LIVE: Who will win #RichmondPark?

Welcome to the live Richmond Park byelection count. Tonight we will be bringing you news, gossip and results from your votes.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the night.

Send us your thoughts by tweeting #richmondpark or email j.giles@coombemonthly.co.uk

14.20

Sarah Olney won Richmond Park by c.1900 votes.

Here’s our writeup:   Christian Lib Dems pull off shock victory in Richmond Park by-election as Zac is thrown out   

01.38

We’re handing over to our live stream now, as we’re expecting a result very shortly… Follow it here:

https://livestream.com/accounts/12898419/events/6710063

01.35

More and more Liberal Democrats saying Zac has lost. Christian Wolmar is expected to arrive shortly.

01.34

Here’s the latest…
– Zac and Sarah are on their way to the count
– A result is due within 20 minutes
– Lib Dems look likely to pull off a surprise victory
– Some boxes are being recounted as the tallies don’t match.

01.17

Result is due pretty soon – Mayor of Richmond has just arrived in the building. #RichmondPark

01.13

From the Twittersphere…

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From the Twittersphere…

01.10

Zac’s team aren’t looking too happy right now in the hall. #RichmondPark

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01.08

We’re due a result within an hour or so. #RichmondPark

01.08

From the Twittersphere…

01.07

The BBC have just predicted a >2000 win for the Liberal Democrats here tonight. #RichmondPark.

01.06

A number of Liberal Democrats at the count seem to think that the Monster Raving Loony Party will end up 4th tonight!? #RichmondPark

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00.55

Loonies in the house…

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00.51

Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council, accidentally almost wandered into one of the Loony photographs… I asked him if he was defecting – ‘certainly not!’ was the response!

00.49

Howling Laud Hope is in the building!

00.44

Some criticism of Zac’s campaign here…

Send in your thoughts using #RichmondPark!

00.42

00.42

From the Twittersphere….

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From the Twittersphere….

00.40

We’ve had a really varied response to the candidates depending on what part of the constituency you’re in.

Here’s a selection of the latest from the count…

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00.36

We’ve been speaking to Alastair Carmichael, Lib Dem MP for Orkney and Shetland: “This is an extremely strong message coming from Richmond Park tonight straight to 10 Downing Street.”

00.30

Shockingly low turnout this evening…

53.7% turnout – that’s 41,367 votes.

00.21

Lib Dem source: “I think we’ve won.” #RichmondPark.

00.18

It’s looking like we could be on track to a Liberal Democrat victory here in #RichmondPark.

00.17

The sorting is just beginning over this end of the hall…

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00.16

Here’s Gareth Roberts, Sarah Olney’s election agent, with a Labour sampler…

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00.15

Here’s some of Zac’s team eagerly watching the sorting of votes…

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00.13

Andy Slaughter (right) is here tonight for Christian Wolmar’s team.

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00.12

Here’s Ben Mallet and Lord True from Zac’s team, sampling alongside a member of the Labour Party and Councillor Liz Green (LD).

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00.10

Plenty of sorting boxes around the hall as sorting officially begins…

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00.04

Verification now appears to be complete – now votes are being sorted into their respective piles. Turnout figure expected soon.

00.03

00.02

It’s midnight – verification is still well underway! #RichmondPark.

00.01

More predictions from the Twittersphere…

00.00

Labour source: “Zac’s f***ed up big time.”

23.58

and more from the Twittersphere…

23.58

Apologies for the intermittent service over the last 20 mins or so – we’ve had website issues… All now resolved!

23.35

Other voters complain about the sheer volume of Lib Dem literature through the doors…

23.34

Will this ‘support’ for Zac’s campaign work against his ‘independent’ status?

23.33

Lord True, leader of Richmond Council, has arrived to help sample for Zac Goldsmith’s campaign.

23.23

23.22

More from the Twittersphere…

23.20

Yet more boxes now emerging to be verified at the Richmond Park count.

23.20

Some unhappy with Labour’s presence at this by-election:

Others see it as offering alternative to austerity… Here’s Christian Wolmar’s view on the Lib Dems and a ‘progressive alliance’…

http://www.coombemonthly.co.uk/wolmarforrichmond-liberal-democrats-are-no-champions-of-the-anti-tory-vote/

23.17

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We’ve just spoken with Andy Slaughter MP who has told us that ‘up until this weekend, non-Tory voters were undecided, but today a number have said ‘we’re not going to vote Lib Dem’ which is testament to what a great candidate Christian is.’

23.09

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23.08

Samplers for various candidates are busy sampling the votes and gathering data to provide predictions and models…

We’ve got samplers from the Lib Dems, Zac Goldsmith, Labour and, rather surprisingly, the Christian People’s Alliance.

23.06

Zac’s agent has just arrived – Sarah Olney’s agent has been busy sampling!

23.02

Verification is well and truly underway – with some teams now awaiting more boxes!

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22.59

The Twittersphere is alive with rumour that Labour has lost its deposit…

22.57

The Lib Dems today had activists flocking into Richmond Park from as far away as Budapest! That’s dedication!

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22.53

Here’s a few more thoughts from the Twittersphere…

22.52

Lib Dem source tells us they think it’ll be close but they are within grasp of victory.

22.51

Samplers for @ZacGoldsmith have just arrived at the count.

22.50

22.48

A Lib Dem source has just told us that they think the rumour that Labour have lost their deposit is ‘probably true’. Labour activists don’t seem to be too happy in the room.

22.40

Keep sending in your tweets with #Richmond Park:

22.38

Rumours circulating that @richmondclp have lost their deposit… One Labour activist tells me that they feel they’ve had a ‘good response’

22.37

A Lib Dem councillor has told us that they couldn’t call it either way and they predict ‘no more than a few thousand’ votes in it.

22.36

Thimbles are in high demand tonight…

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22.30

Lots of busy counting staff now verifying votes as ballot boxes arrive thick and fast.

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22.30

More reports coming in from Lib Dem sources, some of whom are getting ever more confident of a victory tonight.

22.26

Keith Taylor MEP has spoken this evening about the Green’s role in the by-election…

22.25

The first ballot box has arrived in #RichmondPark for the count.

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22.24

We’re hearing rumours from Liberal Democrat sources who have told us they would be ‘amazed’ if turnout exceeded 50%.

22.14

We’re having reports in that turnout is less than 50% – far lower than previous elections in #RichmondPark…

22.13

One thing’s for sure, this race will be close.

22.13

Many tweeting away using #RichmondPark – do send in your views!

Kevin hopes that a third party may scrape through amidst infighting with Zac and Sarah:

Other voters are concerned about Brexit:

Others expecting a Zac victory and low turnout:

22.09

Who will it be tonight? Here are some election stats from 2015:
In 2015 Zac held on to his seat and became the MP with the biggest increased majority on 2010.

Zac had a 38.9% majority and in total there was a 76.5% turnout.

Liberal Democrats secured: 11,389 votes (19.3 per cent of the vote)
Conservatives (Zac) secured: 34,404 votes (58.2 per cent of the vote)
Labour secured: 7,296 votes (12.3 per cent of the vote)
Others secured: c.6,000 votes (10.2 per cent of the vote)

22.03

Can’t see any candidates at the count yet but lots of eager samplers and counting staff…

22.01

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