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

Rother Valley

Parliamentary constituency



  1. Conservative
    Alexander Stafford
    • Votes: 21,970
    • Vote share %: 45.1
    • Vote share change: +4.8
  2. Labour
    Sophie Wilson
    • Votes: 15,652
    • Vote share %: 32.1
    • Vote share change: -16.0
  3. The Brexit Party
    Allen Cowles
    • Votes: 6,264
    • Vote share %: 12.9
    • Vote share change: +12.9
  4. Liberal Democrat
    Colin Taylor
    • Votes: 2,553
    • Vote share %: 5.2
    • Vote share change: +2.9
  5. Green
    Emily West
    • Votes: 1,219
    • Vote share %: 2.5
    • Vote share change: +0.7
  6. Independent
    Nigel Short
    • Votes: 1,040
    • Vote share %: 2.1
    • Vote share change: +2.1

Change compared with 2017


  • CON majority: 6,318
  • Registered voters: 74,802
  • % share:
  • Change since 2017: -0.7

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 45.1%
Labour 32.1%
The Brexit Party 12.9%
Liberal Democrat 5.2%
Green 2.5%
Independent 2.1%

Vote share change since 2017

  • The Brexit Party +12.9 Gained
  • Conservative +4.8 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat +2.9 Gained
  • Independent +2.1 Gained
  • Green +0.7 Gained
  • Labour -16.0 Lost

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MP launches coronavirus 'hero' awards

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A Yorkshire MP has called on people to nominate candidates for the newly-launched Rother Valley Hero Awards.

Nominations graphic
Conservative Party

The awards aim to recognise those "going above and beyond to help others" during the coronavirus pandemic, for example by making PPE, delivering food, donating time or money, or even keeping community spirits alive.

Alexander Stafford, Conservative MP for Rother Valley, says he wants constituents across the area to nominate anyone who has been a "beacon of hope during these dark times so they receive the recognition they deserve".

Mr Stafford said: “We know times have been tough for the people of Rother Valley during this crisis and that everybody has made sacrifices.

“It's only right to show our gratitude to those silent heroes who are going the extra mile for our elderly, needy, and medically vulnerable," he added.

You can put forward your nomination by clicking this link.

Yorkshire MPs on life working from home

James Vincent

Political Editor BBC Look North

As many of us ditch the office and instead work from home, MPs across Yorkshire are doing the same.

Holly Lynch
Holly Lynch

Halifax Labour MP Holly Lynch (pictured above) says she has a team logging on to help constituents despite all of them being at home.

She said: "My team and I have been trying to deal with as many phone calls and emails from constituents, trying to answer questions.

"We held things like the Home Affairs Select Committee via Skype, connecting with other MPs.

Rother Valley Conservative MP Alexander Stafford (pictured below) has been working from his kitchen table and says he's been getting up to 500 emails a day about coronavirus.

He said he's setting up a regular call for his constituencies where they can chat, not necessarily about politics, and have a cup a tea together to beat isolation.

Alexander Stafford
Alexander Stafford

MP calls on government to stop 'disgusting' profiteers

A South Yorkshire Conservative MP is calling on the government to ban black market sellers profiting from the coronavirus outbreak.

MPs letter
Alexander Stafford MP

Alexander Stafford, MP for the Rother Valley, says he's written to the prime minister asking him to introduce emergency legislation after constituents told him black marketeers are clearing shop stocks and selling goods on at increased prices.

Mr Stafford says: "A lot of people have told me they can't get supplies of hand sanitiser, toilet rolls, baby formula, thermometers and even tinned food and a lot of people can't afford to pay these vastly inflated prices.

"It's not fair. It's people profiting from other people's misery," he added.

The MP is urging the prime minister to amend competition law to stop what he described as "disgusting profiteering".

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

Rother Valley: 'Work starts now' says first Tory MP

Rother Valley's first Conservative MP has said it's a "great and absolute honour" to take his seat at Westminster.

Alexander Stafford won the seat from Labour by a majority of 6,318.

Speaking after his win, Mr Stafford said his victory was "momentous" but "the hard work starts now".

"For too long, the voices and votes of the people of Rother Valley have been ignored," he said.

"I promise as your first Conservative MP to never neglect you, to always listen to your voice and to always do what's right. You will not be ignored."

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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.

Rother Valley: Conservative gain

Alexander Stafford has been elected as the MP for Rother Valley, beating Labour's Sophie Wilson by 6,318 votes.

The Conservative Party overturned a 3,882 vote majority to take the formerly Labour-held seat.

Allen Cowles of the Brexit Party came third and Liberal Democrat Colin Taylor came fourth.

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

Nearly 49,000 people, roughly two-thirds 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 six candidates, Emily West (Green) and Nigel Short (independent) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

This story was created using some automation.

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