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

Dover

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Natalie Elphicke
    • Votes: 28,830
    • Vote share %: 56.9
    • Vote share change: +4.5
  2. Labour
    Charlotte Cornell
    • Votes: 16,552
    • Vote share %: 32.6
    • Vote share change: -7.3
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Simon Dodd
    • Votes: 2,895
    • Vote share %: 5.7
    • Vote share change: +3.1
  4. Green
    Beccy Sawbridge
    • Votes: 1,371
    • Vote share %: 2.7
    • Vote share change: +0.9
  5. Independent
    Nathan Sutton
    • Votes: 916
    • Vote share %: 1.8
    • Vote share change: +1.8
  6. Women's Equality Party
    Eljai Morais
    • Votes: 137
    • Vote share %: 0.3
    • Vote share change: +0.3

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 12,278
  • Registered voters: 76,355
  • % share:
    66.4%
  • Change since 2017: -3.3

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 56.9%
Labour 32.6%
Liberal Democrat 5.7%
Green 2.7%
Independent 1.8%
Women's Equality Party 0.3%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Conservative +4.5 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat +3.1 Gained
  • Independent +1.8 Gained
  • Green +0.9 Gained
  • Women's Equality Party +0.3 Gained
  • Labour -7.3 Lost

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Union demands government action over P&O Ferries job losses

The RMT union has written to Shipping Minister Kelly Tolhurst calling for "dynamic" government action to help save more than 1,000 jobs at P&O Ferries.

P&O Ferries operation
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The ferry operator, based in Dover, Kent, said earlier this month that the reduced number of vessels and downturn in business had forced its decision to lay off staff.

In his letter, RMT general secretary Mick Cash called on the UK government to take a number of steps to save jobs at the firm and to re-build UK seafarer employment.

Among the government steps called for by Mr Cash included a call for a public statement opposing compulsory redundancies.

In addition, Mr Cash urged the government to press P&O Ferries to use the extended furlough scheme in the UK.

Mr Cash said: “We have a healthy dialogue with the Shipping Minister and her officials but we must now see dynamic action from the government in support of British seafarers jobs on vital ferry routes that are being subsidised by the taxpayer.”

The owners of P&O Ferries had previously stated the business needed £257m in aid to avoid collapse.

P&O has said a consultation period was under way and that it was “clear that right-sizing the business is necessary to create a viable and sustainable P&O Ferries to get through Covid-19".

Only Eastbourne changed hands in the 2019 general election.
The Conservative grip tightened on the region, with increased majorities and a seat taken from the Liberal Democrats.

Dover: Natalie Elphicke replaces husband as Tory MP

Natalie Elphicke has replaced her husband as MP for Dover, holding the seat for the Conservative Party with an increased majority.

Her husband, Charlie Elphicke, had the Tory whip removed in July after he was charged with three counts of sexual assault against two women.

Mr Elphicke denied the charges at Southwark Crown Court in October and was bailed until a trial next year.

His wife was formally selected as Tory candidate for his seat in November.

She beat Labour's Charlotte Cornell by 12,278 votes in Thursday's election.

Simon Dodd of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Beccy Sawbridge came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 3.3 percentage points since the last general election.

Nearly 51,000 people, roughly two-thirds of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.

Three of the six candidates, Ms Sawbridge, Nathan Sutton (independent) and Eljai Morais (Women's Equality Party) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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BreakingDOVER RESULT: Conservative hold

Natalie Elphicke replaces her husband Charlie as Dover MP, doubling his majority from 2017.

Dover result
BBC

Elphickes arrive at Dover count

Lynda Hardy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Charlie Elphicke has arrived at the count in Dover where his wife, Natalie, is standing in his place.

She was selected to run for the Conservatives after her husband lost the Tory whip.

Charlie and Natalie Elphicke
BBC
Charlie Elphicke is at the Dover count with his wife Natalie

Road campaigners sense victory

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A stretch of the A2 near Dover could be widened after nearly four decades of campaigning.

Dover MP Charlie Elphicke says the Department for Transport has promised funding to "investigate options for improving the A2 around Dover".

Charlie Elphicke and local campaigners in Lydd and Shepperdswell
Charlie Elphicke
Dover MP Charlie Elphicke with local campaigners

Local people have been calling for the road to be made a dual carriageway since the 1980s.

Campaigners say dualling the road has become even more important because of plans for a third Thames crossing, and the need for Channel-bound lorries to queue when there are delays.