Inside Sky's Election Campign: Election Night

EXIT POLL

08/06/17 Reverse order Timestamp format


  1. And we are live... It's the "biggest and best show" promised Sky News boss John Ryley in his message to the team who will be working through the night to get the results first.

    Speed is great, says Election Night Editor Nick Phipps, but accuracy is essential. "There's a lot of pressure," he warned, but "most important of all is to ensure that you are right."

    With just 50 minutes to go, the teams in the gallery are awaiting the exit poll which will give the first real indication of what we can expect the result to be.

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  2. Professor Michael Thrasher is currently at Broadcasting House in London, working with experts from the other broadcasters to crunch the figures from exit poll which will be released at 10pm.

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  3. Coming live from over 300 counts is no mean feat, as Valerie Hamill told us. "It's a logistic nightmare" she explained. Tonight Hamill is one of 10 producers who you can see behind anchor Adam Boulton. She's monitoring 15 of the live feeds that you can see on the large screen in the studio.

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  4. Locked in the toilet earlier at Glasgow count so #ge2017 has started well for @skynewsniall 😂but hey...sharp new haircut made it on air! pic.twitter.com/qzJFg1btyP
  5. Lewis Goodall has been up and down the country in the Lewis Lorry, finding out what the story is near you. To find out what he's been up to, visit rts.org.uk/LewisGoodall. Tonight he is live in the Sky News studio, offering insight throughout the night

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  6. Only 25 minutes to go until the exit poll which will give the first clear indication of what the story will be tonight. Until then, the broadcasters are limited in what they can talk about on air. This is because the polls are still open, and the coverage could influence the way that people vote. Hence all the talk of dogs - and that adorable hedgehog...

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  7. About now, the exit poll result will be being phoned through to Election Night Editor Nick Phipps.


    That result is top secret and most people in the building will not know what is shows until it is announced at 10pm. The gallery has been locked and no one is allowed in or out, and the poll results are shared on a strictly need-to-know basis

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  8. With under 10 minutes until the Exit Poll is released, the gallery is buzzing as the story of the night begins to make itself clear. For now though, the law says that you and I must remain in the dark, as Sky News' Managing Editor Peter Lowe explains.

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  9. *Kay Burley's tip for keeping your energy up through the night: A little bit of something sweet*


    For more handy tips on lasting through until the morning comes, try Election veteran Paul Bromley's tried and tested routine

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  10. The #GE2017 exit poll forecasts the @Conservatives will be the largest party Con: 314 Lab: 266 SNP: 34 Lib Dem: 14 UKIP: 0 pic.twitter.com/6Xuz45dSM9
  11. The #GE2017 exit poll forecasts the @Conservatives will be the largest party Con: 314 Lab: 266 SNP: 34 Lib Dem: 14 UKIP: 0 pic.twitter.com/fuepyVfqjh
  12. Sky News' Graphics team are behind the bold shots of London Eye, which will go Blue for a predicted Conservative win, red for Labour and white for hung parliament

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  13. According to the #GE2017 exit poll the Conservatives will be the largest party, but will not have an overall majority pic.twitter.com/bk932JZTnr
  14. If EXIT POLL is right - CON 314 LAB 266 + SNP 34 + LD 14 = 314 BUT DUP with around 8 seats would back Tories #GeneralElection17
  15. Sky Election Expert reports: Labour seemed to do better over the day. We believe - but don't know - that turnout is high.


    Turnout won't be known until the votes have all been counted.

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  16. [email protected]faisalislam points out that according to the #ExitPoll, a "progressive alliance" could have as many seats as the Conservatives #GE2017 pic.twitter.com/Zk5bNdoZSD
  17. Before the exit poll, a Conservative win was looking likely, however Editor Nick Phipps was prepared for every eventuality: "We've got sequences ready... that range from a hung parliament scenario through to a Conservative landslide," he told the RTS.

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  18. Social media will not predict the result, warned Head of Social Media Rich Evans, but it is interesting...

