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

Rushcliffe

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Ruth Edwards
    • Votes: 28,765
    • Vote share %: 47.5
    • Vote share change: -4.3
  2. Labour
    Cheryl Pidgeon
    • Votes: 21,122
    • Vote share %: 34.9
    • Vote share change: -3.2
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Jason Billin
    • Votes: 9,600
    • Vote share %: 15.9
    • Vote share change: +11.1
  4. UKIP
    Matthew Faithfull
    • Votes: 591
    • Vote share %: 1.0
    • Vote share change: -1.6
  5. Independent
    John Kirby
    • Votes: 427
    • Vote share %: 0.7
    • Vote share change: +0.7

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 7,643
  • Registered voters: 77,055
  • % share:
    78.5%
  • Change since 2017: +0.5

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 47.5%
Labour 34.9%
Liberal Democrat 15.9%
UKIP 1.0%
Independent 0.7%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Liberal Democrat +11.1 Gained
  • Independent +0.7 Gained
  • UKIP -1.6 Lost
  • Labour -3.2 Lost
  • Conservative -4.3 Lost

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Consultation on scrapping of borough council

Kit Sandeman

Local Democracy Reporter

People living in Rushcliffe are to be asked whether they want to see their local council scrapped.

The Conservative-controlled Rushcliffe Borough Council is set to approve a £60,000 plan to run a detailed consultation.

The county council, which is also Conservative-controlled, favours a plan which would see all borough and district councils in Nottinghamshire scrapped, and replaced with one council for the whole county but not the city.

They say it could save millions every year, and would improve services, but critics fear it could erode local decision-making.

Rushcliffe Arena
Rushcliffe Borough Council

Rushcliffe's move comes after a similar survey in Gedling, which found an overwhelming majority of residents wanted to keep Gedling Borough Council in its current form.

A government plan is anticipated in the coming weeks, and is widely expected to make it easier for councils to reorganise council areas.

Councillor Simon Robinson, leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council, said: "It's important as a proactive high performing district council Rushcliffe positively play any part in shaping the new future of local government."

A report on the consultation will be considered by councillors on 8 September.

Ken Clarke nominated for peerage by PM

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Boris Johnson has nominated Ken Clarke for a seat in the Lords despite kicking him out of the Tories in the Commons for opposing him on Brexit.

The former Chancellor and former veteran MP for Rushcliffe has been critical of the Prime Minister's Brexit policies since stepping down.

He once told the BBC he wouldn't be against having a convenient parking place in central London.

Ken Clarke
PA Media

Ken Clarke: Johnson has 'amazing opportunity'

BBC News Channel

Ken Clarke, a Tory Remainer who was expelled from the Conservative Party after rebelling against Boris Johnson's government over Brexit, did not seek re-election in Rushcliffe this time round.

He told the BBC Mr Johnson has achieved a "remarkable victory" and now has "an amazing opportunity".

Former MP Ken Clarke
BBC

He said, if Mr Johnson wishes, he is now free from the influence of the "extreme right" of the Tory party, who were his allies just months ago.

"His strong majority means he will have little difficulty getting his Brexit deal through Parliament," the former MP added.

However, he said he's certain Boris Johnson won't be able to negotiate a trade deal with the European Union by the end of 2020.

"The serious grown-up negotiations will take quite some time. 'Get Brexit Done' was a bit of a joke, but a brilliantly successful slogan."

Rushcliffe: Conservative hold

Ruth Edwards has been elected MP for Rushcliffe, meaning that the Conservative Party holds the seat with a decreased majority.

The new MP beat Labour's Cheryl Pidgeon by 7,643 votes. This was fewer than Kenneth Clarke’s 8,010 vote majority in the 2017 general election.

Jason Billin of the Liberal Democrats came third and UKIP's Matthew Faithfull came fourth.

Voter turnout was up by 0.5 percentage points since the last general election.

Nearly 61,000 people, 78.5% 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, Matthew Faithfull (UKIP) and John Kirby (independent) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

This story was created using some automation.

'Ken Clarke set the standard'

Alex Regan

BBC News

After nearly 50 years, Rushcliffe has a new MP.

Ken Clarke will be kicking off his Hush Puppies and popping on some slippers as Ruth Edwards takes on the Conservative's representative in the Nottinghamshire constituency.

In her acceptance speech, she paid tribute to Mr Clarke.

"As I'm stepping up to the plate tonight, someone far greater than me is stepping down.

"So I'd like to thank Ken Clarke, who's given nearly half a century of service to this constituency and also to our country.

"It's been a real privilege to get to know Ken over the last few months and his counsel has been invaluable.

"He has set a very high standard for Rushcliffe's MP, and I'll be doing my best to live up to it."

Ken Clarke and Ruth Edwards
@Ruth4Rushcliffe

Conservatives hold Ken Clarke's old seat of Rushcliffe

Alex Regan

BBC News

The Conservatives' Ruth Edwards has won the Nottinghamshire constituency of Rushcliffe.

Former Tory MP Ken Clarke represented the constituency for 49 years, but after announcing he would not seek re-election Ms Edwards was chosen by the local party as their candidate.

Here are the votes:

  • Jason Billin - Lib Dem: 9,600
  • Ruth Edwards - Conservatives: 28,765
  • Mathhew Faithfull - UKIP: 591
  • John Kirby - Independent: 427
  • Cheryl Pidgeon - Labour: 21,122
Ruth Edwards
BBC

Who will replace Ken Clarke as Father of the House?

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

Harry Hayfield, 45, from Ceredigion, Wales, asked via Your Questions Answered: "Who will replace Kenneth Clarke as Father of the House following the general election?"

Ken Clarke in the House of Commons
PA Media

Father of the House is a title which goes to the MP with the longest continuous service.

Mr Clarke, 79, was sworn in as Conservative MP for Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire on 18 June 1970 - just ahead of Dennis Skinner, the Labour MP.

Mr Clarke has stood down but Mr Skinner is standing in Bolsover, Derbyshire.

Should the 87-year-old win he will indeed become Father of the House.

But should he lose his seat, the honour could go to Sir Peter Bottomley, the Conservative MP for Worthing West, who was sworn in on 26 June 1975, if he wins.