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

Leigh

Parliamentary constituency

CON GAIN FROM LAB

Results

  1. Conservative
    James Grundy
    • Votes: 21,266
    • Vote share %: 45.3
    • Vote share change: +9.4
  2. Labour
    Joanne Platt
    • Votes: 19,301
    • Vote share %: 41.1
    • Vote share change: -15.1
  3. The Brexit Party
    James Melly
    • Votes: 3,161
    • Vote share %: 6.7
    • Vote share change: +6.7
  4. Liberal Democrat
    Mark Clayton
    • Votes: 2,252
    • Vote share %: 4.8
    • Vote share change: +2.8
  5. Independent
    Ann O'Bern
    • Votes: 551
    • Vote share %: 1.2
    • Vote share change: +1.2
  6. UKIP
    Leon Peters
    • Votes: 448
    • Vote share %: 1.0
    • Vote share change: -5.0

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 1,965
  • Registered voters: 77,417
  • % share:
    60.7%
  • Change since 2017: -0.8

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 45.3%
Labour 41.1%
The Brexit Party 6.7%
Liberal Democrat 4.8%
Independent 1.2%
UKIP 1.0%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Conservative +9.4 Gained
  • The Brexit Party +6.7 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat +2.8 Gained
  • Independent +1.2 Gained
  • UKIP -5.0 Lost
  • Labour -15.1 Lost

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The view from Leigh where Tories won

BBC Radio 5 Live

Leigh bus station
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The Conservatives have gained Leigh in Greater Manchester - a seat held by Labour for almost 100 years.

BBC Radio 5 Live reporter Nick Garnett has been speaking to people at the town's bus station as they head to work.

Bev says she is “shocked and flabbergasted” that the seat has gone Conservative – “especially with the way Leigh is at the moment... it's not good. Predominantly, it was an old mining town so that's never changed, but everything is run down... everything is a second hand shop, there are people lying in doorways.”

Robert says he was told to vote Labour, “to save our NHS”.

Paul didn’t vote but isn’t surprised at the result: “It is all about Brexit isn’t it?

"Over the years they’ve been stalling because Parliament didn't want Brexit and you got the feeling that Labour in the same way have been stalling... because most of the party is Remainers...

"Even though Boris Johnson is not the best choice, he was the only one who's promising to go ahead with Brexit."

Debbie voted Conservative: “To be honest I didn’t think Jeremy Corbyn could do what he said he do. So, fingers crossed, we do Brexit now.

Is it about Brexit or Jeremy Corbyn? "Just a bit both really," Debbie says, "they all say they’re going to do something and nothing ever happens... So fingers crossed they get it done this time."

Listen to live reaction on BBC Sounds.

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'Traumatic' night for Labour

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Labour candidate Jo Platt who is defending Leigh for the party has said she encountered a lot of "anger" in her constituency.

Said told the Local Democracy Reporting Service it could be a "traumatic night" for Labour Ms Platt and urged colleagues to start understanding why people were turning away from the party.

Jo Platt
LDRS

Leigh: First Labour loss in a century

James Grundy has been elected as the MP for Leigh, beating Labour's Joanne Platt by 1,965 votes.

The Conservative Party overturned a 9,554 vote majority to take the formerly Labour-held seat.

Labour had held the seat since 1918.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, served as MP for Leigh until 2017.

James Melly of the Brexit Party came third and Liberal Democrat Mark Clayton came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 0.8 percentage points since the last general election.

Nearly 47,000 people, 60.7% 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, Mark Clayton (Liberal Democrat), Ann O'Bern (independent) and Leon Peters (UKIP) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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BreakingRESULT: Conservatives take Leigh

The Conservatives have taken Leigh from Labour.

For the first time in nearly 100 years the Conservatives have won the seat of Leigh with a 2,000 majority.

Leigh: Labour hold

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