General election: Hackney goes to the polls

Residents across the borough have started casting their votes in the general election.

Residents across the borough have started casting their votes in the general election. - Credit: Getty Images

Residents across the borough have began to cast their votes in this year’s general election.

Thousands of people will have their say on who will be the MPs for both constituencies in the borough – Hackney North and Stoke Newington, and Hackney South and Shoreditch.

The seats have been respectively retained by Labour’s Diane Abbott since 1987 years and by Meg Hillier for 10 years.

But the overall outcome of the general election is the most uncertain for decades, with no party on course to emerge a clear winner.

Last-ditch appeals by party leaders did nothing to break the opinion poll deadlock and left the country facing the prospect of another hung parliament.


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But with millions apparently still undecided or open to changing their minds, the likely new Westminster balance of power remained highly unclear.

Among the last set of polls, three showed the main parties level pegging, three had the Conservatives in front by a single point and one gave Labour a two-point advantage.

Keep checking our dedicated election section for all of today’s news as it happens.

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