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

Ludlow

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Philip Dunne
    • Votes: 32,185
    • Vote share %: 64.1
    • Vote share change: +1.2
  2. Liberal Democrat
    Heather Kidd
    • Votes: 8,537
    • Vote share %: 17.0
    • Vote share change: +6.3
  3. Labour
    Kuldip Sahota
    • Votes: 7,591
    • Vote share %: 15.1
    • Vote share change: -9.2
  4. Green
    Hilary Wendt
    • Votes: 1,912
    • Vote share %: 3.8
    • Vote share change: +1.7

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 23,648
  • Registered voters: 69,442
  • % share:
    72.3%
  • Change since 2017: -1.1

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 64.1%
Liberal Democrat 17.0%
Labour 15.1%
Green 3.8%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Liberal Democrat +6.3 Gained
  • Green +1.7 Gained
  • Conservative +1.2 Gained
  • Labour -9.2 Lost

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Ludlow MP pays tribute to 'biggest majority'

Ludlow Conservative MP Philip Dunne described the outcome as a "historic result" for south Shropshire, after he won a majority of 23,648, an increase of more than 4,000.

Philip Dunne
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He claimed 64.1% share of the vote in an area that had had a leave vote of 57.9%.

"We've got the largest number of people voting Conservative ever, got the biggest majority ever and I think that's a huge tribute both to my team in getting, encouraging people out to vote, but also to the residents of south Shropshire.

"[They have] voted very decisively... to make it crystal clear that they want the government to deliver on the referendum result.

"I've spent time across the border in Wales and we've had a number of... historic wins in Wales taking seats that we've not held before and also in the West Midlands.

"I think it bodes very well for... doing [things]... that the prime minister intends to do and then getting on with the people's priorities of trying to make sure that our health service continues to improve. We've got this record investment in acute care in Shropshire, in Shrewsbury and Telford, and we need to get on with that now."

Ludlow: Conservative hold

Philip Dunne has been re-elected as the MP for Ludlow, with an increased majority.

The Conservative MP beat Liberal Democrat Heather Kidd by 23,648 votes, 4,362 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election.

Kuldip Sahota of the Labour Party came third and the Green Party's Hilary Wendt came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 1.1 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 50,000 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.

One of the four candidates, Ms Wendt lost her £500 deposit after failing to win 5% of the vote.

This story was created using some automation.

BreakingResult: Conservatives hold Ludlow

Philip Dunne has been re-elected as the Conservative MP for Ludlow with a majority of 23,648 votes.

The Conservatives have held the seat since 2005, when Mr Dunne was first elected.

However he recently came under fire when he told his Labour rival at a debate he was "talking through his turban".

General election 2019, Your questions answered: Healthcare

We've been asking you for your questions for candidates, with the election drawing near.

Alice Leiper from Bridgnorth wanted to know: "What will Ludlow candidates do to protect constituents' healthcare needs, including neighbouring A&E services and ambulance response times?"

A&E ward
SATH / BBC

Speaking about the move to base emergency hospital services in Shrewsbury, the Conservative candidate Philip Dunne said: "I championed the needs of South Shropshire healthcare in helping to secure £312m for the county’s acute healthcare" and that it was necessary because, "local clinicians have confirmed the current system is unsustainable".

He also said he had regular conversations with the chief executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service to make sure south Shropshire is well served.

The Labour candidate, Kuldip Sahota said his party would increase the number of training places for GPs and make better use of the community hospitals in Ludlow, Bishop's Castle and Bridgnorth.

"All acute hospitals serving the Ludlow constituency will gain from Labour’s overall increase in expenditure across the health sector by an average of 4.3% a year," he said.

Ambulance
WMAS / BBC

Heather Kidd, the Liberal Democrat candidate said: "We need to deliver A&E at Shrewsbury as a matter of priority" and at the same time, "transport must be improved to allow easy access to both sites".

She also said West Midlands Ambulance Service needed "improved funding", but believed improved A&E facilities would improve turnaround times and make it easier for ambulances to get out on their next job.

Hilary Wendt for the Green Party said she would "continue to fight to keep full services at both our A&Es in Shrewsbury and Telford." after consulting local people on their needs.

She also said the Greens would look to help people live healthier lifestyles through things like tackling air pollution and getting people cycling more, while also promising her party would spend an extra £6bn a year on the NHS.

Police to investigate candidate's 'turban' remark

Police say they are investigating a comment by the Conservative candidate for Ludlow as a possible "hate incident".

Philip Dunne has been criticised for telling Labour candidate Kuldip Sahota he was "talking through his turban" at a hustings debate in Church Stretton this week.

West Mercia Police said it was responding to a complaint made by several people.

Philip Dunne and Kuldip Sahota
BBC

Mr Dunne has since apologised for the remark, but Mr Sahota said, "to insult my turban is to insult my faith. This is extremely insulting to the Sikh community".

Mr Dunne has been the MP for the constituency since 2005 and is defending a majority of 19,286.

Anger over 'talking through his turban' remark

There are calls for the Conservative candidate for Ludlow, Philip Dunne, to be suspended from the party over comments which opponents described as "racist" at a hustings event in Church Stretton last night.

Mr Dunne told the Labour candidate Kuldip Sahota he was "talking through his turban".

Philip Dunne
BBC

Mr Sahota said he was insulted and offended by the comment made and is understood to have raised his concerns publicly from the stage.

Labour's Tan Dhesi, who was the first turban wearing Sikh MP, described it as a "disgusting, racist remark" and called for Mr Dunne to be suspended from the Conservative party.

I apologised to Kuldip Sahota for my comments last night. I apologise again unreservedly for the offence caused.”

Philip DunneConservative candidate for Ludlow

The Liberal Democrat candidate Heather Kidd said it was "utterly unacceptable" adding that Mr Dunne should made a public apology.

The other candidate standing in the Ludlow constituency is the Green Party's Hilary Wendt.

Surprise at loss of front-bench role

The prime minister's decision to drop the Ludlow MP Philip Dunne from government has been greeted with "dismay and astonishment" by the deputy leader of his constituency group, David Turner.

Mr Dunne lost his job at the department of health in Theresa May's latest reshuffle, after nine years on the government front bench.

Philip Dunne
BBC

Mr Turner said he hadn't seen the move coming, and that his MP had done a "sterling job".

I don't really want to get into my perception of what's inside the prime minister's mind on this. All I would say is that I'm firmly of the belief that in all walks of life, you should select your team on the basis of ability."

David TurnerDeputy Leader of Ludlow Conservatives