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  1. The general election story in London

    BBC London

    We are closing our special election coverage for London.

    The election in the capital continued to buck the national trend with little change in the political landscape.

    What has the election taught us in London?

    • Labour comfortably won in London. But compared to 2017, Labour’s vote-share is down in the capital about 6.5%, and the Lib Dems’ is up about 6%.
    • ·London is an island of red surrounded by a sea of blue. A quarter of all UK Labour MPs are now in London.
    • Labour’s only gain in the whole country was in Putney (spare a thought for the Conservative candidate, Will Sweet..)
    • ·In some seats (Kensington, Cities of London & Westminster, Finchley & Golders Green), it appears the ‘Remain’ vote split between the Lib Dems and Labour, allowing the Conservatives to win.

    For more election coverage, visit the BBC's election pages.

  2. Let the healing begin, urges victorious PM


    Boris Johnson has said he hopes his party's "extraordinary" election win will bring "closure" to the Brexit debate and "let the healing begin".

    Speaking in Downing Street, he said he would seek to repay the trust placed in him by Labour supporters who had voted Conservative for the first time.

    He said he would not ignore those who opposed Brexit as he builds with Europe a partnership "of sovereign equals".

    He urged the country to unite and end years of wrangling.

    Mr Johnson has been returned to power with a Commons majority of 80, the party's largest since 1987.

    He said he would use his new authority to bring the country together and he recognised that the NHS was the "overwhelming priority" of the British people.

  3. What's behind the Conservative victory?

    Ballot box

    Boris Johnson has won a decisive majority, on the back of a big swing from Labour to the Conservatives in Leave-voting Britain.

    Yet north of the border the SNP dramatically almost swept the board.

    With almost all results now declared, the prime minister is set to win a majority of 78 seats - the biggest Tory majority since 1987.

    Meanwhile, at 44%, the party's share of the vote is set to be at its highest since 1979, when Margaret Thatcher became prime minister.

    Labour, in contrast, finds itself with little more than 200 seats, even fewer than the party won in its previous worst post-war result in 1983.

    Full analysis from Sir John Curtice, Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University

  4. A few things you may have missed from London's election night

    Cherry Wilson

    BBC News

    Elmo and Count Binface

    Forget the rivalry between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn - there was a more feisty political fight on the night in west London.

    Lord Buckethead and Count Binface went up against each other in the prime minister's constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

    While they waited for the results to be announced, the "count" drew the battle lines by mocking his political rival. He made a thumbs down behind his back, shouted "fake news" and was heard singing the US national anthem.

    When asked to stand together for a photo, Lord Buckethead said: "We are going to violate some serious intergalactic treaties."

    Stella Creasy

    Over in east London while many of us were sleeping, the results for Walthamstow were declared which saw Labour's Stella Creasy re-elected.

    There was one other person who slept through all the drama on the night - her two-week-old daughter Hettie. She was snoozing peacefully in a sling on her mum's chest as the results were revealed.

    Ms Creasy is the UK's first MP to have a "locum MP" to provide maternity cover.

    You can read some more things you might have missed from the UK's election night here.

  5. General election 2019: What questions do you have?


    The election results are in but what else do you want to know?

    Do you still have questions about the general election?

    It could be a query over what happens next or an issue close to your heart.

    You can find out the results for your area by using our constituency pages and catch up on the night's key points here.

    Ask your question here

  6. Westminster Council leader to quit after election win

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    City of Westminster Council leader has announced she will leave her role after she was elected as an MP last night.

    Nickie Aiken said she felt "dazed" after a long campaign which saw her win the Cities of London and Westminster constituency.

    Straight away, the new MP pledged to help the capital's rough sleepers.

    She said: “My main priorities for the constituency will be to try and work with ministers to really tackle the on-going issues of rough sleeping we have in London and to change their lives around.

    “And short term lettings have got to be addressed. It’s caused a massive issue and that’s really got to be addressed. It’s caused major problems many many for people in central London.”

    She will be tendering her resignation next week as Leader of the Conservative controlled Westminster City Council as she said you can’t do both jobs.

  7. London defectors all lose seats

    The Independent Group
    Image caption: Chukka Umunna and Mike Gapes (top right) both defected from Labour in March

    London politicians who changed parties in the middle of the last Parliament all lost their seats.

    Chukka Umunna and Mike Gapes both defected from the Labour Party to join The Independent Group in March.

    Mr Umunna, who had been the MP for Streatham for nine years, stood as a Liberal Democrat candidate in the Cities of London and Westminster constituency.

    He took 13,096 votes and lost out to the leader of Westminster City Council Nickie Aiken.

    Mr Gapes, who was the Labour MP for Ilford South for 27 years - only managed 3,891 votes as he stood in the same seat as a candidate for The Independent Group.

    A further 16 MPs who also defected earlier this year - including former government ministers Anna Soubry, Sam Gyimah and David Gauke - all lost their seats at the election.

  8. Watch: Babies, scuffles and premature celebrations

    BBC London

    Video content

    Video caption: Babies, scuffles and premature celebrations. Election night in London.

    All 73 seats in London have now declared their results in the general election and it was an eventful night across the capital with shock victories, fluctuating majorities and bitter rivalries.

