St Austell & Newquay

Parliamentary constituency


, with candidate Steve Double
, have the following results:
  • 20,250 total votes taken.
  • 40.2% share of the total vote
  • +0.2% change in share of the votes
Liberal Democrat
, with candidate Stephen Gilbert
, have the following results:
  • 12,077 total votes taken.
  • 24.0% share of the total vote
  • -18.8% change in share of the votes
, with candidate David Mathews
, have the following results:
  • 8,503 total votes taken.
  • 16.9% share of the total vote
  • +13.2% change in share of the votes
, with candidate Deborah Hopkins
, have the following results:
  • 5,150 total votes taken.
  • 10.2% share of the total vote
  • +3.1% change in share of the votes
Green Party
, with candidate Steve Slade
, have the following results:
  • 2,318 total votes taken.
  • 4.6% share of the total vote
  • +4.6% change in share of the votes
Mebyon Kernow
, with candidate Dick Cole
, have the following results:
  • 2,063 total votes taken.
  • 4.1% share of the total vote
  • -0.2% change in share of the votes

Change compared with 2010

CON majority: 8,173 16.2%

Vote share

Party %
CON 40.2
LD 24.0
UKIP 16.9
LAB 10.2
GRN 4.6
MK 4.1

Vote share change since 2010


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Matt Pengelly
Local Live

The leader of Mebyon Kernow Dick Cole has been reflecting on a disappointing general election performance by the Party for Cornwall.

He wrote in his blog: "I believe that, together, we ran a good campaign. Our literature was good, the hustings went well, we worked hard and the feedback was extremely positive and yet, as in the 2010 General Election, this did not translate into a significant vote."

Of his failure in the St Austell & Newquay contest, he wrote: "I came sixth and I am disappointed that I only polled a total of 2,063 votes, up slightly on the 2,007 votes I achieved in 2010, but down 0.2% in terms of the share of the overall vote at 4.1%."


The newly-elected MP for St Austell & Newquay Steve Double tweets: So humbled and grateful. Could never of dreamt of 20250 votes and 8000 majority. Thank you! Now the real work begins. #staustellnewquay

Andrew Segal
Local Live

Supporters of former St Austell & Newquay Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert had been dressed for the occasion when counting was under way.

What will they be doing with their shirts now?

No matter what, Mr Gilbert said he was "immensely pleased and honoured to have had such a young and dynamic team working with me over the last few months as we sought to defend the constituency".


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Matt Pengelly
Local Live

New Conservative MP Steve Double spoke moments after taking St Austell & Newquay from the Liberal Democrat Steven Gilbert.

Image copyright Cornwall Council

Steve Double polled 20,250 votes for a majority of 8,173 - he said: "Twenty thousand people have put their trust in me to serve them and represent them as their MP, it is an incredible honour, privilege and I'm deeply humbled that you have decided to vote for me."

David George
BBC Spotlight

St Austell & Newquay turnout 65.9%

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Constituency profile

Covering a large rural area which links the south coast of Cornwall to the north at Newquay, the constituency of St Austell & Newquay is a magnet for tourists and includes the Eden Project conservation centre and some popular surfing beaches.

Cornwall's largest town, St Austell, employs hundreds of people in the china clay industry and about 900 people were working in mining and quarrying at the time of the last census in 2011. However, tourism and the service industry dominate.

Before 2010, the constituency was called Truro and St Austell. It was a Tory seat until 1974, when it fell to the Liberals, who have held onto it as Liberals or Lib Dems ever since. In 2010, Stephen Gilbert narrowly won it for the Liberal Democrats with a majority of 1,300 and a 43% share of the vote. The Conservatives took 40% of the vote and Labour 7%.