Sky News

Counting has started in the national referendum on whether to change the electoral system to the Alternative Vote process. As the count began, initial figures showed turnout across the UK ranged from 35.4% to 50.7%. Senior Lib Dems have already conceded they are unlikely to win the vote, which was a key plank of their coalition demands. A defeat will be another blow after a devastating round of local election results which were the party’s worst since the 80s.