Jeremy Corbyn could be on course to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, according to the general election exit poll.
The shock poll predicts the Conservatives will fall short of an overall majority – despite beginning the campaign with a huge lead.
As leader of the party that seems certain to win the most seats Theresa May will have the first opportunity to form a government.
However should she prove unable to pass key legislation such as a budget or Queen’s Speech – Mr Corbyn could be asked by the Queen to attempt to form a government in coalition with the Liberal Democrats – SNP and Greens.
The exit poll suggests such a coalition would have 323 seats – which if Sinn Fein follows its tradition of not taking its seats in Parliament would be enough for a tiny majority.
In contrast the Conservatives are predicted to have won 314 seats.