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After 650 of 650 seats

Chelmsford

Parliamentary constituency
CON HOLD CON HOLD

Results

General Election 2017 results
Party Votes % Net percentage change in seats
Party

CON

Conservative

Vicky Ford Votes 30,525 header_vote_share 53.7 Net percentage change in seats +2.2
Party

LAB

Labour

Chris Vince Votes 16,953 header_vote_share 29.8 Net percentage change in seats +12.2
Party

LD

Liberal Democrat

Stephen Robinson Votes 6,916 header_vote_share 12.2 Net percentage change in seats +0.3
Party

UKIP

UKIP

Nigel Carter Votes 1,645 header_vote_share 2.9 Net percentage change in seats -11.3
Party

GRN

Green Party

Reza Hossain Votes 821 header_vote_share 1.4 Net percentage change in seats -2.1

Turnout and CON majority

CON majority

13,572

Turnout

70.2%

Vote share

Party %
Conservative 53.7
Labour 29.8
Liberal Democrat 12.2
UKIP 2.9
Green Party 1.4

Vote share change since 2015

−%
+%
Labour
+12.2
Conservative
+2.2
Liberal Democrat
+0.3
Green Party
-2.1
UKIP
-11.3

Latest updates

'It wasn't for me,' says fired Apprentice

Spoiler alert: Don't read any further if you are yet to watch last night's edition of The Apprentice.

The latest hopeful to be fired from the show agrees with Lord Alan Sugar's decision to boot him out of the process.

Ross Fretten, from Chelmsford, says he felt it wasn't for him.

After his team, Team Vitality, made a loss of more than £430, Sir Alan criticised the 29-year-old entrepreneur for doing too little.

"Ross, you are a very articulate fellow but I believe, and I say this respectfully, you are a fish out of water," said the business mogul.

Ross Fretten, in blue seat and dark glasses, seated in The Apprentice boardroom
BBC/Freemantle Media

Fretten says he has now tweaked his own business strategy since being on the BBC One show, and will bring in crowdfunding to source investment for his personalised dog-training app.

As for the rest of the candidates... he hopes Harrison Jones (pictured right) wins, describing him as a "consistently positive force... consistently hard worker".

Ross Fretten, Sajan Shah and Harrison Ford, seated in the Apprentice boardroom
BBC/Freemantle Media

Less positive words for members of Team Graphene, who've squabbled throughout the process.

If anybody that I worked with in my dad-to-day had behaved like that I wouldn't be working with them anymore... I'd have kicked them off the project."

Ross Fretten

Essex MP in teaful plea for EU safety laws

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The MP for Chelmsford Vicky Ford fought back tears in Parliament this afternoon as she told MPs how her father died in an accident caused by faulty electrical goods.

Ms Ford had called a debate to appeal to the government to hold onto EU consumer law after we have left the European Union.

Talking about the benefits of EU consumer law she told MPs: "When I was a child I lost my father due to an accident involving electrical goods....that would not have happened today."

She then had to pause for a few seconds to fight back tears before pointing out that the Grenfell Tower fire in London is thought to have started in electrical goods.

"Now is not the time to drop safety legislation," she said.

Rail strike: Greater Anglia plans to run a full service

Greater Anglia says a full service will be operating today, despite a walkout by RMT members.

It's the second day of action by the union in a dispute over the future of guards.

The union says it wants guarantees that there will be no further extension of having trains without on-board guards.

Greater Anglia says it is promising guards will remain in place until the end of its current contract to operate the franchise in 2025, and that safety has not been compromised on its existing driver-only trains.

RMT banner
BBC

On Tuesday, members staged a 24-hour walkout which we covered with a BBC live updates page, when only a handful of services were cancelled or affected across Greater Anglia's services in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Vicky Ford, the Conservative MP for Chelmsford, has condemned the action:

Vicky Ford MP
BBC

It's having very little impact because Greater Anglia has trained up another 160 people to be conductors, and very few of our trains have these conductors on them anyway. It's a completely unnecessary strike becauses our trains are safe when the drivers shut the doors."

Vicky Ford MP(Con) Chelmsford

Greater Anglia is one of four train companies in England affected by a second day of walkouts today.

New Chelmsford MP 'deeply honoured'

The new MP for Chelmsford, Vicky Ford, says she is "deeply honoured" to have retained the seat for the Conservatives.

"I think people felt the Conservatives had been a party that would deliver economic stability, and stability through Brexit negotiations," she said.

Vicky Ford
BBC

The East of England MEP will now be handing in her resignation at her previous position in the European Parliament before taking office in Chelmsford.

And she had a message for her children and other young people who are in the middle of exams.

"I'd like to do a shout out to all the young people doing exams at the moment, but I hope they're not staying up too late to listen."

Chelmsford: Conservative hold

election graphic
BBC

BreakingConservatives hold Chelmsford

The Conservative candidate for Chelmsford, Vicky Ford, has held the seat for her party, while Labour has nearly doubled its vote share from 2015.

Ms Ford won the seat with 30,525 votes. Labour gained 16,953 and the Liberal Democrats 6,916.

The constituency's previous MP, Sir Simon Burns, announced his retirement earlier this year after holding the seat since 1987.

General election 2017 nomination papers in

With all the general election 2017 candidates' nominations papers in, we've collected together links to where you can find full information from the returning officers in the 18 Essex constituencies:

The election takes place on Thursday, 8 June.

Labour announce candidate in key swing constituency

The former leader of the local council has been selected as the official Labour candidate to stand in Thurrock in the General Election on 8 June.

John Kent (pictured) has been a Labour councillor for two decades.

Thurrock was the only Essex seat won by Labour in 1992 - the election which preceeded the Labour landslide of 1997.

The seat will be defended by the Conservatives' Jackie Doyle-Price, who took it back for the Tories in 2010 and won a slim majority of 536 in 2015:

  • Jackie Doyle-Price (Con): 16,692
  • Polly Billington (Lab):        16,156
  • Tim Aker (UKIP):               15,718
  • Rhodri Jamieson-Ball:            644
  • Others:                                   344

John Kent
Labour Party

Meanwhile, Chris Vince has been selected by Labour to fight Chelmsford, where the Conservatives had a 18,250 majority in 2015.

General election 2017: How do I register to vote?

Don't get left outside on polling day. Here are details of what you need and where you need to go to register for the general election on 8 June:

The deadline to register is 22 May
CON HOLD

Results

Conservative
, with candidate Simon Burns
, have the following results:
  • 27,732 total votes taken.
  • 51.5% share of the total vote
  • +5.4% change in share of the votes
Labour
, with candidate Chris Vince
, have the following results:
  • 9,482 total votes taken.
  • 17.6% share of the total vote
  • +6.7% change in share of the votes
UKIP
, with candidate Mark Gough
, have the following results:
  • 7,652 total votes taken.
  • 14.2% share of the total vote
  • +11.4% change in share of the votes
Liberal Democrat
, with candidate Stephen Robinson
, have the following results:
  • 6,394 total votes taken.
  • 11.9% share of the total vote
  • -24.9% change in share of the votes
Green Party
, with candidate Angela Thomson
, have the following results:
  • 1,892 total votes taken.
  • 3.5% share of the total vote
  • +2.6% change in share of the votes
Liberal
, with candidate Henry Boyle
, have the following results:
  • 665 total votes taken.
  • 1.2% share of the total vote
  • +1.2% change in share of the votes

Change compared with 2010

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