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After 650 of 650 seats

Luton North

Parliamentary constituency
LAB HOLD LAB HOLD

Results

General Election 2017 results
Party Votes % Net percentage change in seats
Party

LAB

Labour

Kelvin Hopkins Votes 29,765 header_vote_share 63.8 Net percentage change in seats +11.6
Party

CON

Conservative

Caroline Kerswell Votes 15,401 header_vote_share 33.0 Net percentage change in seats +3.1
Party

LD

Liberal Democrat

Rabi Martins Votes 808 header_vote_share 1.7 Net percentage change in seats -1.3
Party

GRN

Green Party

Simon Hall Votes 648 header_vote_share 1.4 Net percentage change in seats -0.9

Turnout and LAB majority

LAB majority

14,364

Turnout

71.0%

Vote share

Party %
Labour 63.8
Conservative 33.0
Liberal Democrat 1.7
Green Party 1.4

Vote share change since 2015

−%
+%
Labour
+11.6
Conservative
+3.1
Green Party
-0.9
Liberal Democrat
-1.3

Latest updates

Labour suspends MP over incident at University of Essex

The Labour Party has suspended a Bedfordshire MP after a party activist alleged he touched her inappropriately and sent her a suggestive text, following an event at the University of Essex.

Kelvin Hopkins
UK Parliament

Ava Etemadzadeh told the BBC that she made a complaint about the incident two years ago, alleged to have involved Kelvin Hopkins, the MP for Luton North.

The party has not given any details of the claims, but Mr Hopkins has had the whip withdrawn while an investigation takes place.

A party spokesman said Labour "takes all such complaints extremely seriously and has robust procedures in place".

Proposals to change parliamentary constituency boundaries

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Analysis of proposals to re-draw the map of parliamentary constituencies, suggests the Conservatives could have won an overall majority, if the plans had been in place for the election in June.

The proposals are being published today by the Boundary Commission and are designed to even out the numbers of voters in each seat, if the number of MPs is reduced from 650 to 600.

Polling station sign
BBC

In Beds, Herts and Bucks the plans include changing the name of the North East Hertfordshire seat to Letchworth & Royston, and incorporating Houghton Regis into Luton North.

People can comment on the plans on the Boundary Commission's website until 11 December.

Final recommendations will go before MPs in September and could be in use for a general election in 2022.

General election: What happened in 1974?

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Labour MP for Luton North, Kelvin Hopkins, told us this morning he was expecting another election - "rather like 1974".

But what actually happened in that year? Well - two elections, obviously!

Ted Heath in February 1974
PA

In what sounds quite a familiar situation, Conservative prime minister Edward Heath's decision to call a snap election in February 1974 backfired.

His plea to the electors to "return a strong government with a firm mandate" was ignored as Britain was faced with its first hung parliament since 1929.

Although Labour won fewer votes than the Conservatives, the party took four more seats, 301 against 297. After four days which saw Heath unable to convince the Liberals to lend him their support he had no choice but to resign.

Labour leader Harold Wilson was back in Downing Street for a third time, but now had to deal with a minority administration which could fall at any time.

The second election in October again saw Labour leader Harold Wilson win - but he only succeeded in turning his minority government into a tiny three-seat majority.

Labour MP 'expects another election soon'

Jonathan Vernon-Smith

BBC Three Counties Radio

The newly re-elected Labour MP for Luton North, Kelvin Hopkins, has also told the BBC he expects another general election soon, and that the Labour Party was a "government in waiting".

He said: "There's obviously got to be an election again within a reasonable amount of time, rather like 1974, and on that occasion I would expect and hope that Labour would win and start to rebuild the civilised society that we've been progressively destroying [over] the last 20-30 years."

Kelvin Hopkins
Labour Party

Theresa May, should she stay or go? Local politicians speak out

Jonathan Vernon-Smith

BBC Three Counties Radio

Former chancellor George Osborne has called her a "dead woman walking" and on my show this morning I've been asking, "do you think Theresa May should stay or should she go?"

Theresa May
PA

Pollsters originally said the general election result would be a Conservative landslide, but in the wake of a hung parliament Jeremy Corbyn called on Theresa May to quit as prime minister. Well, Theresa May has not stood down - she's formed a new cabinet - and she's told the BBC she intends to see out her full time as PM.

The rather aptly-named Richard Stay, a Conservative councillor in Central Bedfordshire, said he didn't think he or any other commentator would regard the Conservative election campaign as anything other than "a bit of an omnishambles", but Theresa May did win 43% of the vote.

"She has got by far the largest number of members of Parliament... what we need now is stability. I am firmly of the view that Theresa May should remain in position and see us through Brexit, because she is by far and away the most qualified individual to take up through that period."

Kelvin Hopkins, the Labour MP for Luton North, said "we want someone who commands more confidence not just amongst the Conservative party but amongst the electorate as a whole", and wanted to see Jeremy Corbyn in 10 Downing Street.

"I think he had a stunning result, even if we didn't win the election," he said.

"I think he would be a superb prime minister and I look forward to that happening."

What happened to Labour overnight in Bedfordshire?

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Labour increased its share of the vote across many parts of Bedfordshire and its leader Jeremy Corbyn is now calling for the party to form a minority administration.

Labour's Gavin Shuker held Luton South with an 18.2% boost to his support giving him an overall 62.4% share of the vote, while Dean Russell increase the Tory share by 1.6% both at the cost of UKIP and other minority parties.

In Luton North Kelvin Hopkins also saw a rise of 11.6% in his vote to give an overall showing of 63.8% while Caroline Kerswell boosted the Conservatives by 3.1%. Both benefited from UKIP not fielding a candidate.

Bedfordshire South West is safe territory for the Conservatives with Andrew Selous polling 59.2% of the vote with a 4.3% boost. Labour's Daniel Scott put up a good fight, increasing his share by 13.5% in a constituency where UKIP was again absent.

In Mid-Bedfordshire Nadine Dorries was triumphant with a 5.6% increase in her vote to give her a 61.7% share. Labour were left trailing despite a 12.6% boost, again with no UKIP candidate to upset them.

LAB HOLD

Results

Labour
, with candidate Kelvin Hopkins
, have the following results:
  • 22,243 total votes taken.
  • 52.2% share of the total vote
  • +3.0% change in share of the votes
Conservative
, with candidate Dean Russell
, have the following results:
  • 12,739 total votes taken.
  • 29.9% share of the total vote
  • -1.9% change in share of the votes
UKIP
, with candidate Allan White
, have the following results:
  • 5,318 total votes taken.
  • 12.5% share of the total vote
  • +8.9% change in share of the votes
Liberal Democrat
, with candidate Aroosa Ulzaman
, have the following results:
  • 1,299 total votes taken.
  • 3.1% share of the total vote
  • -8.1% change in share of the votes
Green Party
, with candidate Sofiya Ahmed
, have the following results:
  • 972 total votes taken.
  • 2.3% share of the total vote
  • +1.1% change in share of the votes

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