Oh what a night. I've had very little sleep over the last 36 hours so my head is still rather mushy, that said I'll try to make sense of what happened last night.
It is clear that there was "national swing" in any meaningful definition of the term. There were seats that parties were expecting to win or to hold which they did not and seats which they were probably surprised to lose.
There were a number of local battles where the campaigning machines of the parties cancelled each other out, Hammersmith, Tooting, Westminster North, Cheltenham, Chippenham etc. These seats were well known as being Conservative target seats and were well defended by the incumbents.
The Conservative result is a good one, not a great one but a good one. The starting point was near our lowest ever level and while I had always hoped for an outright majority I knew that it would be a huge mountain to climb.
We now have a hung parliament which, as you may be aware, I think is a terrible situation. I genuinely don't know how the negotiations and party political positioning will play out but I hope it is resolved soon.
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