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

Harlow

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Robert Halfon
    • Votes: 27,510
    • Vote share %: 63.5
    • Vote share change: +9.4
  2. Labour
    Laura McAlpine
    • Votes: 13,447
    • Vote share %: 31.0
    • Vote share change: -7.3
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Charlotte Cane
    • Votes: 2,397
    • Vote share %: 5.5
    • Vote share change: +3.4

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 14,063
  • Registered voters: 68,078
  • % share:
    63.7%
  • Change since 2017: -2.6

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 63.5%
Labour 31.0%
Liberal Democrat 5.5%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Conservative +9.4 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat +3.4 Gained
  • Labour -7.3 Lost

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Government to work with councils on school summer camps

BBC Politics

The government has said it would be willing to work with Essex County Council on any plan to set up summer camps to help pupils catch up on the teaching they missed out on during lockdown.

The idea was raised in the Commons by Harlow MP Robert Halfon, who welcomed the £1bn package to help pupils catch up on missed teaching.

But the Conservative MP - who is also chairman of the Commons Education Committee - wanted assurances that councils would have a say in the way that money was spent.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the government will look at the idea.

Robert Halfon
UK Parliament

Get retired teachers to get pupils back to school, says MP

BBC Essex

Conservative MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon, is calling on the prime minister to put forward a detailed plan for how children will be able to return to schools in September.

It comes after the government dropped plans for every primary school pupil in England to spend at least four weeks back in class before the summer break.

Only children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 have returned so far.

Robert Halfon
UK Parliament

"We know that 85% of vulnerable children are not in school; 700,000 children according to 900 head teachers are not doing any school homework", he said.

"There should be some kind of summer school with a national volunteer army of retired teachers, Ofsted inspectors, graduates, to help these children left behind catch up."

Downing Street said it has not ruled out the possibility of retired teachers being called back into the profession in England to help deal with the coronavirus crisis.

Shielding MP 'very happy' about proxy vote plan in Commons

Pete Cooper

BBC News

Palace of Westminster
BBC

On Tuesday MPs voted to reinstate a physical Parliament, despite a rebellion by 10 Conservatives.

Some MPs have said the Conservative government's plans risk excluding those with medical conditions or caring duties.

Responding to criticism, Boris Johnson said shielded and older members should be allowed to vote by proxy.

Later, the government will introduce a motion, allowing those MPs to be able to take part in questions virtually.

Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for Harlow in Essex who is shielding and did not attend last night's vote on medical advice, said he was "very happy" to hear the news.

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Currently, MPs who are new parents are able to arrange a proxy vote.

Mr Halfon was born with mild cerebral palsy. He has since developed osteoarthritis and walks using crutches.

MPs react to remote voting poll

Katy Lewis

BBC News Online

The Liberal Democrat MP for St Albans, Daisy Cooper, has criticised the government's move to have insist on MPs voting in person in Parliament instead of having the option to do it from home - a measure that was brought in during the coronavirus lockdown.

A bill to not allow remote voting passed by 261 votes to 163 in the House of Commons yesterday.

Daisy Cooper
Daisy Cooper

Ms Cooper had to join a long, socially distanced, queue to vote.

"If they want to lead by example they should be embracing digital technology and reducing the amount of commuting MPs have to make up and down the country," she said.

"They should be reinforcing social distancing not encouraging MPs to travel the breadth and length of the country to end up being super-spreaders and putting their own communities at risk."

Meanwhile, the Conservative MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon said he was "ashamed" of his party after the decision.

Mr Halfon, who has cerebral palsy and has been shielding, said it was not fair on people like him who've been told to shield by medics as they're considered vulnerable to the virus.

He decided not to travel to Westminster yesterday, so had no vote in the decision about how the House would vote in the future.

Shielding MP to drive to Commons for 'virtual parliament' vote

Harlow MP Robert Halfon, who is shielding himself during the coronavirus pandemic due to a health condition, is planning to go to the House of Commons under protest to vote for a virtual parliament.

Mr Halfon was born with mild cerebral palsy. He has since developed osteoarthritis due in part to many operations, and walks using crutches.

His fellow Conservative, Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg, has scrapped the temporary electronic voting system which has allowed MPs not to have to attend Parliament in person.

MPs will vote on Tuesday night on how the House of Commons will work from now on, but they'll have to be there to do it.

Mr Halfon had tweeted on Friday asking Mr Rees-Mogg not to "snip away at democratic right of MPs who genuinely can't come in" as that would risk turning those MPs into "Parliamentary Eunuchs".

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Mr Rees-Mogg has previously said the hybrid system of having some MPs in the chamber and others video-conferencing had cut the time available for debating legislation by around two thirds, and prevented "proper scrutiny" of the government.

"We will not be returning to the crowded, bustling chamber of old," he said, adding MPs would be returning to a "safe working environment".

Coronavirus deaths rise in the East

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The number of people who have died from coronavirus in the East of England continues to rise.

Last night, Public Health England released its latest figures for the past 24 hours.

Below is a list of hospitals where the deaths occurred.

  • Luton and Dunstable - 1 (total - 11)
  • Milton Keynes Hospital - 2 (total - 13)
  • Peterborough and Hinchingbrooke - 2 (total - 9)
  • Addenbrooke's - 2 (total - 5)
  • Princess Alexandra - 8 (total - 22)
  • Colchester - 2 (total - 11)
  • Basildon - 6 (total - 23)
  • Southend - 1 (total - 8)
  • East and North Herts - 3 (total - 12)
  • West Herts Hospitals - 2 (total - 15)
  • Norfolk and Norwich - 2 (total - 10)
  • James Paget - 2 (total - 5)
  • Queen Elizabeth - 3 (total - 10)
  • Northampton - 2 (total - 9)
  • Kettering - 4 (total - 5)
  • West Suffolk - 2 (total - 4)

The total number of confirmed (tested) regional cases now stands at 2,219, compared to 29,474 in the UK as a whole.

Across the UK, the death toll stands at 2,352.

Turnouts in Essex

Here are the final turnout figures for the Essex constituencies:

Basildon and Billericay 63.1% (65% in 2017)

Braintree 67.1% (69.5% in 2017)

Brentwood and Ongar 70.4% (70.5% in 2017)

Castle Point 63.6% (64.4% in 2017)

Chelmsford 71% (70.2% in 2017)

Clacton 61.3% (64.4% in 2017)

Colchester 64.4% (66.9% in 2017)

Epping Forest 68% (68% in 2017)

Harlow 63.7% (66.2% in 2017)

Harwich and North Essex 70.5% (71.1% in 2017)

Maldon 69.4% (70.2% in 2017)

Rayleigh and Wickford 69.5% (70.4% in 2017)

Rochford and Southend East 61.25% (64.3% in 2017)

Saffron Walden 72.5% (73.3% in 2017)

South Basildon and Thurrock East 60.8% (64.1% in 2017)

Southend West 67.8% (64.4% in 2017)

Thurrock 59.6% (64.4% in 2017)

Witham 70.1% (71.2% in 2017)

Harlow: Conservative hold

Robert Halfon has been re-elected as the MP for Harlow, with an increased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Labour's Laura McAlpine by 14,063 votes, more than double the majority at the 2017 election.

Charlotte Cane of the Liberal Democrats came third.

Voter turnout was down by 2.6 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 43,000 people, 63.7% of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.

All three candidates keep their deposits, after receiving more than 5% of the votes.

This story was created using some automation.

BreakingHarlow: Conservative hold

Robert Halfon almost doubles his majority to 14,063.