The Conservatives are on course for victory with a big majority predicted by exit polls.
The joint Exit Poll from the UK’s leading broadcasters indicates a Conservative Majority. The Tories are predicted to make a total gain of 51 seats, taking them well over the often-quoted 326 seats needed to form a majority, and thus, a government. The positive projection for the Conservatives will see them enjoy a majority of 86 seats.
It would be the biggest Conservative victory since 1987 and Labour’s worst result since 1935. Labour are forecast to lose 71 seats.
The exit polls have been proved to be accurate in recent years but we will have to wait until the early hours for official confirmation.
The SNP are also reported to have made massive gains, reclaiming 55 seats out of a possible 59. If these numbers are reflected in the final results, this indicates a strong position for Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP in their push for Scottish Independence.
Meanwhile in Wales, Plaid Cymru are predicted to have lost one seat, and now sit on three.
In Dorset, 349,402 voters came out to the 199 polling stations across the five seats. A further 56,330 people voted via postal votes. The first declarations for Dorset are likely to come around 2:45am.