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

Romsey & Southampton North

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Caroline Nokes
    • Votes: 27,862
    • Vote share %: 54.2
    • Vote share change: -3.0
  2. Liberal Democrat
    Craig Fletcher
    • Votes: 16,990
    • Vote share %: 33.1
    • Vote share change: +11.9
  3. Labour
    Claire Ransom
    • Votes: 5,898
    • Vote share %: 11.5
    • Vote share change: -7.7
  4. UKIP
    Geoff Bentley
    • Votes: 640
    • Vote share %: 1.2
    • Vote share change: +1.2

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 10,872
  • Registered voters: 68,228
  • % share:
    75.3%
  • Change since 2017: +0.7

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 54.2%
Liberal Democrat 33.1%
Labour 11.5%
UKIP 1.2%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Liberal Democrat +11.9 Gained
  • UKIP +1.2 Gained
  • Conservative -3.0 Lost
  • Labour -7.7 Lost

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Romsey & Southampton North: Conservative hold

Caroline Nokes has been re-elected as the MP for Romsey & Southampton North, with a decreased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Liberal Democrat Craig Fletcher by 10,872 votes, 7,174 votes less than the majority at the 2017 election.

Claire Ransom of the Labour Party came third and UKIP's Geoff Bentley came fourth.

Voter turnout was up by 0.7 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 51,000 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, Geoff Bentley (UKIP) lost his £500 deposit after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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BreakingConservatives hold Romsey and Southampton North

Caroline Nokes holds Romsey and Southampton North for the Conservatives.

A hair's breadth

Tammy Cosens
BBC

Election battleground: Southampton

One of Southampton’s three constituencies was balanced on a knife-edge in 2017. If people who rarely vote come out in force, the result could change.

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Which party is going to invest in more police on the streets?

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

We've been out in Southampton today listening to what people want from the general election.

Terry Callen, 81, from Totton, asked: "Which party is going to invest in more police on the streets?"

Terry Callen
BBC

While the full manifestos are yet to be revealed, the BBC's policy guide has some of the headline pledges.

  • Conservatives: 20,000 more police officers for England and Wales over the next three years
  • Labour: Recruit extra police officers and prioritise neighbourhood policing
  • Liberal Democrats: More investment in community policing

The Independent Group for Change, The Green party, The Brexit Party and UKIP have not yet announced policies in this area but the policy pages will be updated when they do.

You can use Your Questions Answered to ask what you want to know.

What do people in the city want to know?

We've been on Above Bar in Southampton city centre to ask people what they want to know ahead of the election on December 12.

People can also ask questions online and we will do our best to answer them.

Your Questions Answered: Southampton

Campervan chat dominated by tuition fees

The Newsbeat campervan in Southampton
BBC

The Radio 1 Newsbeat election camper van is also in Southampton today - a city that has almost 40,000 students spread across two universities.

Newsbeat parked up outside a student house and invited its residents in for a cuppa and a chat about the issues that matter to them in this election.

Top of the list was tuition fees.

Sophie Wales, 22, says that if any of the parties committed to scrapping tuition fees entirely in their 2019 manifestos that would definitely sway her vote.

Kenny Field, 20, says he thinks the current system of paying your student loan back after you graduate and start earning over a certain amount is “not a bad system” but “scrapping them all together would be better because “further and higher education should be open and accessible to all”.

He thinks maintenance grants would be a better system to help ensure that everyone could afford all aspects of student life, not just the fees. “One of my flatmates who studies nursing had to do placements on her course and got no extra help financially for that - she was in a really tough situation having to work extra shifts to put herself through uni.”

Newsbeat's Steffan Powell interviews Sophie Wales
BBC

When asked if students across the UK have forgiven the Liberal Democrats for breaking their 2010 election pledge to oppose any rise in tuition fees, Tristan Fancourt, 21, says; “There is still a lot of anger there. It still impacts us right now as we’re having to pay those high tuition fees.

“I think a lot of the anger now isn’t that we are having to pay for our tuition but that there seems to be such a high level interest on student loans - that just compounds the problem meaning we have to pay back more. It’s almost like we’re being punished for taking the loans because we couldn’t pay our fees.”

He says that while it’s not the deciding issue for him, he will take it into account when deciding who to vote for.

When asked if they thought students, rather than the rest of the population, should have to stump up the cash because ultimately they are the ones getting the benefit of their education? Sophie agreed but says she worries that it “could be a disincentive” for students who fear not being able to afford it in the long run. “As Kenny said - education should be an opportunity for everyone.”

Economy drives changing face of Southampton

Dan Kerins

Digital Editor, BBC South

The medieveal Arundel Tower and the WestQuay South development
BBC
New and old jostle for position in Southampton

Like many cities in the country, Southampton has had to come to terms with a very different economy over the last few decades.

As major industrial employers such as Ford, Pirelli and Vosper Thornycroft have left the city, Southampton has attempted to pivot.

The WestQuay shopping centre opened in 2000 on reclaimed land where the Pirelli factory previously stood and in 2016 an mammoth extension opened opposite part of the medieval walls.

The old Vospers' site is currently having flats built on it, overlooking Southampton Water and the River Itchen.

View of western Southampton from the Itchen Bridge
Stuart Martin/BBC

In an attempt to attract more jobs which aren't in the service and retail industry (or again allow developers to build more flats), the city council made moves to attract new industry to the site of the old Ford Transit factory in Swaythling, on the northern edge of the city.

Now new offices are being built in the hope of bringing start-ups and companies looking to relocate away from London - the formation of the cultural quarter and a the building of a new arts centre was all done to round out Southampton's appeal.

Southampton's arts centre overlooking Guildhall Square
BBC

Carnival Cruises have their UK headquarters adjacent to the port, challenger bank Starling has set up offices in the city and a new office development planned for the Toys R' Us site is pitched as trying to encourage graduates to stay in the city and create start-up businesses - instead of building another massive shop.

With industry no longer what it was and retail beginning to struggle, perhaps we are seeing the start of the next stage in Southampton's evolution.

Southampton entrepreneurs on election hopes

Budding entrepreneurs at the University of Southampton's Future Worlds business “incubator” have been talking to BBC News about their hopes for the forthcoming election.

Future Worlds
BBC

Emily, who made an app to match and swap "pre-loved" clothes, said: "I want a government that puts sustainability at the heart of business – it would be awesome to see a tax of fast fashion to help tackle this huge mountain of clothing waste."

Future Worlds
BBC

Josh, who is developing a business to improve the fit of prosthetic limbs, said: "What’s really important to us is continued access to EU funding going forward and for start-ups to attract the best talent from across the world so we can create global scalable businesses and we don’t have those trade barriers."

Ben Clark
BBC

The centre's director, Ben Clark said: There are tax incentives that encourage people to invest in start-ups, I’d like to see those extended.It encourages the flow of capital into these high-risk ventures."