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

Penistone & Stocksbridge

Parliamentary constituency



  1. Conservative
    Miriam Cates
    • Votes: 23,688
    • Vote share %: 47.8
    • Vote share change: +4.7
  2. Labour
    Francyne Johnson
    • Votes: 16,478
    • Vote share %: 33.3
    • Vote share change: -12.5
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Hannah Kitching
    • Votes: 5,054
    • Vote share %: 10.2
    • Vote share change: +6.1
  4. The Brexit Party
    John Booker
    • Votes: 4,300
    • Vote share %: 8.7
    • Vote share change: +8.7

Change compared with 2017


  • CON majority: 7,210
  • Registered voters: 70,925
  • % share:
  • Change since 2017: +0.0

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 47.8%
Labour 33.3%
Liberal Democrat 10.2%
The Brexit Party 8.7%

Vote share change since 2017

  • The Brexit Party +8.7 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat +6.1 Gained
  • Conservative +4.7 Gained
  • Labour -12.5 Lost

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MP defends prime minister's plans to reopen country

A South Yorkshire MP has said "there's nothing worse than false hope" following the prime minister's announcement about how he hopes to lift England's coronavirus lockdown.

Miriam Cates and Boris Johnson in September 2019
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Mr Johnson said in an address to the nation yesterday evening that some people would be allowed to go back to work if they couldn't work from home, as well as giving provisional dates for some children to go back to school.

Miriam Cates (pictured above with Boris Johnson), the Conservative MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, said Boris Johnson's "road map" couldn't give details "where we haven't got certainty".

Ms Cates has hit back at criticism of the prime minister's plans, saying: "There's nothing worse than false hope and that's the whole point of this road map.

"It lays out what may be possible, but we're still not sure what and when because every time we change a measure, we have two to three weeks to look at the effects on the data and the effects on the infection rate. Nobody can predict that - that is a scientific unknown," she said.

The prime minister is set to give a statement to Parliament at 15:30 to give further details of the plan to ease the lockdown.

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire: The winners and losers

With the full results now in from across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, the big winner in the region is the Conservative party, just as it has been across the country.

PA/Hannah McKay

In total, Boris Johnson's party has gained 10 seats in the region from Labour.

They are:

  • Colne Valley
  • Dewsbury
  • Don Valley
  • Great Grimsby
  • Keighley
  • Penistone and Stocksbridge
  • Rother Valley
  • Scunthorpe
  • Wakefield
  • Lincoln

Analysis: Friday 13th is day Labour will never forget

James Vincent

Political Editor BBC Look North

The ballot boxes and tables have been put away at the Leeds Arena ready for tonight’s gig, a nostalgic night called We Love the Nineties.

Labour rosette

Yorkshire Labour supporters might be forgiven for desperately hoping they could go back to victories like 1997.

Saying Labour did badly here doesn’t really cut it. People in parts of Rotherham and Doncaster now have a Conservative MP for the first time in their constituency’s history.

The West Yorkshire seats we talk about being an indication of the national election picture were always going to be tough. Four of them went.

But further south, three more communities kicked Labour out.

Rother Valley is made of former mining villages. It’s been Labour since 1918.

Don Valley surrounds the town where railway workers created the Labour movement.

Half of Penistone and Stocksbridge only exists because it was formed around the steelworks.

These are Labour areas. But not anymore.

This Brexit election turned things around. The view here on the Labour leadership also made the party feel less connected to its roots.

The 12 December election returned results on a Friday the 13th the party will never forget.

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire: Winners and losers

All 61 results are now in from across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and the big winner locally is the Conservative party, just as it has been across the country.

A Conservative rosette
Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Media

In total, Boris Johnson's party has gained ten seats in the region from Labour.

They are:

  • Colne Valley
  • Dewsbury
  • Don Valley
  • Great Grimsby
  • Keighley
  • Penistone and Stocksbridge
  • Rother Valley
  • Scunthorpe
  • Wakefield
  • Lincoln

A number of ousted Labour candidates, including Caroline Flint and Mary Creagh, blamed the party's failure to listen to people's views on Brexit for their demise.

'Ambition' swung the vote, winning candidate says

Penistone and Stocksbridge's newly elected Conservative MP says she won her seat because of her "ambition".

Miriam Cates

Miriam Cates has said she's "excited, honoured and humbled" to be an MP.

Speaking to the BBC, she said: "Having a candidate like me and a party like the Conservatives that do have ambition for the North, that do want to level up our northern towns - that's what's swung it for people I think."

Penistone & Stocksbridge: Conservative gain

Miriam Cates has been elected as the MP for Penistone & Stocksbridge, beating Labour's Francyne Johnson by 7,210 votes.

The Conservative Party overturned a 1,322 vote majority to take the seat.

Hannah Kitching of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Brexit Party's John Booker came fourth.

Angela Smith, the former Labour MP for Penistone & Stocksbridge, resigned from the party in February, helping to form Change UK.

Ms Smith left to join the Liberal Democrats in September, running as a candidate in Altrincham and Sale West in the general election. She finished third.

Voter turnout in Penistone & Stocksbridge was the same as the last general election.

Nearly 50,000 people, 69.8% of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.

All four candidates keep their deposits, after receiving more than 5% of the votes.

This story was created using some automation.

BreakingPenistone and Stocksbridge: Conservative win

Conservative candidate Miriam Cates has been elected as MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge - taking the seat from Labour.

Red alert? South Yorkshire in focus

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The interesting thing about the election in the South Yorkshire this year is that it could be, well, interesting.

It's not usually an area that attracts much media attention.

When Nick Clegg (pictured below) lost his Lib Dem seat in Sheffield Hallam to Labour in 2017 it was the biggest shake-up to the electoral landscape for two decades - when the Lib Dems first won the seat from the Tories in 1997.

But, this year it's different.

Nick Clegg
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Labour's been losing its grip on its traditional heartlands.

In Penistone and Stocksbridge, where the MP Angela Smith jumped to Change UK and then the Lib Dems, the Tories are now ready to pounce.

In the former mining areas of Rother Valley and Don Valley, which voted overwhelmingly for Brexit, Labour’s once huge majority is now reduced to a few thousand.

The unthinkable has started to happen, ex-miners and lifelong Labour supporters have been prepared to put their cross in a Conservative box.

But there's now a new(ish) kid on the block - The Brexit Party with Nigel Farage at the helm.

Seen as a straight-talking man of the people, he’s popular among South Yorkshire’s working classes and his party is seen, by many, as a more palatable alternative to the Tories.

So the critical question is: where will the Brexit voters turn? Will the Farage effect be enough to gain seats in places like Barnsley? Or could it split the vote, and actually do Labour a favour?