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  19. [email protected]lewis_goodall says this is "the biggest rebuff and rejection from the electorate you can imagine" following #GE2017 exit poll result pic.twitter.com/0hX0pavfp6
  20. [email protected]JayneSeckerSky says social media went into meltdown after the #GE2017 exit poll was released. But what have been the reactions? #Vote2017 pic.twitter.com/SJBWiOXSDy
  21. Sky News is live from the Isle of Wight festival, where festival-goers expressed delight at the exit poll. The Isle of Wight is one of the Sky 250 locations.

    The IOW is the former constituency of Conservative Andrew Turner who stood down a few weeks ago. The constituency has been Conservative since 1997.

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  22. Scepticism among Tory sources over exit poll. CCHQ confident earlier. But for May? Even a small majority will be terminal for her?
  23. Were there to be another election this year, it'd be the first time since the 1920s when we'd have three general elections in three years
  24. "Senior Lib Dem source says: "No pacts, no deals, no coalition," reads the Sky News strap-line.

    Paul Bromley is the man who tells the story in the lower third. "No two elections are the same. Anything could happen," he told the RTS.

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  25. SNP forecast to lose seats. Assuming exit poll means Conservatives will pick up seats in Scotland, points to poor performance in rest of UK
  26. According to Google trends: In the last hours of the election @jeremycorbyn was the most discussed candidate on social media #GE2017 pic.twitter.com/hVJtepBw0f
  27. The story through the campaign was the possible loss of Labour seats in the north of England and the Midlands, Lewis Goodall told the RTS. Now the exit poll suggests that the story may have changed. Listen to Lewis in conversation with the RTS about the lessons learned on the road throughout the campaign.

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  28. In the final hours of the election Labour were the most discussed party on social media #GE2017 pic.twitter.com/ZNAgTfIfPw
  29. Newcastle Upon Tyne Central are the first seat to declare in the #GE2017 with Labour holding the seat pic.twitter.com/iIdShV5AAq
  30. Here are the key seats we'll be looking at tonight pic.twitter.com/hZ3KaO9vTE
  31. #Vote2017: Shortly after the exit poll, @theresa_may was the most discussed politician on Twitter, closely followed by @jeremycorbyn #GE2017 pic.twitter.com/Jf4VcSRVmu
  32. #Vote2017: "What is an exit poll?" was the top question being tweeted, not long after the exit poll was announced #GE2017 #GeneralElection pic.twitter.com/ffI3ZNZeRu
  33. #Vote2017: The @Conservatives & @UKLabour were the most discussed parties shortly after the #GE2017 exit poll was announced #GeneralElection pic.twitter.com/oakd74VdLx
  34. We grabbed a quick chat with Richard Pattison, Manager of News Technology for Sky News who is working behind the scenes to make sure that the Sky 250 project goes live in all 150 locations. When we spoke 146 of those cameras were live.


    They have been troubleshooting all day, Pattison reported. In one location a broken cable meant a last minute Tesco Extra trip to pick up the equipment.


    The technology that the project uses allows the students in the 150 locations to broadcast over mobile connectivity. From their headquarters in west London, Pattison can measure the connectivity of each of the stream locations - and even see if there's a wifi connection that they can use.


    On the ground, all of the students are communicating with the team at HQ on innumerable Slack channels, reporting any problems or breakages, but - jokes Pattison - most of the streams are strong and stable.


    For more on the Sky 250 project, read the RTS' interview with Valerie Hamill who oversaw the project.

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  35. #Vote2017: Sky election analyst Professor Michael Thrasher talks to @adamboultonSKY about the accuracy of the #GE2017 exit poll result pic.twitter.com/v0s1t3zL6K
  36. Looks like turnout in Newcastle North could be up from 67% to 73% Student vote big there. They're turning out. #GE2017
  37. #Vote2017: The number of tweets coming in per minute shortly after the #GE2017 exit poll was announced #GeneralElection pic.twitter.com/p9fObYTINt
  38. If the exit poll is correct, what coalitions could be built? pic.twitter.com/lLKuCqqrfC
  39. Jack Straw says following exit poll, "It is an extraordinary night" and "May has committed a major error in calling the election" #GE2017 pic.twitter.com/5HhYhHNawj
  40. This is what has happened to the value of the pound since tonight's #ExitPoll was released  http://trib.al/vFZ6zig  pic.twitter.com/JQ5RnAM2aA
  41. You can watch what's happening behind the scenes in 360 degrees in the Sky News studio:  https://youtu.be/jUCpMqRT5HU 
  42. Don't really understand what an exit poll is? Neither does Twitter, with 'What is an exit poll? being the most tweeted question shortly after 10pm.