  9. What have we learned?

    Raphael Sheridan

    BBC London News

    What has the election taught us in London?

    • Labour comfortably won in London. But compared to 2017, Labour’s vote-share is down in the capital about 6.5%, and the Lib Dems’ is up about 6%.
    • ·London is an island of red surrounded by a sea of blue. A quarter of all UK Labour MPs are now in London.
    • Labour’s only gain in the whole country was in Putney (spare a thought for the Conservative candidate, Will Sweet..)
    • ·In some seats (Kensington, Cities of London & Westminster, Finchley & Golders Green), it appears the ‘Remain’ vote split between the Lib Dems and Labour, allowing the Conservatives to win.
  10. 'First Father' wants environment to be government's first issue

    BBC London

    Stanley Johnson

    Boris Johnson's father, Stanley, has said he hopes his son and the Conservatives will make the environment a priority policy.

    Mr Johnson senior, who described himself as a "bystander" supported the XR rebellion protesters at a demonstration in Trafalgar square in October.

    Speaking to Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio London he said it was "totally vital" that climate change and the environment was a first issue for government to deal with.

    He added the reason why the Conservatives had won with such a landslide was because Labour had failed to grasp the Brexit issue, unlike his son, who had totally "hammered, hammered, hammered the Get Brexit Done message".

  11. General election 2019: Has anything changed in London?

    Raphael Sheridan

    BBC London News

    So, all 73 London seats have now declared.

    In short, there's not been much change - the three main parties have all cancelled each other out and have the same number of seats as in 2017.

    Across, the capital, the individual seat changes are:

    • Putney - LAB GAIN from Con
    • Kensington - CON GAIN from Lab
    • Carshalton & Wallington - CON GAIN from Lib Dems
    • Richmond - LIB DEM GAIN from Con

    Total seats in London:

    • Labour 49
    • Conservatives 21
    • Liberal Democrats 3
  12. Analysis: A Labour capital versus a Conservative government

    Karl Mercer

    Political reporter, BBC London

    So Labour is still the dominant party in London with 49 of its 73 MPs but its newly elected members haven’t been smiling much overnight.

    They’ve seen their party roundly rejected in large parts of the UK, once again setting the capital against the rest of the country. Indeed, the only Labour gain on the night was in Putney.

    In light of what happened elsewhere, holding on to what they have in the capital will be seen as something of a triumph but they will face difficult questions, not only about their party’s future, but about how a Labour city will work with a heavily Conservative government.

    How will a Labour mayor persuade the man who used to do his job, that it’s worth spending money in the capital, when he will want to reward voters in the Midlands and the North who delivered him such a big majority?

    London is not just a Labour city but also a Remain one.

    It was the only region of England to vote to Remain and the new government will now drive forward with a mandate to “Get Brexit done”.

    There may be interesting battles ahead.

  13. Holborn & St Pancras: Keir Starmer wins large majority for Labour

    Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer has won re-election with a large - albeit decreased - majority in his Holborn & St Pancras seat.

    The Labour MP beat Conservative Alexandra Hayward by 27,763 votes, 2,746 votes less than the majority at the 2017 election.

    Despite his victory, Mr Starmer said there was "no hiding from the overall result".

    In a tweet the Labour MP thanked "the thousands of activists in Camden and across the country who worked tirelessly during this election campaign".

    Matthew Kirk of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Kirsten De Keyser came fourth.

    Voter turnout was down by 1.9 percentage points since the last general election.

    Nearly 57,000 people, roughly two-thirds of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.

    Four of the seven candidates, Ms De Keyser, Hector Birchwood (The Brexit Party), Mohammad Bhatti (UKIP) and Thomas Scripps (Socialist Equality) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

    This story was created using some automation.

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  14. London Election Map: 2017 and 2019

    London election map 2017
    London election 2019
  15. Sir Ed Davey made interim Lib Dem leader

    Sal Brinton and Ed Davey

    The Liberal Democrats have announced the party's deputy leader, Sir Ed Davey, and its president, Baroness Sal Brinton, will become joint acting leaders after Jo Swinson lost her seat overnight.

    Ms Swinson became her party's first female leader in a landslide victory over Sir Ed earlier this year, succeeding Sir Vince Cable.

    Sir Ed, the Kingston and Surbiton MP, said a leadership election will take place in the new year.

    Baroness Brinton thanked Ms Swinson "for her honest and fearless leadership".

  16. Final London results declared

    Sam Francis

    BBC News, London

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    All of the London constituencies have now declared, and the numbers are identical to 2017.

    Labour has won 49 of the 73 London seats, three more than the party had before the General Election, but back up to the levels achieved at the 2017 election. Between 2017 and 2019 they lost three seats through defections.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson and current Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn both won their local constituencies.

    The Conservatives have won 21 seats, gaining the ultra-marginal seat of Kensington to cancel out the loss of Putney.

    Despite the dramatic win in Richmond the Liberal Democrats now have three MPs in London, one less than they had before the general election.

    Mr Umunna, who joined the Liberal Democrats, lost his bid to become MP for the Cities of London and Westminster, while Tom Brake lost in Carshalton and Wallington.