Hyndburn has gone to the polls as the people of Britain decide who they want to be the next Prime Minister.
The general election typically takes place every four to five years, but on April 18 Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election ahead of the start of negotiations on the UK leaving the European Union.
The polls closed at 10pm. Votes are now being counted and results will begin to come in from the early hours of the morning.
The Accrington Observer will bring you all the action throughout the night and reporter Jon Macpherson will be at the count at Accrington Town Hall to give you the results as they are announced.
Follow our live blog for updates.
We are about to wrap up our coverage from the General Election result here in Hyndburn.
It’s been a very successful night for the Labour party who have retained the seat and increased their majority.
Make sure you stay tuned to the Observer website for more reaction on Friday.
Thank you everyone for following the live blog and good night.
Graham Jones happy to increase voter numbers
Graham said: “Last time I got 18,000 votes and this time 24,000 people voted for me.
“I’m always grateful to every single person who has made a conscious decision to vote for me.
“The challenge I inherited 10 years ago was a divisive borough and I don’t want to see divisive politics. I want to see positive politics.
“I want to see people working together for the borough.”
Graham Jones impressed by Jeremy Corbyn's performance
Graham added: “I think he has surprised a lot of people in the way that he has come across.
“He means what he says. He’s honest, whether you agree with him or disagree with him.
“Some of the attacks on Jeremy Corbyn have gone too far.
“I think he has improved significantly and I don’t think anybody can take that away from him.
“I don’t think there’s such a thing as business as usual. We may end up in another general election in six to 12 months time.
“But we do have a strong opposition and I think that will be very helpful.
Graham Jones delighted to win third term
Graham Jones said he is delighted to retain his parliamentary seat and increase his majority.
He said he is now ready for bed after a long campaign
He said: “Obviously there’s a bit of enthusiasm and excitement about the result but I don’t think you can underestimate the amount of hard work that has gone into it, particularly off the back of the county council elections.
“It’s taken its toll and I do feel very tired.
“You are always happy when you increase your majority but you have got to take triumphs and defeat in equal measure.
“You never get complacent and I do appreciate the fact that I have won a third term.
“I thank the people of Hyndburn and Haslingden for electing me. My promise as always is a pretty simple promise, to work hard for this borough.
“I haven’t been watching the TV or really seen any of the other results but I think we are a long way short of a majority. We will have to make an assessment based on the number of seats we do have.
“I think there’s a degree of uncertainty around the country and that really concerns me.
“I want to see a Labour government and majority and I don’t think that’s going to happen at this election. I think we are going to fall a long way short.”
Full Hyndburn results
Lib Dems: 824
Labour win and increase majority
Graham Jones has retained the Hyndburn seat and increased his majority to 5,815 votes.
All smiles for Labour
Labour are on course for a big win in Hyndburn tonight.
There are lots of smiles on Labour supporters faces and quite the opposite from the Tories.
We should have the result shortly. The last few ballots are being counted.
Increased majority for Labour?
Labour Party sources believe they will have increased their majority in Hyndburn to somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000.
Graham Jones won by 4,400 back in 2015.
We should have an official result here by 2.30am.
Burnley results in full
Labour - Julie Cooper 18,832
Conservatives - Paul White 12,479
Liberal Democrats - Gordon Birtwistle 6,046
UKIP - Tom Commis 2,472
Green Party - Laura Fisk 461
Elsewhere in East Lancashire
Labour’s Julie Cooper holds the Burnley seat
Labour ahead by 4,000?
Sources in the Labour Party tell me that candidate Graham Jones is about 4,000 votes ahead so far.
However there area lot more ballots still to be counted and it also depends on which parts of the borough are still to be counted.
As soon as I have a verified result I will bring it to you asap.
People are now betting on Jeremy Corbyn being Prime Minister
Could it happen?
Well, people are now putting money on it.
Here are the odds now, according to BetFred.
And this from Coral:
'We have been stabbed in the back by own own party'
UKIP councillor Paul Thompson said has accused his own party of undermining their election campaign by encouraging voters to turn to the Conservatives.
Ukip has suffered a collapse in its vote, with many people who backed the party in 2015 switching to the Tories or Labour.
Early results have seen the party’s vote down by around 13pc on 2015, when under Nigel Farage it secured a 12.6pc share of the national vote but just a single MP.