    Neil Dunwoodie, Sky News' Head of Output explains:

    "The exit poll is a thing that broadcasters publish when the polls have closed on election day and the figures on on an exit poll predict the likely outcome based on information that is brought in to the experts from constituencies around the country."

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  43. Turnout estimated at 70% - big rise, this is what is being picked up in exit poll
  44. "Having an election she didn't need to have, hasn't paid off for [Theresa May]", says former Shadow Cabinet minister Lucy Powell.


    Harry Carr, Head of Sky Data at Sky News says that the data agrees. Prior to the manifesto launch, Theresa May was far ahead of Jeremy Corbyn in approval ratings. Now the gap has narrowed and May - though still leading - has fallen far behind her original position.

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  45. Former shadow cabinet minister Lucy Powell says Jeremy Corbyn "is not universally liked" but "he is a great campaigner" pic.twitter.com/RuLNY2swZz
  46. Sky's Political Editor Faisal Islam tweeted that turnout may be as high as 70% - a large rise of around 4%. Could this explain the Labour party's unexpectedly strong performance in the exit poll?

    Harry Carr, Head of Sky Data, reports that among the young, there is strong support for Jeremy Corbyn. Among those 35-54 approximately 43% support each of the main parties, while among older voters (55+) there is strong support for the Conservatives.

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  47. #Vote2017: Do you know what a hung parliament is? Here's what people are searching for tonight #GeneralElection pic.twitter.com/YyIPOaWkK0
  48. Is Sinn Féin about to put Theresa May back into Downing St by default? Here's Jerry Adams response #Vote2017 #GE2017 pic.twitter.com/zCvtE3IWYq
  49. Tory Northern coordinator told me 3 weeks ago that Darlington was 'in the bag". Labour hold same majority.
  50. #Vote2017: A look at the #GE2017 result in Darlington, which was a key seat for the Conservatives. Labour hold #GeneralElection pic.twitter.com/fmWp7KPB8d
  51. Darlington crucial. 35th Tory target. 1st seat where UKIP 2015 vote was > than Labour/Tory gap. May strategy to absorb them didn't work.
  52. 16 out of 650 constituencies have declared results so far. Here's the #GeneralElection results as they stand right now pic.twitter.com/uCiWvL3cWm
  53. The Darlington constituency has declared and it is a Labour hold. Sky's Political Correspondent Lewis Goodall reports that it was a Conservative target, while Political Editor Faisal Islam tweets that a Conservative coordinator told him the result was "in the bag" three weeks ago.

    Goodall concludes: Theresa May's efforts to make this a Brexit election didn't work. "This was supposed to be a realigning election," he says.

    For more analysis of the campaign from Lewis, check out the RTS' interview with him.

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  54. Here's how the parties have done in terms of vote share in the seats that have declared so far  http://election.news.sky.com/snap-general-election-24  pic.twitter.com/7oD0qetTLN
  55. Steve Rotheram New Liverpool metro mayor, 'I just told Jeremy Corbyn to get his best shirt ironed' #GE2017 #liverpool pic.twitter.com/rx9iCPVpbM
  56. One of the most asked questions on Google tonight is 'How many votes to win a general election?' Sky's Editor-at-large Adam Boulton explains in a blog for Sky News:

    It is a "moment when one party crosses the 326 MPs mark, 50% + 1 giving them an overall majority in parliament."

    There are 650 constituencies, and a majority wins the election. Occasionally (as in 2010) neither party reaches the 326 point and a coalition is formed. This is what the exit poll indicates could happen.

