it’s out of line with all the ones leading up to the election.
UKIP is doing well in early returns in the north of England, coming second and pushing Conservatives into third place, with Lib Dems losing their deposit.
There’s dispute about how Nigel Farage is doing in Thanet South. A whole bunch of people are saying he hasn’t won, but UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall insists that he has won, and better than expected. That result won’t be given until sometime around 7 am BST.
I’m not planning to stay up late or anything. I’ll catch up with events in the morning.