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

Chatham & Aylesford

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Tracey Crouch
    • Votes: 28,856
    • Vote share %: 66.6
    • Vote share change: +9.6
  2. Labour
    Vince Maple
    • Votes: 10,316
    • Vote share %: 23.8
    • Vote share change: -9.9
  3. Liberal Democrat
    David Naghi
    • Votes: 2,866
    • Vote share %: 6.6
    • Vote share change: +4.1
  4. Green
    Geoff Wilkinson
    • Votes: 1,090
    • Vote share %: 2.5
    • Vote share change: +1.2
  5. Christian Peoples Alliance
    John Gibson
    • Votes: 212
    • Vote share %: 0.5
    • Vote share change: -0.1

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 18,540
  • Registered voters: 71,642
  • % share:
    60.5%
  • Change since 2017: -3.2

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 66.6%
Labour 23.8%
Liberal Democrat 6.6%
Green 2.5%
Christian Peoples Alliance 0.5%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Conservative +9.6 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat +4.1 Gained
  • Green +1.2 Gained
  • Christian Peoples Alliance -0.1 Lost
  • Labour -9.9 Lost

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Pressure mounts on ministers to solve exam crisis

A number of South East MPs have called on Education Secretary Gavin Williamson to use teacher assessments to grade this year’s GCSE and A-level students amid “the most exceptional of years”.

Conservative Sally-Ann Hart¸ who represents Hastings and Rye, said she was concerned the same level of “frustration and confusion” felt by A-level students last week will also emerge when GCSE results come out later this week.

Protesting students
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She said: “That is why I am today asking the Secretary of State for Education to use Teacher Assessments for the 2020 cohort of students who have been studying A-levels and GCSEs.

“We have lived through an extraordinary time since February this year, and as in all areas we as a Government need to take extraordinary action to mitigate against the long-term effects of Covid-19.”

Meanwhile, Chatham and Aylesford MP Tracey Crouch and South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay have also joined growing calls for teacher assessments to be used to grade students.

Mr Mackinlay said: “Surely better to put 2020 down as the most exceptional of years and go with teacher assessments.

"In any event, universities themselves must show flexibility and elasticity in their admissions procedures this year.”

Exam regulator Ofqual has faced criticism over the statistical model it used to decide the grades.

Record number of female MPs elected

A record number of female MPs have been elected to the House of Commons following the General Election.

Some 220 women won seats in the 2019 poll - up from 208 two years ago.

Across Surrey, Sussex and Kent, 15 constituencies are now represented by female MPs.

That includes Rosie Duffield in Canterbury, who held on to her seat for Labour with an increased majority.

Other female MPs to hold their seats were Conservatives Maria Caulfield in Lewes and Tracey Crouch in Chatham and Aylesford, and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavilion.

Charlie Elphicke and Natalie Elphicke at the count in Dover
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Natalie Elphicke will take over from her husband Charlie Elphicke in Dover

Among the new female MPs is Natalie Elphicke in Dover.

The wife of the constituency's former Tory MP Charlie Elphicke successfully stood for election in his place - and nearly doubled his majority from 6,437 to 12,278.

In Eastbourne the town's former Conservative MP, Caroline Ansell, took the constituency back from Lib Dem Stephen Lloyd. She had lost the seat to him in 2017.

But nationally, men will still considerably outnumber women - with female MPs representing 34% of the Commons.

Chatham & Aylesford: Conservative hold

Tracey Crouch has been re-elected as the MP for Chatham & Aylesford, with an increased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Labour's Vince Maple by 18,540 votes, 8,082 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election.

David Naghi of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Geoff Wilkinson came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 4.6 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 43,000 people, 59.1% 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, Geoff Wilkinson (Green) and John Gibson (Christian Peoples Alliance) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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Chatham and Aylesford result
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Profile: Chatham & Aylesford

A seat created in 1997 and held by Labour during the Blair-Brown years, 2010 saw Tracey Crouch elected for the Conservatives.

She was sports minister and minister for civil society, but quit when the government went back on a commitment to bring in a maximum stake on fixed odds betting machines by a certain time.

She has also turned down a job in Boris Johnson’s cabinet.

Chatham was the boyhood home of one of the most famous journalists ever to be a parliamentary reporter – Charles Dickens (who later lived and died in the neighbouring constituency of Rochester).

Tracey Crouch
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Tracey Crouch is the sitting MP

Kent MP becomes minister for loneliness

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Chatham and Aylesford MP Tracey Crouch has been made minister for loneliness.

The new role of Civil Society Minister is part of a cross-government strategy on the problem, being announced today by the Prime Minister.

Tracey Crouch
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Tracey Crouch MP

I am sure that with the support of volunteers, campaigners, businesses and my fellow MPs from all sides of the House, we can make significant progress in defeating loneliness. It's about keeping communities connected and making sure that we tackle isolation which affects lots of different people in communities, lots of different age groups."

Tracey Crouch MP(Con) Civil Society Minister

The move's been welcomed by the husband of murdered MP Jo Cox.

Brendan Cox tweeted his congratulations to Tracey Crouch, saying his wife would have been "over the moon".

Jo Cox MP
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Jo Cox's husband Brendan says she would be pleased at the appointment
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For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life. Jo Cox recognised the scale of loneliness across the country and dedicated herself to doing all she could to help those affected."

Theresa May MPPrime Minister

Chatham & Aylesford: Conservative Hold

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