General election 2019 results: when Edinburgh constituencies start declaring, and what time we'll find out who won

Find out when your constituency declares.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 1:51 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th December 2019, 2:23 pm

When the polls for the 2019 General Election close at 10pm today (December 12) counting of votes will get underway immediately at count venues in all 59 of Scotland’s constituencies – including Edinburgh’s five constituencies.

While some UK constituencies could declare as early as 11pm – Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central declared at 10.53pm in 2017 – some Scottish constituents could be waiting until 6am for results to filter through.

Here’s a rough timetable of when your constituency should declare in the early hours of December 13.

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All 59 of Scotland's result declarations will likely take place between midnight and 6am (Getty Images)
All 59 of Scotland's result declarations will likely take place between midnight and 6am (Getty Images)

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Exit polls

At 10pm news organisations will announce the result of exit polls, which are based on asking people how they voted as the leave the polling station throughout the day.

The polls will estimate the total number of seats expected to be won by the SNP, Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party, the Brexit Party, Plaid Cymru and other parties.

This year, BBC News, ITV News and Sky News have announced they will again join together to publish an exit poll at 10pm. The same practice was in place at the 2010, 2015 and 2017 elections.

In the past exit polls have correctly predicted the outcome of the election and even the number of seats the parties have won. In 2017, the poll said there would be a hung parliament and the results bore out with the Conservatives winning just 317 seats.

When can I expect my result?

There is no official timetable for result reveals, but Press Association (PA) have provided the following rough timetable based on previous election declarations.

According to PA all five of the city’s constituencies are expected to begin revealing results from 5am.

Edinburgh residents could expect results earlier than this if 2017 declaration times are anything to go by, however.

Here’s when all five Edinburgh constituencies declared in 2017:

Edinburgh East: 03:15 am

Edinburgh North & Leith: 04:03 am

Edinburgh South: 04:10 am

Edinburgh South West: 04:18 am

Edinburgh West: 03:49 am