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

Halifax

Parliamentary constituency

LAB HOLD

Results

  1. Labour
    Holly Lynch
    • Votes: 21,496
    • Vote share %: 46.3
    • Vote share change: -6.6
  2. Conservative
    Kashif Ali
    • Votes: 18,927
    • Vote share %: 40.7
    • Vote share change: -1.0
  3. The Brexit Party
    Sarah Wood
    • Votes: 2,813
    • Vote share %: 6.1
    • Vote share change: +6.1
  4. Liberal Democrat
    James Baker
    • Votes: 2,276
    • Vote share %: 4.9
    • Vote share change: +2.7
  5. Green
    Bella Jessop
    • Votes: 946
    • Vote share %: 2.0
    • Vote share change: +2.0

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • LAB majority: 2,569
  • Registered voters: 71,887
  • % share:
    64.6%
  • Change since 2017: -3.2

Vote share

Party % share
Labour 46.3%
Conservative 40.7%
The Brexit Party 6.1%
Liberal Democrat 4.9%
Green 2.0%

Vote share change since 2017

  • The Brexit Party +6.1 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat +2.7 Gained
  • Green +2.0 Gained
  • Conservative -1.0 Lost
  • Labour -6.6 Lost

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'Further clarity' needed on new lockdown - Halifax MP

There is a lack of clarity on the new local lockdown rules being imposed for West Yorkshire, according to one MP representing an affected area.

Halifax
Danny Lawson/PA Media

Last night, health secretary Matt Hancock said that following a spike in coronavirus cases in Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees, those areas would be subject to extra rules.

Designed to slow the spread of the virus, separate households living in those areas have been banned from meeting each other indoors and in their gardens.

But Holly Lynch, Labour MP for Halifax has criticised the government's announcement saying there was a lack of clarity.

She said: "I am calling on government to provide more information and further clarity about these new changes as quickly as possible.

"People understand the seriousness of the situation, but there are some ambiguities and inconsistencies in this information."

From midnight, people living in the affected areas can't visit other homes or gardens, but can meet up with people in outside spaces like public parks, government guidelines say.

Yorkshire MPs on life working from home

James Vincent

Political Editor BBC Look North

As many of us ditch the office and instead work from home, MPs across Yorkshire are doing the same.

Holly Lynch
Holly Lynch

Halifax Labour MP Holly Lynch (pictured above) says she has a team logging on to help constituents despite all of them being at home.

She said: "My team and I have been trying to deal with as many phone calls and emails from constituents, trying to answer questions.

"We held things like the Home Affairs Select Committee via Skype, connecting with other MPs.

Rother Valley Conservative MP Alexander Stafford (pictured below) has been working from his kitchen table and says he's been getting up to 500 emails a day about coronavirus.

He said he's setting up a regular call for his constituencies where they can chat, not necessarily about politics, and have a cup a tea together to beat isolation.

Alexander Stafford
Alexander Stafford

Halifax: Labour hold

Holly Lynch has been re-elected as the MP for Halifax, with a significantly decreased majority.

The Labour candidate beat Conservative Kashif Ali by 2,569 votes, less than half the majority at the 2017 election.

Sarah Wood of the Brexit Party came third and Liberal Democrat James Baker came fourth.

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

More than 46,000 people, 64.6% of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.

Two of the five candidates, James Baker (Liberal Democrat) and Bella Jessop (Green) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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BreakingHalifax: Labour hold

Holly Lynch, Labour candidate for Halifax, has been re-elected as MP for Halifax with a 2,569 majority.

Duchess thanks Halifax MP for letter of 'solidarity'

The Duchess of Sussex has thanked Halifax Labour MP Holly Lynch after the politician sent a letter of "solidarity" signed by female MPs from across Parliament.

The Duchess of Sussex
PA Media

In an open letter to Meghan, 72 cross-party MPs pledged to use the "means at our disposal" to ensure the media accepts her right to privacy, shows respect and that stories "reflect the truth".

Ms Lynch, who posted the letter on social media on Tuesday, told ITV News she was contacted by Buckingham Palace on Wednesday morning and asked if she was free to speak to the duchess.

The MP said: "She was calling to thank myself and other women MPs for standing with her, sending the open letter to say, 'We as women in public office absolutely understand what she is going through'.

"Although in very different public roles, we stand with her in solidarity to say we shouldn't be tearing down women in public life through the press or otherwise. She was pleased to have seen that letter."

The open letter said the media had printed stories and headlines which had invaded the duchess's privacy and "sought to cast aspersions" on her character.

Who has the Monopoly, Huddersfield or Halifax? You decide

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The battle for the next version of Monopoly is on.

The makers of the famous board are pitting two Yorkshire towns against each other - Huddersfield and Halifax.

Monopoly
YorkMix

The winners of the public vote will then be featured on the latest design.

There are already Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, York (pictured) and Yorkshire versions of the game.

I wonder what the little-known inventor of the game, Elizabeth Magie, would have made of the global success of her game?

She invented it to demonstrate the evils of capitalism. Ironically there are now more than 1,000 versions of the game world-wide.

Halifax: Labour hold

Election graphic
BBC

Labour Party retains Halifax seat

Labour Party retains Halifax seat
Labour's Holly Lynch retains her Halifax seat with a 5,376 majority.