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

Bury St Edmunds

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Jo Churchill
    • Votes: 37,770
    • Vote share %: 61.0
    • Vote share change: +1.8
  2. Labour
    Cliff Waterman
    • Votes: 12,782
    • Vote share %: 20.6
    • Vote share change: -8.9
  3. Green
    Helen Geake
    • Votes: 9,711
    • Vote share %: 15.7
    • Vote share change: +11.5
  4. Independent
    Paul Hopfensperger
    • Votes: 1,694
    • Vote share %: 2.7
    • Vote share change: +2.7

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 24,988
  • Registered voters: 89,644
  • % share:
    69.1%
  • Change since 2017: -3.1

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 61.0%
Labour 20.6%
Green 15.7%
Independent 2.7%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Green +11.5 Gained
  • Independent +2.7 Gained
  • Conservative +1.8 Gained
  • Labour -8.9 Lost

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What the papers say in Suffolk

  • The Ipswich Star reports that the future of a metal works employing 85 people is in doubt
  • Bury Free Press writes that firefighters rescued a baby who was trapped in a car this morning
  • The Haverhill Echo reports that the new busway heading out towards Haverhill from Cambridge has moved one step closer as a route was chosen to progress to the next stage of development

Poems given to parents of lockdown babies

A poem that talks about the impact coronavirus restrictions have had on parents whose babies were born in lockdown, is being handed out.

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds is behind the idea, along with the My Wish Charity.

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Suffolk college donates protective equipment to NHS staff

Pete Cooper

BBC News

West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds has donated gloves, aprons and masks to the staff at the town's West Suffolk Hospital.

The equipment came from the college's health and beauty department.

All schools and colleges in the UK are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre cancelled

Pete Cooper

BBC News

Christmas events are already being cancelled due to coronavirus.

West Suffolk Council has said it is calling off this year’s Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre to "help public services concentrate on tackling" their response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Fayre was due to be held between 26 and 29 November.

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre
Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre

Cllr John Griffiths, leader of the council, said: "We know how popular the Fayre is and it is with a heavy heart we have taken this decision.

"But in the circumstances, and when you see events like the Olympics being postponed, it is the right one."

Second patient dies from Covid-19 at West Suffolk Hospital

Alex Pope

BBC News

A second patient has died after testing positive for Covid-19 at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

Nick Jenkins, medical director for West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We can confirm that, sadly, two patients in their 70s with underlying health conditions have passed away at West Suffolk Hospital.

"They had tested positive for Covid-19.

“Our thoughts and condolences remain with these patients’ family and loved ones at this difficult time.”

The hospital said the second death happened on Wednesday.

West Suffolk Hospital
West Suffolk Hospital

So far 480 people have tested positive for the virus in the NHS East of England area, according to Public Health England.

There have been a further 43 cases in Northamptonshire and 59 in the Buckinghamshire County Council area, which come under Midlands and South East respectively.

Bury St Edmunds: Conservative hold

Jo Churchill has been re-elected as the MP for Bury St Edmunds, with an increased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Labour's Cliff Waterman by 24,988 votes, 6,547 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election.

Helen Geake of the Green Party came third and independent candidate Paul Hopfensperger came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 3.1 percentage points since the last general election.

Nearly 62,000 people, 69.1% of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.

One of the four candidates, Paul Hopfensperger (independent) lost his £500 deposit after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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Bury St Edmunds turnout down

Echoing the trend across the East so far, the Bury St Edmunds turnout is down 3.2% to 69%.

Bury St Edmunds count
BBC

Suffolk boundary changes: Needham Market on the move?

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

Needham Market residents could be voting in a different Parliamentary constituency at the next election, if plans to change the electoral boundaries are approved by MPs.

The proposals from the Boundary Commission are designed to even out the numbers of voters in each seat, while reducing the number of MPs from 650 to 600.

House of Commons
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Needham, along with Combs, Battisford, Ringshall and Great Bricett would move from the Bury St Edmunds seat to the seat of Central Suffolk & North Ipswich.

That in turn loses a bit of Ipswich north of Colchester Road to the Ipswich constituency.

Suffolk Coastal gains Hasketon and Great and Little Bealings, but loses Pettistree, Stratford St Andrew and Farnham.