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Somerset North EastParliamentary constituency
- Votes: 28,360
- Vote share %: 50.4
- Vote share change: -3.3
- Votes: 13,631
- Vote share %: 24.2
- Vote share change: -10.5
Liberal DemocratNick Coates
- Votes: 12,422
- Vote share %: 22.1
- Vote share change: +13.8
- Votes: 1,423
- Vote share %: 2.5
- Vote share change: +0.2
- Votes: 472
- Vote share %: 0.8
- Vote share change: -0.2
Change compared with 2017
- CON majority: 14,729
- Registered voters: 73,665
- Change since 2017: +0.7
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North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said MPs should return to the Commons to vote in person in the next few weeks.
Speaking to BBC Somerset, Mr Rees-Mogg argued the move would "set an example" to the rest of the country.
The Commons leader was speaking after MPs made history by voting remotely for the first time.
Social distancing rules mean there can only be around 50 MPs in the Commons chamber at a time.
He won in North East Somerset - but he didn't seem keen to give any interviews afterwards.
He was pursued out of the count by BBC Points West, Radio Bristol and others but didn't answer any questions.
Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has been re-elected as the MP for Somerset North East, with an increased majority.
The Conservative candidate beat Labour's Mark Huband by 14,729 votes, 4,494 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election.
Nick Coates of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Fay Whitfield came fourth.
Voter turnout was up by 0.7 percentage points since the last general election.
More than 56,000 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, Fay Whitfield (Green) and Shaun Hughes (independent) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.
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Jacob Rees-Mogg has been re-elected as the Conservative MP for North East Somerset with 28,360 votes.
Mark Huband (Labour) got 13,631, Nick Coates (Liberal Democrat) 12,422 Fay Whitfield (Green) 1,423 and Shaun Hughes (Independent) 472
Jacob Rees-Mogg has arrived at the North East Somerset count with his wife Helena and son Peter,12.
He has said he will talk on the podium and answer a few questions later.
He says he is not "counting any chickens or any other cliches" as to his result.
BBC Radio Bristol
Jacob Rees-Mogg has arrived at the count for North East Somerset and brought snacks for those taking part.
He's brought sandwiches and mince pies. In the last election he brought tongue sandwiches - it's not clear what's on offer this time.
In the last election in 2017 one of the weirdest moments was when Jacob Rees-Mogg arrived at the count fully stocked up with sandwiches, all tidily packed up in plastic boxes.
And what delights were within? Turkey, egg and cress - and tongue.
"I didn't make them myself," he said, without telling reporters who did.
We'll be asking our crews on the ground to keep an eye out for any unusual delicacies at this year's count in North East Somerset.