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

Chelmsford

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Vicky Ford
    • Votes: 31,934
    • Vote share %: 55.9
    • Vote share change: +2.2
  2. Liberal Democrat
    Marie Goldman
    • Votes: 14,313
    • Vote share %: 25.1
    • Vote share change: +12.9
  3. Labour
    Penny Richards
    • Votes: 10,295
    • Vote share %: 18.0
    • Vote share change: -11.8
  4. Monster Raving Loony Party
    Mark Lawrence
    • Votes: 580
    • Vote share %: 1.0
    • Vote share change: +1.0

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 17,621
  • Registered voters: 80,394
  • % share:
    71.1%
  • Change since 2017: +0.9

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 55.9%
Liberal Democrat 25.1%
Labour 18.0%
Monster Raving Loony Party 1.0%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Liberal Democrat +12.9 Gained
  • Conservative +2.2 Gained
  • Monster Raving Loony Party +1.0 Gained
  • Labour -11.8 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)

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Analysis from Andrew Sinclair, BBC political correspondent for the East of England.

How did the other parties fair?

The Liberal Democrats more than doubled their share of the vote to 25% in Chelmsford, off the back of strong local election results.

They also took second-place in Saffron Walden but Labour finished second in every other Essex seat.

Labour were some 9,423 votes behind Will Quince in Colchester, which had been viewed as a possible swing seat ahead of the election.

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BBC

Vicky Ford celebrates with pizza after taking large slice of vote

Vicky Ford and her team have celebrated her victory in Chelmsford by grabbing themselves some pizza.

The seat had potential for a slip up after the Liberal Democrats took the city council earlier this year but the Conservative MP increased her majority.

Vicky Ford and her team enjoy pizza
BBC

Chelmsford: Conservative hold

Vicky Ford has been re-elected as the MP for Chelmsford, with an increased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Liberal Democrat Marie Goldman by 17,621 votes, 4,049 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election.

Penny Richards of the Labour Party came third and the Monster Raving Loony Party's Mark Lawrence came fourth.

Voter turnout was up by 0.8 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 57,000 people, 71% 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, Mark Lawrence (Monster Raving Loony Party) lost his £500 deposit after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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BreakingChelmsford: Conservative hold

Vicky Ford retains her seat in Chelmsford comfortably, increasing her majority.

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