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  57. Sky sources: Lib Dem activists believe Nick Clegg has lost Sheffield Hallam
  58. Hung parliament? How a government would be formed if there is no majority #GE2017  http://trib.al/gwR15Ea 
  59. The results are coming in thick and fast now, as a large number of constituencies make their declarations. With so many stories happening at once, Election Night Editor relying on his intuition on where to show on screen. He told the RTS how that happens.

    “You’re feeling a bit like a massive computer,” he explains. While one part of him is absorbing what is happening on the screens in front of him and in the studio behind him, he is also listening to Sky’s psephology experts Michael Thrasher and Isla Glaister on the talkback panel, and paying attention to what the team monitoring Sky 250 – the broadcaster’s live streams from 250 declarations around the country – is saying.

    For more from Nick Phipps, check out his interview with the RTS.


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  60. Undoubtedly voters warmed to @JeremyCorbyn this election, was it a mistake not to play on "populist credentials" earlier? #GE2017
  61. Emma Reynolds holds Wolverhampton NE - on the target list for Tories, PM visited. No go.
  62. The Sky News team is hard at work in the studio. Watch what's going on behind the scenes in 360 degrees:  https://youtu.be/jUCpMqRT5HU 
  63. Nigel Farage if Corbyn becomes Prime Minister: "Brexit is some trouble" #GE2017
  64. Shipley gone. That's the seat Labour would need to gain a majority. #GE2017
  65. Lib Dems lose Leeds North West. Essentially Lib Dems will be a Scottish and London party only. #GE2017
  66. The story of the 2017 General Election campaign was in the north of England, Sky's Head of Politics, Business and Specialist Journalism Esme Wren told the RTS:

    “‘why do we keep going to the North East with the Tories?’ It’s because they sense that those seats are vulnerable. They feel confident that they could get such a swing that those seats which would have been unheard of, are all of a sudden in the game.”

    However , as the story develops, a number of Tory targets in the region are remaining in Labour hands.

    Read more from Esme Wren.

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  67. There is laughter in the newsroom as Jeremy Corbyn's high-five goes unreturned in Islington

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  68. The pound plunged as financial markets were rocked by the shock exit poll #GE2017  http://trib.al/RukSr34 
  69. "The structure of politics has been changing in last 2/3 years" says Kenneth Clarke, and "parliament will have to address historic matters" pic.twitter.com/fVCAu0v99K
  70. The election is "turning out to be one of the most remarkable elections I can remember in a very long time," says Kenneth Clarke who has just been reelected in Rushcliffe.

    It is far cry from the outlook when May called the election where there was talk of a huge Conservative majority. However, as Election Night Director Jon Bennett reminded the RTS: "The story will change," he predicted. For the director, the most important thing was to "have to have the expertise and analysis and journalism in the right places to tell those stories.”

    Editor Nick Phipps agreed, saying "we are covered for even the extremes of eventualities."

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  71. Those watching Sky's coverage will notice that much of the science of the show is built in sight of the cameras. The banks of journalists you can see behind Adam Boulton are crunching the data that is coming in from the Sky 250 project and coordinating with the on-screen talent to give them the most up-to-date information.

    Putting the backstage centrestage is key to Sky's proposition tonight, says Election Night Director Jon Bennett who has directed every election night that Sky News have done.

    “In a very Sky way, we build our technology in sight of the cameras. Behind Adam… and around the studio you will be able to see all the people within the building working on that product,” he says

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  72. Humble speech from Nick Clegg who says there's a huge gap between the young & old in the country.
  73. Former Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Sir Vince Cable has won in Twickenham regaining the seat he lost to the Conservatives in 2015
  74. Theresa May making it clear she is going nowhere #GE2017
  75. Theresa May: If the Conservatives are the largest party it is incumbent on us to ensure we have that period of stability
  76. Theresa May says we need a period of stability.I repeat: Brexit negotiations start on June 19th and UK may not have a government. #GE2017
  77. Jeremy Corbyn has called on Theresa May to resign saying she should "make way for a government that is truly representative of this country"
  78. "The country needs a period of stability," Theresa May has said, after securing the Conservative seat in Maidenhead #GE2017 #Vote2017 pic.twitter.com/ojoYFAvF1q
  79. Labour have kept hold of Sedgewick, Tony Blair's former constituency, despite talk during the campaign that the seat would swing to Conservatives. "I don't personally think that will happen," Lewis Goodall predicted, "but the fact that we're even talking about it" is remarkable.

