Election exit polls highlight channel fears of hung parliament

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Election exit polls highlight channel fears of hung parliament

Simon Quicke
Exit polls revealed as the polls closed have revealed a hung parliament looks possible producing the situation that the channel has been hoping could be avoided.

Uncertainly over the election has been used by customers as an excuse to delay spending and further confusion over who is running the country will be unwelcome by those looking to get the last four weeks behind them.

Exit polls showed the Conservatives 19 seats short of a majority with 307, Labour with 255 seats, the Liberals with 59 and others on 29. There has not been a hung parliament since 1974 and the threat of that being the election result has loomed large in the last few weeks.

The polls closed 15 minutes ago and the results will start to come trickling through over the next few hours.

Surveys of the channel opinions on the election in MicroScope have highlighted the fears that channel players right across the board from vendor to resellers have had over the prospect of a hung parliament.

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