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

Broadland

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Jerome Mayhew
    • Votes: 33,934
    • Vote share %: 59.6
    • Vote share change: +1.7
  2. Labour
    Jess Barnard
    • Votes: 12,073
    • Vote share %: 21.2
    • Vote share change: -8.5
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Ben Goodwin
    • Votes: 9,195
    • Vote share %: 16.1
    • Vote share change: +8.2
  4. Green
    Andrew Boswell
    • Votes: 1,412
    • Vote share %: 2.5
    • Vote share change: +0.8
  5. The Universal Good Party
    Simon Rous
    • Votes: 363
    • Vote share %: 0.6
    • Vote share change: +0.6

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 21,861
  • Registered voters: 78,151
  • % share:
    72.9%
  • Change since 2017: +0.5

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 59.6%
Labour 21.2%
Liberal Democrat 16.1%
Green 2.5%
The Universal Good Party 0.6%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Liberal Democrat +8.2 Gained
  • Conservative +1.7 Gained
  • Green +0.8 Gained
  • The Universal Good Party +0.6 Gained
  • Labour -8.5 Lost

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Asylum seekers housed at former RAF airbase

Jessica Frank-Keyes

Local Democracy reporter

A Norfolk MP has praised Britain for its “long-held belief that we should look after people in need” as he spoke out to quell concerns over asylum seekers temporarily housed at a former RAF base.

Jerome Mayhew
Jerome Mayhew

The old officers’ mess at RAF Coltishall, used by fighter pilots during World War Two, is being used to offer temporary housing to asylum seekers who have fled from war-torn countries, says the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Some 77 rooms were used by asylum seekers, while 20 were available for councils to house homeless people.

The Home Office said the move to house asylum seekers while their status was being considered was not permanent and was "to help in the fight against coronavirus".

Broadland Conservative MP Jerome Mayhew (pictured) said 24-hour security at the site was in place "not because there’s any increased risk, but to provide reassurance".

"I’m in discussions with the council to help in that process, which is to answer questions, provide reassurance and make sure we have the right level of scrutiny and oversight, whilst living up to our country's long-held belief that we should look after people in need," he added.

The Home Office said it would review the measure before the end of June.

How the Norfolk media is reporting the election

The Eastern Daily Press is reporting that Norwich South MP Clive Lewis, who retained his seat for Labour, hinted that a leadership challenge of his own could be on the horizon after his party lost more than 50 of its seats.

When asked if he would consider a leadership bid, Mr Lewis told the paper, "I wouldn't rule it out".

"I want to play a key role in helping rebuilding our party," he said.

It has also spoken to Jerome Mayhew, who founded the adventure company Go Ape, and is the new Conservative MP for Broadland.

"It's a huge change to my life which I'm thoroughly looking forward to," he said.

Broadland: Conservative hold

Jerome Mayhew has been elected MP for Broadland, meaning that the Conservative Party holds the seat with an increased majority.

The new MP beat Labour's Jess Barnard by 21,861 votes. This was more than Keith Simpson’s 15,816 vote majority in the 2017 general election.

Ben Goodwin of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Andrew Boswell came fourth.

Voter turnout was up by 0.5 percentage points since the last general election.

Nearly 57,000 people, roughly three-quarters 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, Andrew Boswell (Green) and Simon Rous (The Universal Good Party) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

This story was created using some automation.

Broadland: Conservative hold

Businessman Jerome Mayhew is a new MP after holding the safe Tory seat of Broadland with a slightly increased majority.

He polled 59.6% of the vote, with Labour in second place on 21.2%, a significant decrease from 29.6% in 2017.

Mr Mayhew replaced parliamentary candidate Nick Conrad, who stood down after 24 hours over comments he made on his BBC Radio Norfolk show in 2014 about rape.

Broadland voters buck the turnout trend

More voters turned out in Broadland on a rainy December day than in summer 2017, with 57,186 heading to the polls (73.17%), up from 72%.

Of those that have verified so far, this is the only constituency in Norfolk which has seen a slight uptake.

How the media spotlight turned on the Broadland seat

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The Broadland seat in Norfolk is usually quite a sedate constituency, hardly ever troubling the news agenda.

Since its creation in 2010, it has been represented by Conservative Keith Simpson, who had a safe majority of 15,816 in 2017.

Nick Conrad
BBC

But it found itself thrust in to the limelight when it chose its replacement to Mr Simpson in November.

The local Conservative Party chose BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Mr Conrad (pictured above), 34.

It faced immediate criticism over Mr Conrad's comments from 2014, when he said women should "keep their knickers on" in an on-air discussion on rape.

Labour said the comments showed he was not fit to be an MP, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the remarks were "completely unacceptable".

Mr Conrad then stood down and was replaced by Jerome Mayhew (pictured below), who runs an adventure company and is the son of former Northern Ireland secretary Lord Mayhew.

Jerome Mayhew
Jerome Mayhew