Coun Thompson said: “From what I’ve seen there’s been a complete collapse of UKIP. I would be surprised if we didn’t see that here in Hyndburn.
“But what can you do when your own party stabs you in the back?
“Nine years I have grafted for UKIP here in Hyndburn. They are telling my lads to go out and vote Conservative. What kind of party does that to its own people?
“I think it will be a close run thing in Hyndburn (between Labour and the Tories).
“Obviously in 2015 there were different factors, we had different leaders and UKIP was doing exceptionally well.
“Everybody thought the UKIP vote would got to the Conservatives but I think it will be a mix.
“The younger voters have come out in force for Labour so they can get the extra holidays and free university tuition fees.
“I won’t give up in Hyndburn. Nationally I don’t know what will happen. If it does collapse then I will form an independent party.”
The prediction for England so far
Ukip collapse is striking
With the general election on a knife-edge, the UKIP collapse might not be the “big” story. But it is hugely striking nonetheless. In the nine seats to declare so far, UKIP won 56,780 votes in 2015. This year, they have won just 13,490.
That is despite significantly rising turnouts overall. Labour, for example, are up from 148,409 to 192,437, while the Conservatives are up from 96,728 to 131,509.
UKIP might of course do better in their so-called “heartland” areas. But the early signs for the party are very bad indeed.
Kevin Horkin has arrived - and says the election is still 'too early to call'
Conservative candidate Kevin Horkin say it is still ‘very early’ to predict the outcome of the general election.
He said: “It’s very, very early doors. The exit poll as it came out on TV, I found very difficult to believe, certainly based on what I’ve seen here in Hyndburn.
“I have been on the doorstep for weeks and is doesn’t bear any kind of relation to what I have experienced.
“There’s only something like a dozen seats that have declared so far so you don’t have by any stretch of the imagination a clear indication of how the night is going to go.
“At 1.10am it’s certainly all to play for.”
Police investigating serious collision in Clayton-le-Moors
Away from the hustle and bustle of the election, we’ve just been informed by police of a serious collision in Clayton-le-Moors.
A Hyndburn Police spokesperson said: “The incident happened at around 9.20pm on Thursday, June, outside the Hare and Hounds pub between Burnley Road, Blackburn Road and Whalley Road.
“A man believed to be in his twenties has suffered a serious leg injury and has been taken to hospital to be treated.
“Officers are looking into the circumstances leading up to the collision and are asking anyone with information to come forward by calling 101 quoting incident reference 1479 of June 8th.
“Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.”
The prediction for England
Kevin Horkin still to arrive
Conservative candidate is still to arrive at Accrington Town Hall.
I’ve been told by Tory colleagues that he should be here in the next 10 minutes.
'We've had a good reception on the door' - Tories
Marlene added: “We’ve had a really good reception on the doorstep, how how it goes at the polling is booth - it’s que sera sera.
“We put together and excellent campaign and we worked very, very hard, like the other local parties. Whoever wins, wins.”
Tory shock at lower election turnout
Former councillor Marlene Haworth has been serving as Conservative candidate Kevin Horkin’s campaign agent.
Speaking on the lower turnout in Hyndburn, she said: “I’m quite surprised that it’s down.
“We have been travelling around the polling stations and there have been lots of queues outside.
“We thought it would be quite high and the postal vote has been high.”
General elections are thirsty work
The bar at the Accrington Town Hall Ballroom is certainly having roaring trade tonight.
Hyndburn turnout down on 2015
The turnout is in for Hyndburn and 61.98pc of the electorate have voted in this year’s General Election.
That is down from the 2015 where 62.8pc voted.
Key quotes of the night so far
Former chancellor George Osborne, axed under Theresa May, said the exit poll indicated a “catastrophic” night for the Conservatives.
He told ITV: “It is early days, it’s a poll, if the poll is anything like accurate this is completely catastrophic for the Conservatives and for Theresa May
“It’s difficult to see, if these numbers are right, how they would put together the coalition to remain in office.”
Tory Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon told the BBC: “This is a projection, it’s not a result.
“These exit polls have been wrong in the past.”
Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said it was still early but told Sky News: “They have been right for the last 20 years or so, 30 years, so I think we’re on the verge of a great result.
“Just think only seven weeks ago the hubris of the Prime Minister who was 20 points ahead, who wanted to have a blank cheque, she wanted to do whatever she wanted with the country with Brexit, with the economy, with our National Health Service and we said no and we meant it.”
