Polling stations opened on Thursday across Britain in an election to choose a new government after the campaign was hit by two terrorist attacks.
Polls will remain open from 7am to 10pm (0600GMT to 2100GMT) as voters choose 650 lawmakers for the House of Commons.
Prime Minister Theresa May called the snap election in hopes of increasing the Conservative Party’s slim majority in Parliament, and strengthening her hand in European Union exit talks.
Here are live updates on the UK elections:
12.50pm: As Britain votes to pick its next PM, here is a a look at the three candidates:
12.40pm: A voter arrives at a polling station in Stamford Hill, north London.
12.30pm: People are voting across Britain to pick their next Prime Minister. Here are five controversies that erupted in the run-up to the election:
1) May ruling out a mid-term election six times, but announcing one on April 18.
2) May not appearing in live television leaders debate.
3) May making policy U-turns on social care and tax.
4) Corbyn unable to put a figure on live radio broadcast on how much a new free childcare policy will cost.
5) Labour leader Diane Abbott’s ‘car crash’ interviews on live television.
11.55am: Voting ends at 2100 GMT. There will be an exit poll as soon as voting finishes. The first handful of seat results are expected to be announced by 2300 GMT, with the vast majority of the 650 constituencies due to announce results between 0200 GMT and 0500 GMT on Friday morning.
11.42am: As polls open in UK general election, here are five talking points that have dominated the headlines in the run-up:
1) May was called ‘Maybot’ for her robot-like answers to questions from the media and voters.
2) May’s repeated use of the phrase ‘strong and stable’ came in for ridicule.
3) People none the wiser about the way forward on Brexit despite her answers.
4) Two terror attacks happened in Manchester and London during the campaign.
5) Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron took down May on live television.
11.34am: Voting begins in UK general election.
11.33am: The final pre-poll survey done by Comres for the Independent newspaper gives the Tories a 10-point lead over the Labour party. May’s ruling Conservatives are on 44%, Labour at 34%, the Liberal Democrats at 9%, with far-right UKIP at 5%, the Scottish National Party (SNP) at 4% and the Green Party at 2%.
11.29am: As polling stations across Britain prepare to open, opinion polls show the outcome of the general election could be a lot tighter than had been predicted when Prime Minister Theresa May announced the vote six weeks ago.