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

Rochester & Strood

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Kelly Tolhurst
    • Votes: 31,151
    • Vote share %: 60.0
    • Vote share change: +5.6
  2. Labour
    Teresa Murray
    • Votes: 14,079
    • Vote share %: 27.1
    • Vote share change: -8.9
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Graham Colley
    • Votes: 3,717
    • Vote share %: 7.2
    • Vote share change: +4.9
  4. Green
    Sonia Hyner
    • Votes: 1,312
    • Vote share %: 2.5
    • Vote share change: +1.1
  5. UKIP
    Roy Freshwater
    • Votes: 1,080
    • Vote share %: 2.1
    • Vote share change: -3.3
  6. Independent
    Chris Spalding
    • Votes: 587
    • Vote share %: 1.1
    • Vote share change: +1.1

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 17,072
  • Registered voters: 82,056
  • % share:
    63.3%
  • Change since 2017: -1.7

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 60.0%
Labour 27.1%
Liberal Democrat 7.2%
Green 2.5%
UKIP 2.1%
Independent 1.1%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Conservative +5.6 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat +4.9 Gained
  • Green +1.1 Gained
  • Independent +1.1 Gained
  • UKIP -3.3 Lost
  • Labour -8.9 Lost

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Rochester & Strood: Conservative hold

Kelly Tolhurst has been re-elected as the MP for Rochester & Strood, with an increased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Labour's Teresa Murray by 17,072 votes, 7,222 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election.

Graham Colley of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Sonia Hyner came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 1.7 percentage points since the last general election.

Nearly 52,000 people, 63.3% of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.

Three of the six candidates, Sonia Hyner (Green), Roy Freshwater (UKIP) and Chris Spalding (independent) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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BreakingROCHESTER AND STROOD RESULT: Conservative hold

Rochester and Strood result
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Profile: Rochester and Strood

Geographically the largest of the three Medway seats, Rochester and Strood was held by Labour between 1997 and 2010, when Mark Reckless took it back for the Conservatives.

In 2014 it became the second seat in the House of Commons to be held by UKIP when Mr Reckless defected, before being won back for the Conservatives again by Kelly Tolhurst.

During his time as Mayor of London Boris Johnson took a particular interest in part of the constituency, earmarking the Isle of Grain and Hoo Peninsula as the site for his proposed Thames Hub airport, an alternative to the expansion of Heathrow.

As with all the Medway seats, the estimated time of declaration here is 04:00 GMT.

Kelly Tolhurst
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Kelly Tolhurst is the sitting MP

Rochester & Strood: Conservative Hold

Election Graphic
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BreakingConservatives hold Rochester & Strood

Kelly Tolhurst
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It's going to be a long night in Medway

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

Counting is yet to begin in Medway.

Ballot papers are being verified.

Results not expected until at least 06:00 BST.undefined

Medway count
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