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

Exeter

Parliamentary constituency

LAB HOLD

Results

  1. Labour
    Ben Bradshaw
    • Votes: 29,882
    • Vote share %: 53.2
    • Vote share change: -8.8
  2. Conservative
    John Gray
    • Votes: 19,479
    • Vote share %: 34.7
    • Vote share change: +1.8
  3. Green
    Joe Levy
    • Votes: 4,838
    • Vote share %: 8.6
    • Vote share change: +6.8
  4. The Brexit Party
    Leslie Willis
    • Votes: 1,428
    • Vote share %: 2.5
    • Vote share change: +2.5
  5. Independent
    Daniel Page
    • Votes: 306
    • Vote share %: 0.5
    • Vote share change: +0.5
  6. UKIP
    Duncan Odgers
    • Votes: 259
    • Vote share %: 0.5
    • Vote share change: +0.5

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • LAB majority: 10,403
  • Registered voters: 82,043
  • % share:
    68.5%
  • Change since 2017: -3.2

Vote share

Party % share
Labour 53.2%
Conservative 34.7%
Green 8.6%
The Brexit Party 2.5%
Independent 0.5%
UKIP 0.5%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Green +6.8 Gained
  • The Brexit Party +2.5 Gained
  • Conservative +1.8 Gained
  • Independent +0.5 Gained
  • UKIP +0.5 Gained
  • Labour -8.8 Lost

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MPs back plans for second rail platform at Cranbrook

BBC Radio Devon

Two Devon MPs are backing plans for a second platform at the new town near Exeter, more passing places and an hourly service between Exeter and Axminster.

Conservatives Simon Jupp and Neil Parish said they were putting pressure on Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps to support the ideas.

Train tracks
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Exeter nightingale to become cancer testing centre

Exeter's Nightingale hospital is to become the first emergency coronavirus facility to be converted into a cancer testing centre, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed.

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Jobs at risk as Exeter Cathedral faces £800k shortfall

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News Online

Exeter Cathedral
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The Dean of Exeter has said some jobs will be lost at Exeter Cathedral due to a shortfall in income of £800,000 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Very Reverend Jonathan Greener said it was "a catastrophic vast amount of money" to lose.

"Suddenly we have this great hole we are trying to fill in," he said.

The cathedral will reopen its doors to the public on Monday for private individual prayer.

It costs £5,000 a day to run and extensive restoration work is still required on the building.

The dean said it was the first time in its 1,000-year history that the cathedral had to be shut in peace time, prompting the cathedral to launch a fundraising appeal.

He said: "It is a very difficult time for everyone. We need help to keep going through these tough times."

Loganair to start flights from Exeter Airport

BBC Radio Devon

Loganair is to fly from Exeter Airport for the first time from the start of July.

The routes include Exeter to Edinburgh, Newcastle and Aberdeeen.

Loganair has taken on the routes after the collapse of Flybe earlier this year.

The airline said it was excited to be flying from Exeter for the first time in its 58-year history.

The company added it was important that keyworkers across the oil and gas, construction, service and healthcare sectors could travel safely throughout the country.

Virus trace system 'not fully working until end of June'

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

The new coronavirus test and trace scheme in England will not be fully operational until the end of June, a Devon MP says he has been told..

The scheme involves thousands of contact tracers to track down people who will be told to self-isolate and determine who they have had contact with.

The aim of the system is to lift blanket lockdown restrictions and move towards more localised, targeted measures.

However, Exeter Labour MP and former government minister Ben Bradshaw, said that Baroness Dido Harding - who is heading up the wider test, track and trace programme - had told him on an MPs’ conference call that the system would not be "fully operational at local level till the end of June".

He added: "Not sure where that leaves [Boris] Johnson’s promise of a fully operational “world beating” system by Monday."

The government said on its website that the new system would "allow us to trace the spread of the virus and isolate new infections and play a vital role in giving us early warning if the virus is increasing again, locally or nationally".

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Harbour master urges end to recreational watersports

BBC Radio Devon

Exeter's harbour master has urged people to stop using the River Exe for recreational activities.

People are continuing to use the river for kite surfing and paddle boarding, which is not essential and could lead to a fine for those taking part.

Harbourmaster Grahame Forshaw said use of the river could put the ports staff and emergency services at unnecessary risk.

River Exe
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Garden store opens despite coronavirus closure order

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A Devon garden centre has said it will defy an order to stop selling plants due to coronavirus and fully re-open.

Plants Galore in Exeter and Plympton became one of the first businesses in the country to be ordered to restrict the items it sold when they were served with a prohibition order last week.

Plants Galore in Exeter
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Plants Galore in Exeter pictured in 2018

Its owner Tony Joyner has told the BBC that his business, which employs 70 people, should be able to sell a full range of products as many other stores are doing.

He argues that the prohibition notice was wrong.

His store in Plympton, which was also served with a notice, has also fully re-opened.

Exeter: Labour hold

Ben Bradshaw has been re-elected as the MP for Exeter, with a decreased majority.

The Labour candidate beat Conservative John Gray by 10,403 votes, 5,714 votes less than the majority at the 2017 election.

Joe Levy of the Green Party came third and the Brexit Party's Leslie Willis came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 3.2 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 56,000 people, 68.5% 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, Leslie Willis (the Brexit Party), Daniel Page (independent) and Duncan Odgers (UKIP) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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