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

Devon East

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Simon Jupp
    • Votes: 32,577
    • Vote share %: 50.8
    • Vote share change: +2.3
  2. Independent
    Claire Wright
    • Votes: 25,869
    • Vote share %: 40.4
    • Vote share change: +5.1
  3. Labour
    Dan Wilson
    • Votes: 2,870
    • Vote share %: 4.5
    • Vote share change: -6.9
  4. Liberal Democrat
    Eleanor Rylance
    • Votes: 1,771
    • Vote share %: 2.8
    • Vote share change: +0.3
  5. Green
    Henry Gent
    • Votes: 711
    • Vote share %: 1.1
    • Vote share change: +1.1
  6. Independent
    Peter Faithfull
    • Votes: 275
    • Vote share %: 0.4
    • Vote share change: +0.2

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 6,708
  • Registered voters: 87,168
  • % share:
    73.5%
  • Change since 2017: +0.2

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 50.8%
Independent 40.4%
Labour 4.5%
Liberal Democrat 2.8%
Green 1.1%
Independent 0.4%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Independent +5.1 Gained
  • Conservative +2.3 Gained
  • Green +1.1 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat +0.3 Gained
  • Independent +0.2 Gained
  • Labour -6.9 Lost

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MP 'would not have made same decisions as Cummings'

East Devon MP Simon Jupp has said he would not have the "same decisions" as Dominic Cummings if "placed in the same situation".

In a Facebook post, Conservative Mr Jupp added he would have "considered [his] position" in similar circumstances, despite acknowledging he believed Mr Cummings actions were "motivated" by a desire to "protect his family" .

The statement comes following the prime minister's senior adviser acknowledging he had driven 260 miles from London to his family estate near Durham in March.

One junior minister has resigned this morning over the controversy.

Mr Jupp said he had experienced "a mixture of anger disappointment and frustration in recent days".

He said: "This has been a deeply unhelpful distraction we could do without as a nation dealing with a pandemic."

We are all making significant sacrifices and coping with situations we couldn’t imagine just a few months ago. Many of us, including myself, have lost people in our lives and haven’t been able to see family and friends. It’s been incredibly tough for everyone."

Simon JuppMP for East Devon
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Mr Cummings said he believed he had acted "reasonably" and within the law.

Devon East: Conservative hold

Simon Jupp has been elected MP for Devon East, meaning that the Conservative Party holds the seat with a decreased majority.

The new MP beat independent candidate Claire Wright by 6,708 votes. This was fewer than Hugo Swire’s 8,036 vote majority in the 2017 general election.

Dan Wilson of the Labour Party came third and Liberal Democrat Eleanor Rylance came fourth.

Voter turnout was up by 0.5 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 64,000 people, roughly three-quarters 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 six candidates, Dan Wilson (Labour), Eleanor Rylance (Liberal Democrat), Henry Gent (Green) and Peter Faithfull (independent) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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'I promise I won't let you down'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

This is the moment Simon Jupp was re-elected as an MP in Devon East.

"The hard work truly starts now, and I will make sure that east Devon becomes an even better place to live and work."

Claire Wright fails to break 150-year Tory grip

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Independent candidate Claire Wright was hotly tipped to take the East Devon seat - her third attempt at doing so - but lost out again to the Conservatives.

The BBC exit poll suggested early on she could break the 150-year Tory hold.

She received 25,869 votes - trailing the Conservative's result of 32,577.

Simon Jupp has been elected in the seat which was occupied by Sir Hugo Swire for the last 18 years.

Through numerous boundary changes, the area has been represented by a Conservative MP since 1835.

Devon East results
BBC

Conservatives hold East Devon seat

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

After the BBC exit poll suggested Independent candidate Claire Wright was on track to win East Devon, the Conservatives have held the seat with 32,577 votes.

East Devon candidates
BBC

Election 2019 Devon: East Devon

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Exmouth
BBC

Situated to the east of Exeter is the affluent seat of East Devon.

Well-known names in the constituency include Broadclyst, Budleigh, Clyst Valley, Exmouth (pictured), Lympstone, Ottery St Mary, Sidmouth, Topsham, Whimple and Woodbury.

The area also has a shoreline on the Jurassic Coast.

The constituency is home to a large number of retired pensioners - one in four of the population is over the age of 65 - the sixth highest proportion of any constituency in England and Wales, according to ONS 2011 census figures.

East Devon statistics
BBC

Considered to be a safe Conservative seat,since 2001 it has been held by Hugo Swire, who stood down for this election.

This may be why it has a slightly wider field of candidates than other Devon constituencies, including: Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the Greens, two independents and a first-time Conservative candidate.

You can find out more about the area's candidates and previous election results here.

East Devon: Champagne opened, but Lib Dems likely to lose

Vic Morgan

BBC Radio Devon

Liberal Democrats are popping corks in East Devon, but there's not much of a chance of victory.

Independent Claire Wright is expected to take the seat away from the Conservatives for the first time in more than 150 years.

Lib dems in East Devon
BBC

General Election 2019: Jo Swinson on the South West

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson said during a trip to Cornwall that her party could be the one that caused big problems for Boris Johnson as he sought a parliamentary majority.

Jo Swinson quote
BBC

General Election 2019: Jeremy Corbyn on the South West

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Housing is, of course, a hot topic nationally.

In the South West, many areas have high house prices and high rents, which coupled with the region's low salaries causes many difficulties for people just trying to keep a roof over their head.

Jeremy Corbyn addressed some of these problems during a campaigning visit to Falmouth.

Jeremy Corbyn in Falmouth
BBC

General Election 2019: Boris Johnson on the South West

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Boris Johnson in a hpsital in Cornwall
PA Media
Boris Johnson's visits to the South West included this appearance at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance

The prime minister and Conservative Party leader was interviewed several times during visits to the South West.

This is some of what he said about the region and what his party planned to deliver:

  • On the NHS after being questioned on hospitals frequently being on high alert and having to turn away patients: "We are putting in the biggest cash boost in memory... but there is more to do."
  • On improving train lines in the South West, particularly on the main line on the coast at Dawlish, which can be susceptible to bad weather: "We will put in the £80m needed to fix the line at Dawlish that is needed and come up with a proper long-term solution."
  • On fishing: "We will absolutely maximize the interests of fishermen in the South West and across the whole of the UK."
  • On the South West Water rebate of £50 a year per customer because SWW bills are the highest in Britain: "We're committed to funding through the whole of the next Parliament."