Ukip leader Paul Nuttall wrote on Twitter: “If the exit poll is true then Theresa May has put Brexit in jeopardy. I said at the start this election was wrong. Hubris.”
Former England striker and Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker, referring to Mrs May’s decision to call a snap election, wrote on Twitter: “I think Theresa May has won own goal of the season.”
It was a theme picked up by Christopher Snowdon, the Spectator writer. Referring to an interview Mrs May gave earlier in the week, he wrote on Twitter: “This is a new contender for the naughtiest thing Theresa May has ever done.”
'Theresa May should have kept the status quo'
Tony Dobson said: “When you’re so far ahead there’s only one way you can go.
“I think the lesson is when you are that far ahead that you keep the status quo. If you have 43pc of the vote then you keep that.
“We threw a bit of confusion in there about free school meals and the thing which became called the dementia tax.
“Jeremy Corbyn was at his lowest point when the election was called and he was only going to go one way.
“We have certainly worked hard in Hyndburn for it to be a close call.
“If the exit poll is right then obviously Graham Jones will heave eased back in for another five years.”If the poll is wrong then hopefully Kevin Horkin is ahead with a couple of thousand votes.
“Certainly when we’ve been going out canvassing we’ve had a good response.
“We’ve been modernising the way we have been canvassing over the last few years and we have been able to identify people a lot easier and quicker.”
'Terror attacks haven't helped Conservatives'
Tony Dobson added: “I think it probably has affected us more than Labour because the Prime Minister was home secretary for six of the last seven years.
“I don’t think there’s any connection there particularly but it’s very easy to throw the narrative out there and to say there is a connection. I don’t think that has helped us.
Conservative group leader Tony Dobson's reaction to exit poll
Hyndburn’s Conservative group leader Tony Dobson has been speaking about the exit poll and what it means for their party both locally and nationally.
He said: “The pollsters have got a recent history of getting it wrong and we will find our over the next six or seven hours.
“If the exit polls have got it right then obviously it’s a very disappointing night for the Conservatives and would mean we have not had as good response as we were hoping for in Hyndburn.
“From a national point of view Theresa May has not really shifted. When she called the election she was at the pinnacle with 43pc of the vote.
“What has really moved is a lot of people moving away from the Lib Dems and UKIP and probably liking what Jeremy Corbyn has had to say.
“Some of the policies he has made, as a narrative, have a lot of attraction to people. It’s when you get behind the narrative and into the detail of the policies and how they are being paid for that they don’t add up.
“It’s looking like we heading into hung parliament territory and that means we could be back at the polls in September or October.”
Verification process still going
I’m hearing that there will be another 30-40 minutes of verifying the ballot papers before the count can begin.
Once the verification is done then I will be able to bring you the turnout figure.
'If I lose I'll be in the job centre on Monday' - Graham Jones
Graham Jones praised the ‘positive’ campaign run by Labour in Hyndburn and hopes it will help him retain his parliamentary seat.
He said: “It didn’t need to be a nasty campaign. The great lesson here is lets talk about the good things in life. lets talk about Britain being great rather than attacking each other.
“I always said you treat triumph and disaster as equal imposters. We have been campaigning in Hyndburn since October because of the county council elections.
“I’m not thinking of anything other than sleep which is what I said in 2010 when I won.
“I have personally worked really hard, sometimes too hard. I will continue to work hard for Hyndburn if I’m re-elected and if not I will be in the job centre on Monday morning.”
Graham Jones slams Theresa May
Hyndburn’s Labour candidate Graham Jones has slammed Theresa May and said ‘the nasty party is back’.
He said: “The exit poll is a complete shock. I think voters have made their minds up in the last 24 hours.
“I think this has completely backfired on her and I think it’s a toxic set of circumstances.
“She has run an abysmal campaign, a negative campaign and I think the voters have seen through that.
“I’m not attacking the Tories, it doesn’t matter which party does it.
“In Hyndburn we’ve had 20 leaflets all attacking Jeremy Corbyn day after day. People know Jeremy Corbyn has his faults, I know he has his faults, but our party can’t be anything other than hopeful.
“Theresa May’s six years as Home Secretary have been completely exposed.
“She had the arrogance to think the country could give her a landslide. Rather than look after the Union, she is more interested in the Tory party.
“The nasty party is back.”
Graham Jones pictured with election manager and Hyndburn council leader Miles Parkinson