UK results: Conservatives win majority

After 650 of 650 seats declared
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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

Hertford & Stortford

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Julie Marson
    • Votes: 33,712
    • Vote share %: 56.1
    • Vote share change: -4.2
  2. Labour
    Chris Vince
    • Votes: 14,092
    • Vote share %: 23.4
    • Vote share change: -5.1
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Chris Lucas
    • Votes: 8,596
    • Vote share %: 14.3
    • Vote share change: +6.2
  4. Green
    Lucy Downes
    • Votes: 2,705
    • Vote share %: 4.5
    • Vote share change: +1.5
  5. UKIP
    Alistair Lindsay
    • Votes: 681
    • Vote share %: 1.1
    • Vote share change: +1.1
  6. Independent
    Brian Percival
    • Votes: 308
    • Vote share %: 0.5
    • Vote share change: +0.5

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 19,620
  • Registered voters: 81,765
  • % share:
    73.5%
  • Change since 2017: +0.7

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 56.1%
Labour 23.4%
Liberal Democrat 14.3%
Green 4.5%
UKIP 1.1%
Independent 0.5%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Liberal Democrat +6.2 Gained
  • Green +1.5 Gained
  • UKIP +1.1 Gained
  • Independent +0.5 Gained
  • Conservative -4.2 Lost
  • Labour -5.1 Lost

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There are four new MPs in Hertfordshire, but only one represents a change of party:

  • In St Albans, Liberal Democrat Daisy Cooper has taken the seat from Conservative Anne Main
  • Conservative Gagan Mohindra held the seat of South West Hertfordshire, despite a challenge from former Tory MP for the seat David Gauke, who had the whip removed after he voted against the government and stood as an independent
  • In Hertford and Stortford, Conservative candidate Julie Marson has held the seat for the Tories after Mark Prisk stood down
  • In Watford, Dean Russell has been elected MP for Watford, meaning that the Conservative Party holds the seat with an increased majority. He beat Labour's Chris Ostrowski by 4,433 votes, more than double Richard Harrington’s 2,092 vote majority in 2017
  • Elsewhere, all the Conservative candidates held their seats. Oliver Heald held Hertfordshire North East, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps retained his seat of Welwyn Hatfield, Bim Afolami held Hitchin and Harpenden, Stephen McPartlandwas re-elected as the MP for Stevenage.
  • In Hertsmere, Oliver Dowden has been re-elected, Sir Mike Penning has held Hemel Hempstead and in Broxbourne, Charles Walker has held his seat. .

Hertford & Stortford: Conservative hold

Julie Marson has been elected MP for Hertford & Stortford, meaning that the Conservative Party holds the seat with an increased majority.

The new MP beat Labour's Chris Vince by 19,620 votes. This was more than Mark Prisk’s 19,035 vote majority in the 2017 general election.

Chris Lucas of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Lucy Downes came fourth.

Voter turnout was up by 0.1 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 60,000 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.

Three of the six candidates, Lucy Downes (Green), Alistair Lindsay (UKIP) and Brian Percival (independent) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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BreakingHertford and Stortford: Conservative hold

Conservative candidate Julie Marson has held the Hertford and Stortford seat for the Tories.

Analysis: Independent fights for Herts seat

Andy Holmes

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

Hertfordshire has 11 constituencies and until September they were all Conservative.

However, the MP for South West Herts David Gauke (pictured), lost his place in the party over his Brexit views, but still has stood as an Independent against his old party.

David Gauke
PA Media

The Liberal Democrats fancies its chances of taking St Albans, despite Tory MP Anne Main’s 6,000 majority, whilst Watford could be close too. It’s a Tory seat currently, but with a 2,000 majority from Labour, and the standing MP Richard Harrington not seeking re-election.

Hertford and Stortford gets a new MP, following Mark Prisk’s retirement, and Labour and the Lib Dems are also targeting Stevenage. The other six seats are likely to remain Tory.

UKIP's failure to field candidates boosts two leading parties

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

UKIP failed to field candidates in several Hertfordshire constituencies, and after its leader Paul Nuttall resigned after a "woeful showing" overall, he said: "A new era must begin with a new leader."

Stevenage was a close-run contest with Conservative Stephen McPartland retaining the seat with 50.3% of the vote including a 5.7% increase in support.

In second place was Labour's Sharon Taylor with 43.4% of the vote, boosted by a 9.2% increase.

Conservative Mark Prisk held on to Hertford and Stortford, boosting his party's support by 4.2% to take 60.3% of the vote share, leaving Labour trailing on 28.6% despite a 10.7% boost in its support.

In Broxbourne Conservative Charles Walker took 62.2% of the vote with Labour's Selina Norgrove on 28.9% after a 10.75% boost to her share, while UKIP slumped by 15.7% to leave it with only 4%, slightly ahead of the Lib Dems on 3.1%.

In St Albans Conservative Anne Main held on to the seat with 43.1% of the vote from the Lib Dems' Daisy Cooper on 32.4%.

Result in: Conservatives hold Hertford and Stortford

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Mark Prisk is celebrating victory in Hertford and Stortford with 36,184 votes, which is an increase of 4,591 from the 2015 election.

Mark Prisk at election count
Hertsmere Borough Council

Here's the breakdown:

  • Mark Prisk: Con 36,184
  • Katherine Chibah: Lab 17,149
  • Mark Argent: LB 4,845
  • David Woollcombe: Green 1,814

Hertford & Stortford: Conservative hold

Election result
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BreakingConservatives hold Hertford and Stortford

Mark Prisk (Con) holds his seat in Hertford and Stortford.