    Find out more from Lewis Goodall.

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  80. PM saying she will stay on if Tories largest party... but she also said repeatedly, that if they lose 6 seats Corbyn PM...
  81. Farron reaches for dignified response to wafer-thin majority. With a large Fish Finger standing behind him.
  82. Lib Dem gain in Eastbourne! But Farron's majority down to the 100s. #GE2017
  83. Who, at the start of the night, would have predicted Labour would be winning seats like Canterbury? Astounding... pic.twitter.com/UPBATd0xUC
  84. Four weeks ago Conservatives were on course to take seats that had been Labour since the 1930s...  https://twitter.com/jack_blanchard_/status/872994203994914816 
  85. Conservatives will have some problems governing in PArliament if they are reliant on Scottish MPs, thanks to its own EVEL policy.
  86. Lib Dems already on 9 seats - one up from 2015 election #GE2017
  87. Nicola Sturgeon: "There's clearly uncertainty around Brexit and independence... there's a lot of thinking for the SNP to do" #GE2017
  88. If the Tories are losing Ipswich, Peterborough, and Shipley, let alone Battersea - gut feeling, forecasts will go down  https://twitter.com/aaqibjaved24/status/873006059367092225 
  89. Labour heading for 270ish - need 280 plus or so for Corbyn to pass a Queen's Speech with help from other progressive parties..still possible
  90. Labour at 200 seats. With hundreds of results to go. At the start of this many thought they wouldn't get 200 seats at all. #GE2017
  91. “When people come here and they go to the news gallery, they are always amazed at how calm it is. Even on election night. It's an incredible hum of action. Everyone is just kind of on it,” says Sky News’ Election Night editor Nick Phipps.

    Right now, Phipps is in the gallery with director Jon Bennett, Editor of On-Screen Information Paul Bromley, Sky boss John Ryley and Director of Content Cristina Nicolotti Squires.

    They sit before a huge bank of screens, with feeds coming in from over 300 locations.

    “May. OS5” comes a shout from the back of the room. Theresa May has just arrived at the Maidenhead count. Bennett cuts to the Prime Minister as she makes her way into the count, while Phipps warns anchor Adam Boulton about the arrival.

    For the first time, the busy tranquillity of the gallery is disrupted as Phipps and the team follow the arrival of the Conservative party leader.

    Unsurprisingly May won a clear majority and, as she made her speech, Phipps and Bennett lined up the next shot, taking the action out of Maidenhead and across the country.

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  92. Conservatives won the local elections handsomely during the first weeks of this campaign. Had #GE2017 been held then Tories would have won.
  93. NEW SKY FORECAST: Hung parliament with Tories on 315-325. Just short but manageable with DUP. #GE2017
  94. Sky forecast: hung parliament, Conservatives projected to get 315-325 seats #GE2017
  95. One thing is certain. The next election won't be in 2022. #GE2017
  96. “These are times of real change in the United Kingdom,” Sky anchor Adam Boulton told the RTS.

    One of the major stories of the night is across the water in Northern Ireland.

    “We can see a lot of volatility in the electorate in Northern Ireland as there is elsewhere in the UK, so we expect quite a lot to change there. Bear in mind that their government is stagnated, that there’s a big issue about the border following Brexit.”

    With Sky’s election forecast now predicting a hung parliament due to the Conservatives winning an anticipated 315-325 seats, the story in Northern Ireland may be fundamental. The DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) could provide the numbers that the Conservatives would need to reach a majority, should the parties decide to form a coalition.

