Theresa May held off Lord Buckethead, Howling 'Laud' Hope and Elmo to retain her seat

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This is the most enduring image from today’s extraordinary UK election count:

It’s incumbent British PM Theresa May, second from left, waiting for the results to be declared at the count centre in her constituency in Maidenhead.

The candidate who looks like Ned Kelly in the middle is independent candidate “Lord Buckethead”. Lord Buckethead turned out to be not the worst candidate, pulling 249 votes against May’s 37,718.

Buckethead has form too. Last month, he told BuzzFeed he was the only candidate who had stood against Margaret Thatcher and John Major as well. That is certainly true of the name – “Lord Buckethead” lost to both Thatcher in 1987 and Major in 1992. But whether it is the same person is unclear, and besides, it’s better that way.

Howling “Laud” Hope, in the white top hat, received 119. Elmo got 3.

In the end, it was a decisive victory for May, with Labour’s Pat McDonald a distant second on 11,261 votes.

Over at Westmorland and Lonsdale, Mr Fish Finger was delighted with his 309 votes:

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