In pictures: Election night drama unfolds across the UK

An exit poll conducted by the BBC is projected on to Big Ben at the moment voting finishes on May 6, 2010 in London, England

An exit poll for the BBC, Sky and ITV Newsis projected onto Big Ben in London.Polls suggest Britain is heading for a hung Parliament with the Conservatives 21 short of a majority.

The first ballot box being emptied for the officials to count at Kirkcaldy, Scotland, Thursday, May 6, 2010

The counting process begins amidst reports of angry scenes at some polling stations where people were still queuing to vote past the 10pm deadline.

A queue of people wait to vote in Sheffield.

There were reports of queues in Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle and other parts of the country.

Ballot boxes are ran in during Sunderland election count at Sunderland tennis centre, Sunderland for the 2010 General Election

Houghton and Sunderland South has won the race to become the first constituency to declare a result.

Labour's Bridget Phillipson is announced as Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South

The constituency declared at 2252 BST. Labour’s Bridget Phillipson won the seat with 19,137 votes.

Ian Paisley Jnr (left) with his father the Revd Dr Ian Paisley at The Seven Towers Leisure Centre in Ballymena for the North Antrim seat count.

The first Northern Ireland results have been declared.In north Antrim, the DUP’s Ian Paisley Jnr polled 19,672 votes, winning the seat comfortably despite the contest from TUV leader Jim Allister.

British Prime Minister and Leader of the ruling Labour Party, Gordon Brown, and his wife Sarah, arrive at the count centre in Kirkcaldy, Scotland

Gordon and Sarah Brown arrived in a flurry of flashbulbs at the count in Kirkcaldy.His spokesman said Brown is "very concerned" about the reports of people being turned away from polling stations.

Conservative Party leader David Cameron enjoys a drink in the New Inn pub with his wife Samantha and supporters

Conservative Party leader David Cameron enjoyed a drink in a pub on the way to the count in his Witney constituency,

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