05:48 Ealing Central and Acton was considered a key battleground, one of the few score marginals that could settle the election.
But the definitive exit polls at the start of the night robbed this constituency of any national significance, even as the count remained neck and neck right until the end.
Here is the declaration in full:
05:42 There was a large police presence tonight.
05:20 Green candidate Tom Sharman is ‘really pleased’ with the number of people who voted for him. Membership of the Green Party ‘has quadrupled in the last year,’ and this is reflected in Ealing.
05:13 An astonishing 53 people voted for too many candidates.
111 ballot papers were disqualified for uncertainty.
Tammy Rendle of The Above and Beyond Party considered a vote for a her as good as a spoilt ballot.
Thank you to the 54 brave souls willing to use their votes this year to say ‘none of the above’ with teeth @VoteAboveBeyond
— tammy rendle (@tammyrendle) May 8, 2015
05:00 In summary, Rupa Huq has become the MP for Ealing Central and Acton, beating Tory candidate Angie Bray by 434 votes.
Dr Huq is only the second MP for this young constituency. A breakdown of the other results in this constituency poll: The Lib Dems received 3,106 votes, almost 10,000 fewer than in 2010.
The Green Party received 1,841 votes, up from 737 last time.
1,926 people voted for UKIP, almost three times as many as in 2010.
Ms Rendle was less delighted with her 54 votes than the Tories no longer representing Ealing Central and Acton.
Mr Dore was just shy of a tonne with 73 votes.
The Acting Returning Officer read out the results.
03:47 With the results in candidates’ speeches contained barbs and pointed looks. Rupa Huq’s victory speech commended her rivals for a tough campaign, in which they ‘fought hard, sometimes literally.’ She said this was a reference to her being ‘manhandled’ by a Tory activist on 3rd May. Angie Bray was grateful for ‘a fair, clean campaign- on the whole’, throwing a swift look over her shoulder.
03:45 Angie Bray visibly distraught at her extremely narrow defeat.
She’s lost by a few hundred votes. It may well be the case that Labour picked up votes from the collapse in Liberal Democrat support
03:42 Colossal cheers from the Labour crowd as Rupa’s victory became apparent.
Dr Huq vowed ‘to make sure that Ealing has a great future.’
03:34 Ealing Southall results just in: Virenda Sharma for Labour Party has been elected.
03:29 Steve Pound of Labour Party elected to Ealing North.
03:09 Labour candidate Rupa Huq is elected MP for Ealing Central and Acton with 22,002.
Angie Bray fewer than 500 votes behind with 21,728 votes.
Calamity for Lib Dems: 3,106.
UKIP’s Peter Florence in fourth with 1,926 votes.
Tom Sharman of the Green Party was pleased with 1,841.
01:39 Anxious faces and nervous smiles after an hour of counting.
00:57 The count has begun! The Green Party’s Tom Sherman has the scoop.
— Tom_Sharman (@Tom_Sharman) May 7, 2015
00:35 Just announced: the turnout for Ealing Central and Acton was 71.5%. This is up from 67.52% in 2010.
The average voter turnout in the 2010 general election was 65.1%.
23:55 Independent candidate Jonathan Notley has provided an update on the count so far.
— Jonathan Notley (@notley4ealing) May 7, 2015
23:11 Ballot boxes are in and the verification process is underway.
The count has been delayed because the boxes didn’t come in as quickly as expected. The declaration is expected around 5 am.
22:35 Liberal Democrat Candidate Jon Ball is sceptical of exit polls predicting a Tory swing.
Exit poll projection looks very unlikely to me. #fb
— JonBall (@JonBall) May 7, 2015
22:00 Ballot boxes are trickling in amid tight security. ————-
Hello. I’m Robbie MacInnes and I’m your reporter for the election counting in the London constituency of Ealing Central and Acton- currently held by Conservative MP Angie Bray.
Before Ms Bray went into politics she was a radio journalist working for LBC in London and British Forces Broadcasting.
The result of voting here could be a major indication of the fortunes of the Tories and Labour. Labour need to win this marginal to have any chance of ending up as the party with the most seats at Westminster.
If Angie holds onto it- the Tories will be very pleased and confident of the outcome in London and the rest of the country.
A reminder of the candidates: Jon Ball – Liberal Democrats Angie Bray – Conservative Party Scott Dore – Workers Revolutionary Party Peter Florence – UK Independence Party Rupa Huq – Labour Party Jonathan Notley – Independent Tammy Rendle – Above and Beyond Andrzej Rygielski – Europeans Party Tom Sharman – Green Party