Adrian Leibowitz

When Theresa May announced this snap general election on April 18, she wanted a Brexit election, one that was going to consolidate and increase her Commons majority ahead of negotiations with the EU.

At that point the smart money was on May achieving her aim of trouncing Labour, sweeping the board and establishing an unassailable Conservative majority.

Not only was this going to be an absolute rout for Labour but their campaign got off to a bad start when Dianne Abbot, shadow Home Secretary, fluffed her figures live on LBC early in May.

About a week later Labour’s manifesto was leaked to the press. This was the most radical manifesto since the 1974 election, promising spending on public services and the renationalization of the railways, water and electricity.

The leaking of this document was designed to put Corbyn and Labour on the back foot and be the final nail in the coffin of their campaign.

In my estimation this was when Labour’s campaign really got going. This generated a great deal of discussion about the manifesto, probably much more so than had there simply been a conventional launch.

Then there is the issue of the debates. We heard it here on Beds TV, when the associate editor of the Daily Mail, Andrew Pearce told one of our student reporters that ‘delivery and presentation’ is not Theresa May’s strong point. And so it has proven to be the case.

And this has damaged her during this campaign and although Corbyn is not trusted or liked in the country his plain speaking, quiet but straightforward delivery has won him plaudits over the past few weeks. He even faced Jeremy Paxman, scourge of many a politician and survived pretty unscathed.

There have been tough moments on the campaign – like for instance when Corbyn was being grilled about why he wouldn’t press the nuclear button, and was rescued by a young member of the audience who wondered why everyone was so keen on, as she said, “murdering millions of people” which succinctly put the point just at the right time for Corbyn, and got a round of applause.

The terrorist attacks have also tested the Labour campaign. It is usual in the political cut and thrust for the Conservatives to play on their image of being tough on law and order and Labour traditionally being seen as weak in this area.

However, the Conservative cuts in Police numbers over the past seven years has seen Theresa May defensive on this issue.

‘For the Many, not the Few’ has been the official Labour slogan. Its unofficial refrain has been ‘Make June the end of May’.  Despite the turn around in the fortunes of Labour during this campaign its unlikely that this will happen.

However, this election campaign has given Corbyn an opportunity to demonstrate his leadership skills in a way that hadn’t been obvious before and even if he loses he has absolutely earned the right to lead Labour after this general election.

Theresa May is probably wishing she could say the same about her own prospects, even if she wins tonight.

By Inês Linhares Dias.

Labour took Battersea from the Conservatives – a seat that has consistently elected the winning party since 1987. And soon the Labour leadership was calling for May’s head.

They overturned the majority for Tory Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jane Ellison.

This was the first major seat that Labour took from the Conservatives.

The Conservative MP held the seat since 2010.

It is also the first bellwether seat Labour has secured in tonight’s vote, after losing Nuneaton to the Tories, that held 51,6% of the votes, against Labour’s 41,3%.

Labour also gained Rutherglen & Hamilton West from the SNP in Scotland, with a slim majority of 265 votes, and his expected to take at least two other seats.

The SNP is predicted to hold a majority, but it is expected to drop from 56 seats to 34.

This is shaping up to be a really bad night for Theresa May.

Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, said: “May is  a damaged PM and may never recover”. Jeremy Corbyn re-asserted the need for May to resign

Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is taking a more cautious road, but he has claimed that “whatever the final result, our positive campaign has changed politics for the better”.

By Jake Nichol.

Labour have starting making inroads in to Scotland, suggesting they are growing in strength, as the night winds on.

Labour are quietly confident of securing seats in Glasgow, despite down-playing expectations at the start of polling day.

James Cairney, at the Glasgow East count confirmed that “things weren’t good” at the end of campaigning. Now however Labour claimed the scalps of nearby Rutherglen and Hamilton West from the SNP.

Making inroads in Scotland is absolutely crucial for Labour to have any hope of winning the election, and claiming its first victory north of the border is sure to boost the party’s morale.

Gerard Killen managed to overturn a 9,975 SNP majority in the constituency just south of Glasgow, to win the seat with 19,101 votes which equates to just 265 votes, with 37.5% of the vote.

The Conservatives increased their share of the vote by 12%, but were still lagging nearly by nearly double their 9,941 votes.