UK results: Conservatives win majority

After 650 of 650 seats declared
UK results
Party Conservative Labour Scottish National Party Liberal Democrat Democratic Unionist Party Others
Seats 365 203 48 11 8 15
Change +47 -59 +13 -1 -2 +2

Basildon & Billericay

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    John Baron
    • Votes: 29,590
    • Vote share %: 67.1
    • Vote share change: +6.1
  2. Labour
    Andrew Gordon
    • Votes: 9,178
    • Vote share %: 20.8
    • Vote share change: -10.3
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Edward Sainsbury
    • Votes: 3,741
    • Vote share %: 8.5
    • Vote share change: +5.0
  4. Green
    Stewart Goshawk
    • Votes: 1,395
    • Vote share %: 3.2
    • Vote share change: +3.2
  5. Social Democratic Party
    Simon Breedon
    • Votes: 224
    • Vote share %: 0.5
    • Vote share change: +0.5

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 20,412
  • Registered voters: 69,906
  • % share:
    63.1%
  • Change since 2017: -1.8

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 67.1%
Labour 20.8%
Liberal Democrat 8.5%
Green 3.2%
Social Democratic Party 0.5%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Conservative +6.1 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat +5.0 Gained
  • Green +3.2 Gained
  • Social Democratic Party +0.5 Gained
  • Labour -10.3 Lost

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Turnouts in Essex

Here are the final turnout figures for the Essex constituencies:

Basildon and Billericay 63.1% (65% in 2017)

Braintree 67.1% (69.5% in 2017)

Brentwood and Ongar 70.4% (70.5% in 2017)

Castle Point 63.6% (64.4% in 2017)

Chelmsford 71% (70.2% in 2017)

Clacton 61.3% (64.4% in 2017)

Colchester 64.4% (66.9% in 2017)

Epping Forest 68% (68% in 2017)

Harlow 63.7% (66.2% in 2017)

Harwich and North Essex 70.5% (71.1% in 2017)

Maldon 69.4% (70.2% in 2017)

Rayleigh and Wickford 69.5% (70.4% in 2017)

Rochford and Southend East 61.25% (64.3% in 2017)

Saffron Walden 72.5% (73.3% in 2017)

South Basildon and Thurrock East 60.8% (64.1% in 2017)

Southend West 67.8% (64.4% in 2017)

Thurrock 59.6% (64.4% in 2017)

Witham 70.1% (71.2% in 2017)

Basildon & Billericay: Conservative hold

John Baron has been re-elected as the MP for Basildon & Billericay, with an increased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Labour's Andrew Gordon by 20,412 votes, 7,012 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election.

Edward Sainsbury of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Stewart Goshawk came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 1.8 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 44,000 people, 63.1% of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.

Two of the five candidates, Stewart Goshawk (Green) and Simon Breedon (Social Democratic Party) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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BreakingBasildon and Billericay: Conservative hold

John Baron retains the seat which he has held since 2010 with 29,590 votes.

John Baron
BBC

Trolley dash: Ballot boxes arrive in Basildon

The first ballot boxes have arrived at the count venues including at Basildon where they were carried by supermarket trolley.

Trolleys bring ballot boxes to count
BBC

John Baron (Con), who has been the incumbent MP in Basildon and Billericay since its creation in 2010, will be hoping to sweep up the vote once more.

Long-serving Parliamentarian standing again for Essex seat

Nic Rigby

BBC News

One of the longest-serving parliamentarians in Essex who is standing as a candidate in this election is Sir David Amess (pictured).

The 67-year-old, knighted in 2014 for his political and public service, was first elected Conservative MP for Southend West seat in 1997 and has stood again at this election, and before that was MP for Basildon from 1983.

David Amess
BBC

When he was knighted, Mr Amess said among his legislative successes in parliament was the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000, which he introduced as a private members bill and which places a duty on government to develop a long-term strategy to reduce "fuel poverty".

Peace in Northern Ireland 'compromised' by DUP deal

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

The former Labour MP for Basildon and the party's leader in the House of Lords, Baroness Angela Smith, has said she's concerned for the future of the Good Friday Agreement.

It's after the Conservatives failed to win a majority in last week's general election and Theresa May said she would form a government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Baroness Smith worked in the Northern Ireland Office for several years and said: "My great worry is that the Good Friday Agreement, which underpins all the changes and peace in Northern Ireland, is going to be very difficult.

"It is compromised by the government doing a deal with the DUP."

Baroness Angela Smith
BBC

However she said there seemed to be very little appetite from Tory MPs to go to the polls again:

"Looking at the Conservative MPs and hearing what they've had to say over the weekend, a lot of them aren't very keen on having another general election.

"Some of them in Essex who went into this election with big majorities, came out with very small ones."

Basildon & Billericay MP spoke of overall majority confidence

Conservative MP John Baron was the first candidate across Essex to win a seat.

At that point, he said he was optimistic about an overall majority.

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