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

Lewes

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Maria Caulfield
    • Votes: 26,268
    • Vote share %: 47.9
    • Vote share change: -1.6
  2. Liberal Democrat
    Oli Henman
    • Votes: 23,811
    • Vote share %: 43.4
    • Vote share change: +4.1
  3. Labour
    Kate Chappell
    • Votes: 3,206
    • Vote share %: 5.8
    • Vote share change: -5.3
  4. Green
    Johnny Denis
    • Votes: 1,453
    • Vote share %: 2.6
    • Vote share change: +2.6
  5. Independent
    Paul Cragg
    • Votes: 113
    • Vote share %: 0.2
    • Vote share change: +0.2

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 2,457
  • Registered voters: 71,503
  • % share:
    76.7%
  • Change since 2017: +0.3

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 47.9%
Liberal Democrat 43.4%
Labour 5.8%
Green 2.6%
Independent 0.2%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Liberal Democrat +4.1 Gained
  • Green +2.6 Gained
  • Independent +0.2 Gained
  • Conservative -1.6 Lost
  • Labour -5.3 Lost

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Record number of female MPs elected

A record number of female MPs have been elected to the House of Commons following the General Election.

Some 220 women won seats in the 2019 poll - up from 208 two years ago.

Across Surrey, Sussex and Kent, 15 constituencies are now represented by female MPs.

That includes Rosie Duffield in Canterbury, who held on to her seat for Labour with an increased majority.

Other female MPs to hold their seats were Conservatives Maria Caulfield in Lewes and Tracey Crouch in Chatham and Aylesford, and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavilion.

Charlie Elphicke and Natalie Elphicke at the count in Dover
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Natalie Elphicke will take over from her husband Charlie Elphicke in Dover

Among the new female MPs is Natalie Elphicke in Dover.

The wife of the constituency's former Tory MP Charlie Elphicke successfully stood for election in his place - and nearly doubled his majority from 6,437 to 12,278.

In Eastbourne the town's former Conservative MP, Caroline Ansell, took the constituency back from Lib Dem Stephen Lloyd. She had lost the seat to him in 2017.

But nationally, men will still considerably outnumber women - with female MPs representing 34% of the Commons.

Lewes: Conservative hold

Maria Caulfield has been re-elected as the MP for Lewes, with a significantly decreased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Liberal Democrat Oli Henman by 2,457 votes, less than half the majority at the 2017 election.

Kate Chappell of the Labour Party came third and the Green Party's Johnny Denis came fourth.

Voter turnout was up by 0.3 percentage points since the last general election.

Nearly 55,000 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.

Two of the five candidates, Johnny Denis (Green) and Paul Cragg (independent) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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BreakingLEWES RESULT: Conservative hold

Maria Caulfield has held onto her seat, although her majority from 2017 has been cut in half.

Lewes result
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Profile: Lewes

Like its coastal neighbour Eastbourne, this Sussex town will be one of the key battlegrounds between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.

It’s currently in blue hands, with Maria Caulfield taking it from former Coalition minister Norman Baker in 2015, and then holding it in 2017 with a majority of 5,508.

It’s tenth on the Lib Dems list of target seats, and the party’s candidate Oli Henman will be hoping to cash in on pro-European feeling, with Lewes voting 52.9% remain in 2016.

Maria Caulfield is a Brexiteer, who resigned her party role as vice-chair for women over Theresa May’s Chequers proposal.

Maria Caulfield
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Maria Caulfield is a Brexiteer

'Close fight' expected in Lewes

Charlotte Wright

Reporter, BBC South East

Lewes count
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The Conservatives here in Lewes have said they are feeling “comfortable not confident”.

They tell me so far it looks like the Conservatives have held their own in areas where they weren’t expecting to do as well.

Labour have said that from the looks of things so far it will be a Tory hold - but the Lib Dems tell me they think it will be much closer than is being predicted.