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May’s failed gamble dominates front pages as nation wakes up to election shock

Theresa May’s failed election “gamble” dominated regional press front pages following the shock result of the General Election.

Britain woke up to a hung parliament after the Prime Minister tossed away the Tories’ parliamentary majority in search of her own personal mandate.

The first clue that Mrs May’s gamble had gone spectacularly awry came with the publication of the BBC/ITV exit poll at 10pm, showing the Tories would fall short of the 326 seats needed for a majority.

As usual regional journalists worked through election night providing up-to-the-minute online coverage of the results announcements as well as putting together this morning’s print editions.

The Yorkshire Post were first out of the blocks in the early hours of this morning, with its front page confidently predicting a hung Parliament.

Minutes later sister title The Scotsman openly questioned the Prime Minister’s survival prospects in its front page headline “May’s future on line as election gamble backfires.”

Newcastle daily The Journal hedged its bets slightly with ‘Has May lost her gamble?’ although editor Darren Thwaites tweeted “I think you know the answer already.”

And both the Hartlepool Mail and the Sunderland Echo went with a red theme on their fronts after Labour’s vote share went up in their areas.

Here is a selection of today’s front pages from across the regional press:





Jun 9 EEN






Jun 9 Hartlepool




Jun 9 DE


Jun 9 Chronicle


Jun 9 Tees


Jun 9 Ipswich


Jun 9 NEws Letter


Jun 9 Bournemouth


Jun 9 Shropshire


Jun 9 Bel Tel


Jun 9 Shields



Jun 9 Blackpool


Jun 9 LEP


Jun 9 Guernsey


June 9 Glasgow





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  • June 9, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Look on the bright side. There’ll be more of those income-generating political wraparounds sooner than we thought.

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  • June 9, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Only a couple of elections ago all the regional dailies would have published the real results, rather than the exit poll. Well done to the papers who managed it.

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