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Grantham & StamfordParliamentary constituency
- Votes: 36,794
- Vote share %: 65.7
- Vote share change: +3.7
- Votes: 10,791
- Vote share %: 19.3
- Vote share change: -7.2
Liberal DemocratHarrish Bisnauthsing
- Votes: 6,153
- Vote share %: 11.0
- Vote share change: +5.5
- Votes: 2,265
- Vote share %: 4.0
- Vote share change: +2.7
Change compared with 2017
- CON majority: 26,003
- Registered voters: 81,502
- Change since 2017: -0.5
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Grantham and Stamford's new Conservative MP says he'll be looking at local matters such as Grantham Hospital and the A1.
Gareth Davies has retained the constituency for the Conservative party.
He takes over from Nick Boles who stood down from the party before the general election.
Gareth Davies has been elected MP for Grantham & Stamford, meaning that the Conservative Party holds the seat with an increased majority.
The new MP beat Labour's Kathryn Salt by 26,003 votes. This was more than Nick Boles’s 20,094 vote majority in the 2017 general election.
Harrish Bisnauthsing of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Anne Gayfer came fourth.
Voter turnout was down by 0.5 percentage points since the last general election.
More than 56,000 people, 68.7% 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, Anne Gayfer (Green) lost her £500 deposit after failing to win 5% of the vote.
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Gareth Davies holds the seat for the Conservative Party.
Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire is a true blue stomping ground with six of the seven seats taken by Conservative candidates in 2017 and none with a majority of less than 16,000.
But the Lincoln seat is a different matter.
It went from Labour to Conservative in 2010 and back to Labour in 2017.
Labour’s Karen Lee (pictured below) is defending a slender lead of just 1,538, so, in theory it would only take 770 people to change their mind to see it swing again and return Tory candidate Karl McCartney to his former seat.
In an intriguing twist, earlier this week Brexit Party candidate, Reece Wilkes, announced during a BBC Radio Lincolnshire event that he wanted his supporters to back the Conservatives instead of voting for him.
However, his name remains on the ballot paper so it’s still possible the Brexit vote could be split in the constituency.
Lincoln was a leave voting area, though estimates suggest not as overwhelmingly as surrounding constituencies, and I’ve spoken to Labour supporters who are threatening not to vote for the party out of anger at its stance on Brexit.
Away from Brexit, the NHS is a key issue across the region, together with associated issues such as mental health provision and rough sleeping.
And Lincolnshire’s hospitals are repeatedly hitting the headlines. A fortnight ago there were photos of queening ambulances outside the A&E at Lincoln County Hospital while it’s now more than three years since the A&E in Grantham was closed overnight.
Whatever the issue local people seem intent to have their say, with a 2.28% rise in voter registration on 2017.
Who those extra votes will help, however, we will have to wait to find out.
Here are pictures from South Holland and Grantham below showing the counters starting on their night's work.
The Independent MP for Grantham and Stamford Nick Boles has tabled an amendment to the government's Brexit bill.
It would lengthen the transition period by two years - ending in December 2022 instead of December 2020.
Mr Boles says he wants to avoid a no-deal Brexit next year.
BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire
Well that's it from me, we'll be back tomorrow with more news, sport, weather and travel from across the county at 08:00.
For now though I'll leave you with five things we've learned today.
- Grantham and Stamford's MP Nick Boles has proposed National Health Insurance to help the NHS
- A 17-year-old has appeared before Lincoln Youth Court charged with attempted murder
- Lincolnshire County Council has been criticised for billing a family unnecessary care home costs
- Lincolnshire Police has issued a drone safety warning
- And Lee Frecklington is back at Lincoln City
Have a good evening.
Grantham and Stamford's MP, Nick Boles, has been on the Victoria Derbyshire programme today, proposing a National Health Insurance scheme.
He says he thinks people would be willing to pay a little bit more in tax - to safeguard the future of the NHS: