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

Hertfordshire North East

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Oliver Heald
    • Votes: 31,293
    • Vote share %: 56.6
    • Vote share change: -2.1
  2. Labour
    Kelley Green
    • Votes: 13,104
    • Vote share %: 23.7
    • Vote share change: -4.7
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Amy Finch
    • Votes: 8,563
    • Vote share %: 15.5
    • Vote share change: +7.8
  4. Green
    Tim Lee
    • Votes: 2,367
    • Vote share %: 4.3
    • Vote share change: -1.1

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 18,189
  • Registered voters: 76,123
  • % share:
    72.7%
  • Change since 2017: -0.5

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 56.6%
Labour 23.7%
Liberal Democrat 15.5%
Green 4.3%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Liberal Democrat +7.8 Gained
  • Green -1.1 Lost
  • Conservative -2.1 Lost
  • Labour -4.7 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. .

Hertfordshire North East: Conservative hold

Oliver Heald has been re-elected as the MP for Hertfordshire North East, with an increased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Labour's Kelley Green by 18,189 votes, 1,354 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election.

Amy Finch of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Tim Lee came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 0.5 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 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.

One of the four candidates, Tim Lee (Green) lost his £500 deposit after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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BreakingNorth East Hertfordshire: Conservative hold

Conservative Oliver Heald has held the North East Hertfordshire seat.

East MPs among Brexit vote rebels

A number of MPs in the east of England were among 11 Tory rebels who voted against the government, defeating a key Brexit vote.

The backbench revolt in the Commons last night resulted in the first significant defeat for Theresa May's Brexit legislation.

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Eleven Conservatives - including South Cambridgeshire's Heidi Allen, Huntingdon's Jonathan Djanogly, Beaconsfield MP Dominic Grieve and North East Hertfordshire's Sir Oliver Heald - chose to side with Labour in demanding that MPs be given a vote on any Brexit deal before it is finalised.

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.

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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.

Students celebrate GCSE results

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

GCSE passes have dropped slightly across the range of subjects with some dramatic changes in new, tougher exams sat for the first time in England.

Overall in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, passes (grades C/4 and above) dropped 0.6 percentage points to 66.3%.

In England, the English literature pass-rate fell 2.5 percentage points to 72%, but in maths it rose from 61.5% to 68.9%. Both are the new, tougher exams.

It's been a good day, for Level 2 HSC student Sinead at North Herts College, she says she's had ''the best year of her life'' after passing her English GCSE and has now secured a job as a care assistant.

Sinead GCSE student
North Herts College

Support for Conservatives increases in safe territory

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Many parts of Hertfordshire represent "safe Tory territory" and sitting MPs were able to consolidate their support in spite of big swings to Labour.

Conservative Oliver Heald boosted his share of the vote in Hertfordshire North East by 3.3% to take a 58.6% share with Labour's Doug Swanney trailing on 28.3%. UKIP again failed to field a candidate.

Mike Penning held Hemel Hempstead for the Tories witha 9,445 majority and 55% of the vote, a 2.1% boost, with Labour's Mandi Tattershall increasing her share by 13.1% to take 36.9%.

In Hertsmere Conservative Oliver Dowden took a 61.1% share following a marginal 1.8% increase with Fiona Smith for Labour on 28.7% and UKIP's David Hoy losing 9.7% of his party's vote share.

David Gauke in Hertfordshire South West won 57.9% of the vote share for the Tories with Rob Wakely boosting Labour's share by 9.4%, exactly the amount lost by UKIP.