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  97. Conservatives have just overtaken Labour on results announced so far - Con 229 Lab 222 LD 10 SNP 31 #GE2017
  98. Economics Editor @EdConwaySky has the latest on the #GE2017 battleground, looking at targets for Labour and the Conservatives #Vote2017 pic.twitter.com/9QQA5FOIBB
  99. Sir Vince Cable to @adamboultonSKY: "We're not joining a coalition. We've been very clear about that."
  100. According to our calculations the graduates in a constituency worse the Tories are doing. #GE2017
  101. If you are watching closely on the Sky 250 feeds, you will notice that occasionally a red card will be waved in front of the camera. Valerie Hamill who oversaw the 250 project explains:

    "Our stringers on the ground will be flagging up to us [constituencies which are about to declare] in a very high tech way which is waving a red card in front of the camera that we have included in [their] kits"

    To learn more about the 250 project, read our interview with Valerie.

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  102. A SECOND recount in Home Secretary Amber Rudd's constituency of Hastings & Rye - apparently just 100 votes in it #GE2017
  103. With well over 500 seats in the share of the vote difference is razor thin.Tories on 41.4% and Labour 40.6%. Labour up 9.5% on 2015. #GE2017
  104. It's just starting to get light here in Westminster... I'm into my seventh hour of broadcasting... what an extraordinary night #GE2017
  105. When we caught up with Lewis Goodall we spoke about how recent elections have seen a muddying of the traditional two-party system, thanks to the rise of parties like the SNP and UKIP. Unexpectedly, tonight's results are indicating a return to the two-party politics of the 20th century.

    Hear more from Lewis.

    Strange return of 2 party politics. Last time Labour and Tories both had more than 40% of vote was 1970. #GE2017
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  106. Conservatives defeat Alex Salmond in Gordon... a Portillo moment
  107. While Nicola Sturgeon was being interviewed by Channel 4, the reports came in that former SNP leader Alec Salmond had lost his seat. Current SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon then declined to speak to Sky News.

    Alex Salmond loses seat as Nicola Sturgeon speaks to C4. Nicola Sturgeon then refuses to speak to Sky. pic.twitter.com/bN9uvOrUFi
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  108. Labour have just passed their 2015 results of 232 seats. #GE2017
  109. UKIP currently on 1.9% of the vote down 11%. They are obliterated as a political force. #GE2017
  110. Sky News revised forecast: hung parliament, Conservatives 315-321 Labour 260-66
  111. Labour have made 34 gains so far - 26 from Conservatives
  112. Following initial plunge after exit poll, sterling has stabilised against $. On EURef night it kept plunging. Equity futures only off a bit. pic.twitter.com/sQv8meyXPc
  113. For the eagle-eyed viewer, you may have spotted a card flash across the screen. That means that a declaration is imminent. It is designed to grab the attention of the gallery.

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  114. We are predicting that Conservatives will have 318. With DUP that would be a majority of 6. #GE2017
  115. The RTS team are behind the scenes at Sky News as the broadcaster covers the General Election 2017. Key Sky figures including Adam Boulton and Director of Content Cristina Nicolotti Squires tell us what goes in to covering the election, and give us the inside track on the biggest event of the year.

    Meet key figures from @SkyNews as we go behind the scenes on #ElectionNight at the broadcaster #GE2017 - watch here:  http://bit.ly/2r1JzFM  pic.twitter.com/LR0PJSp2NC
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  116. Just waking up? Sky News forecast a hung Parliament, Conservatives 315-321 seats, Labour 260-266
  117. Head of Sky Data at Sky News, Harry Carr unpacks the key trends in this election.

    The electorate is divided along age lines, with older voters favoring the stability promised by the Conservatives, while younger voters lean towards Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party's more inspirational message. In the middle, the demographic is split fairly evenly between Labour and the Conservatives.

    These figures are interesting in light of suggestions throughout the campaign that Corbyn's positive message was just not being believed by voters - including young voters. Additionally, in past elections the turnout among young voters has been low. Reports suggest that this is not the case in the 2017 election, with turnout in university and college areas being notably higher than in 2015.

