UK general election 2017: Conservatives lose majority

The result of the 2017 general election has shocked everyone, with Theresa May's Conservatives having lost their Commons majority.

So, who are the night's big winners and losers so far?

Britain's Conservatives have lost their majority in a snap general election that has resulted in a hung parliament.

The most obvious winner is the Labour leader himself, a man who less than 12 months ago couldn't even win a vote of confidence from his own MPs.

Jeremy Corbyn was written off at the start of this campaign, with pollsters predicting he would lead Labour to a historic landslide defeat.

But the 68-year-old left-winger has surprised everyone with his easy campaigning ability in an election calculated by Conservative high command to focus voters on the choice between him and Theresa May.

"Whatever the final result, our positive campaign has changed politics for the better," calling on the Prime Minister to go.

May, who had a small majority in the previous parliament - had called an early election to try to improve her negotiation positions on Brexit.

But European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the vote had plunged the talks - due to start later this month - into further uncertainty.

"One year after their referendum, we still don't know the British position in the negotiations on Brexit and it seems difficult to predict when we will," she said.

Corbyn earlier said, "If there is a message from tonight's results, it's this: the prime minister called this election because she wanted a mandate. Well, the mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence."

"I would have thought that's enough to go and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country," he added.

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