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

Clacton

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Giles Watling
    • Votes: 31,438
    • Vote share %: 72.3
    • Vote share change: +11.0
  2. Labour
    Kevin Bonavia
    • Votes: 6,736
    • Vote share %: 15.5
    • Vote share change: -9.9
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Callum Robertson
    • Votes: 2,541
    • Vote share %: 5.8
    • Vote share change: +3.8
  4. Green
    Chris Southall
    • Votes: 1,225
    • Vote share %: 2.8
    • Vote share change: +1.2
  5. Independent
    Andy Morgan
    • Votes: 1,099
    • Vote share %: 2.5
    • Vote share change: +2.5
  6. Independent
    Colin Bennett
    • Votes: 243
    • Vote share %: 0.6
    • Vote share change: +0.6
  7. Monster Raving Loony Party
    Just-John Sexton
    • Votes: 224
    • Vote share %: 0.5
    • Vote share change: +0.5

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 24,702
  • Registered voters: 70,930
  • % share:
    61.3%
  • Change since 2017: -3.0

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 72.3%
Labour 15.5%
Liberal Democrat 5.8%
Green 2.8%
Independent 2.5%
Independent 0.6%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Conservative +11.0 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat +3.8 Gained
  • Independent +2.5 Gained
  • Green +1.2 Gained
  • Independent +0.6 Gained
  • Labour -9.9 Lost

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More entrepreneurs as a result of Covid-19?

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

Lots out today about rising unemployment due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

The number of jobless people claiming unemployment benefit increased by 856,500 to 2.1m in April.

But for the former Conservative and then UKIP MP for Clacton, Douglas Carswell, the pandemic might lead to some positive outcomes:

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More than 6.5 million jobs in total could be lost due to the economic fallout from the UK's coronavirus lockdown, one study by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex suggests.

Do not drive to walk your dog

Police car by beach
Essex Police

People who are driving their vehicles to walk their dogs are being moved on by Essex Police.

Officers out patrolling Clacton seafront and Holland Haven Country Park said: "It is not essential travel to drive somewhere, park up and walk your dog.

"Government guidelines state you must walk your dog from your home address, you may not drive to the beach or country park to exercise or walk your dog.

"The more cars on the road, the more you visit petrol stations, use petrol pumps, the more likely you are to come into contact with a key worker, the quicker the virus spreads.

They added "change your habits, hopefully just for a short time".

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)

Clacton: Conservative hold

Giles Watling has been re-elected as the MP for Clacton, with an increased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Labour's Kevin Bonavia by 24,702 votes, 8,874 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election.

Callum Robertson of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Chris Southall came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 3 percentage points since the last general election.

Nearly 44,000 people, 61.3% of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.

Four of the seven candidates, Chris Southall (Green), Andy Morgan (independent), Colin Bennett (independent) and Just-John Sexton (Monster Raving Loony Party) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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BreakingClacton: Conservative hold

Giles Watling retains his seat with 31,438 votes and a majority of around 25,000.

Roof leaks at Clacton count

Leaks aren't unusual in politics - and it's happening in Clacton tonight in a literal sense.

It is raining so hard the buckets have had to come out to deal with a ceiling at Clacton Leisure Centre.

Staff place a bucket under a leak
BBC

Turnouts across Essex

Here are some of the turnouts we know for Essex so far.

Chelmsford 71% (70.2% in 2017)

Colchester 64.4% (66.9% in 2017)

Epping Forest 68% (68% in 2017)

Harwich and North Essex 70.5% (71.1% in 2017)

Rochford and Southend East 61.25% (64.3% in 2017)

Southend West 67.8% (64.4% in 2017)

Harwich and North Essex count
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'I'm changing my name again'

Independent candidate Andy Morgan stood to "have the Brexit vote on the table" after the Brexit Party, for whom he was the prospective parliamentary candidate for Clacton, pulled out of the seat.

He legally changed his name by deed poll to Andy Brexit Party Morgan but says he was not allowed to feature it on the ballot as it was considered misleading.

He told BBC Essex's Liana Bridges that he would not be keeping the name after the vote.

Andy Brexit Party Morgan
BBC

Getting into the festive spirit on election night

Doug Faulkner

BBC News Online

It might be a night to decide the future of the country but that hasn't stopped candidates and campaigners from getting into the Christmas spirit.

Just-John Sexton is representing the Monster Raving Loony Party in Clacton, while Southend's Conservatives are sporting blue Santa hats.

Just-John Sexton (Monster Raving Loony Party)
BBC
Conservative supporters in blue Santa hats
BBC