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Date: 09/06/2017

The UK has woken up this morning to news of a hung parliament.

So far the Conservatives have attained 318 seats (down 13 on 2015) Labour have attained 216 (up 29 seats), The SNP have achieved 35 (a loss of 21), and the Lib Dems have attained 12 seats (up 4). The DUP have achieved 10 seats (up 2) and 13 seats have been won by other parties.

In Herefordshire and Worcestershire, the Conservatives held on to all the seats, with some MPs seeing their majorities increasing and others decreasing. The election also sees the introduction of new MP Rachel MacLean in Redditch.

Turnout to the election was the highest since 1997 at 69%, a 2% increase.

Sophia Haywood, Policy Manager at Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, said:

“These results place even more uncertainty on our local business community, who have already persevered through recent years of political and economic turbulence. Businesses are already grappling with currency fluctuations, rising costs, and the potential impacts of Brexit. It is vital there is a swift formation of a functioning government to build business confidence and our wider economic prospects ahead of the EU negotiations. Just as businesses come together in difficult times, so should our politicians.”