    Find out more about the mood around the country during the campaign as Political Correspondent Lewis Goodall talks to the RTS about what he saw.

    Head of @SkyData @harrydcarr gives us the inside track on some of the key voting patterns from #GE2017 pic.twitter.com/gGhOKrlTvO
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  118. If you're just waking up, the sun is rising on the biggest upset in modern British political history. #GE2017
  119. Louise Hastings, Senior News Editor is leading the team whole are making sure that Sky can follow the story - wherever it's happening. After the shock exit poll was released, Sky's OB vans were on the move to where the story suddenly appeared to be.

    "Fleet of foot" was how Sky's Head of Content described the broadcaster, and Hastings agrees.

    Flexibility, agility and a desperation for the story. That's what it takes to work @SkyNews #GE2017 pic.twitter.com/0RGkEF6oWl
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  120. Tories now have more seats in Scotland than at any time since 1983. They've beaten Labour in %vote e for first time since Macmillan in 59.
  121. Theresa May tried to frame this election as a Brexit election, Political Correspondent Lewis Goodall told us, in an effort to grant her a strong mandate in the negotiations with the EU. The Brexit result, and a second referendum, formed a major part of Liberal Democrats' campaign discussion.

    However the data shows us that did not work, and higher up the list of voters' priorities were issues like the NHS. The social care U-turn made by the Conservative party early in the campaign proved a major influence on voter behaviour.

    Additionally the data showed that the controversial Leaders' debates were unsuccessful in persuading viewers on way or the other, with only 7% of people having their decision effected by what they saw.

    Head of Sky Data, Harry Carr leads a team of journalists and mathematicians who use computer models to predict voting behaviour. For more from him, watch our behind the scenes video with key Sky News figures.

    What was this election about? Head of @SkyData @harrydcarr lets us know (and it's not Brexit) #GE2017 pic.twitter.com/KWUTqmy1zX
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  122. With a hung Parliament, another election is a real possibility... hope you're enjoying all this voting... #GE2017
  123. Higher turnout predictions were right. Highest since 1997. #GE2017
  124. It is now mathematically impossible for the Conservatives to get a majority
  125. This is now only the third hung parliament since the war. Two of which in the last seven years. Very strong and stable. #GE2017
  126. Lord Adonis tells me the election result may mean the UK stays in the single market
  127. With fewer that 20 seats still to be declared, it is now impossible for any party to get an overall majority. Political Correspondent Lewis Goodall reports that this is only the third hung parliament since the war - and the second in seven years.

    Thanks to the uncertainty of the result, it will be many hours - days even - until the result is know.

    At Sky HQ in west London, the team are reeling from a long and unexpectedly tense election night. Director Jon Bennett was supposed to finish at 6am, having spent the past 14 hours in the studio - although if 2015 is anything to go by he won't be leaving for another few hours. Nick Phipps is with him as they try and tie up any loose ends from the night.

    Valerie Hamill is still there - back of shot - behind Adam Boulton with her fellow 250 producers.

    Lewis Goodall is on set with Economics Editor Ed Conway and Editor-at-large Adam Conway offering insight into the results as they come in.

    Sky's Editor of On-Screen Information Paul Bromley noted that, as special as election shows are for all news broadcasters, for Sky they're both extraordinary and ordinary:

    "For us, it is no different to any other day in the sense that we are providing 24-hours of news coverage. We're doing that today, we did it yesterday, we'll do it tomorrow, we'll do it on Saturday and Sunday and Monday and Tuesday. For us it is a special event, it is a special programme, but it is still exactly the same as what Sky News does all the time: providing accurate, fast information from the most reliable sources"

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  128. That is all from the RTS live blog behind the scenes at Sky News. It was part of our Inside Sky's Election Campaign series which went behind the scenes at the broadcaster as they covered the biggest story of 2017.


    If there's anything you missed, or anything you want to know, tweet us @RTS_media.


    This live blog was written by Ed Gove, Deputy Editor of the Royal Television Society.

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