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

Skipton & Ripon

Parliamentary constituency



  1. Conservative
    Julian Smith
    • Votes: 34,919
    • Vote share %: 59.5
    • Vote share change: -3.2
  2. Labour
    Brian McDaid
    • Votes: 11,225
    • Vote share %: 19.1
    • Vote share change: -9.2
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Andrew Murday
    • Votes: 8,701
    • Vote share %: 14.8
    • Vote share change: +14.8
  4. Green
    Andy Brown
    • Votes: 2,748
    • Vote share %: 4.7
    • Vote share change: -1.7
  5. The Yorkshire Party
    Jack Render
    • Votes: 1,131
    • Vote share %: 1.9
    • Vote share change: -0.7

Change compared with 2017


  • CON majority: 23,694
  • Registered voters: 78,643
  • % share:
  • Change since 2017: +0.2

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 59.5%
Labour 19.1%
Liberal Democrat 14.8%
Green 4.7%
The Yorkshire Party 1.9%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Liberal Democrat +14.8 Gained
  • The Yorkshire Party -0.7 Lost
  • Green -1.7 Lost
  • Conservative -3.2 Lost
  • Labour -9.2 Lost

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MP supports 'any measures' to enforce social distancing

A North Yorkshire MP says he's willing "to support any measures" the government needs to take to force people to follow safety guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.

Julian Smith MP

Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, posted his comments on social media in response to reports of people ignoring official advice by gathering at beauty spots and coastal resorts at the weekend.

Mr Smith described people converging outside as "reckless" in ignoring advice on "protecting NHS staff and UK citizens lives".

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has warned "tougher measures" could be introduced if people do not take the government's coronavirus advice seriously.

Mr Johnson said: "If you don't do it responsibly we will have to bring forward further measures."

The Yorkshire Dales National Park chief executive, David Butterworth, said visitor behaviour at the weekend "beggared belief".

"The number of people coming to the area and acting so irresponsibly at a time of national crisis cannot be acceptable," he said.

Julian Smith fired as Northern Ireland secretary

Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith has become the first casualty of Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle after being sacked as Northern Ireland secretary.

Julian Smith
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His departure comes just weeks after brokering the deal which restored the power-sharing administration in Stormont.

Mr Smith said it had been "the biggest privilege" to serve the people of Northern Ireland and he was "extremely grateful" to have been given the chance to serve "this amazing part of our country".

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Skipton & Ripon: Conservative hold

Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith has been re-elected as the MP for Skipton & Ripon, with an increased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Labour's Brian McDaid by 23,694 votes, 3,709 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election.

Andrew Murday of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Andy Brown came fourth.

Voter turnout was up by 0.2 percentage points since the last general election.

Nearly 59,000 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.

Two of the five candidates, Andy Brown (Green) and Jack Render (The Yorkshire Party) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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Skipton and Ripon: Conservative hold

Conservative candidate Julian Smith has been re-elected as MP for Skipton and Ripon.

Skipton and Ripon MP now new Chief Whip for Conservatives at Westminster

Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon in North Yorkshire, has been promoted to Chief Whip of the Conservative Party at Westminster.

The move comes after Prime Minister, Theresa May, named Scarborough's Gavin Williamson as Secretary of State for Defence.

Mr Williamson had held the role as Chief Whip before Michael Fallon resigned as Defence Secretary amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour.


Mr Williamson was born in Scarborough on 25 June 1976.

He went to Raincliffe Comprehensive School and Scarborough Sixth Form College, where he studied Government and Politics, before gaining a Bachelor of Science from the University of Bradford.

Mr Williamson has run the Tory whips office since last year.

Election statistics: Gap of 68 years between two North Yorkshire candidates

With elections come statistics...

Sometimes they're difficult to comprehend, hard to follow. There are exit polls, forecasts, turnout numbers - a whirlwind of facts, stats and spin, leaving you feeling dull and battered.

Other times, for varying reasons, they leave you shocked and startled. Here's a couple that fall into the latter category.


Between them two North Yorkshire candidates have been alive for 106 years and have a massive 68 years age gap between them.

The oldest candidate in North Yorkshire was Gordon Johnson, an Independent in Scarborough who won 82 votes. He's 87-years-old.

Meanwhile, 68 years his junior is the youngest candidate in the county who was 19-year-old Jack Render.

Jack stood as a candidate for The Yorkshire Party in Skipton and Ripon and won 1,539 votes.

What happened in England's biggest county?

We have one of the of the most dramatic results in recent General Election history.

Instead of the expected clear increased majority in the House Of Commons, the Conservatives lost seats and we have a hung parliament.

All North Yorkshire MPs kept their seats and the Conservatives continue to form a ring around the Labour seat of York Central.

Here's Phil Bodmer to round up what happened in England's largest county:

Skipton & Rippon: Conservative Hold

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