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

Norfolk South

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Richard Bacon
    • Votes: 36,258
    • Vote share %: 58.0
    • Vote share change: -0.2
  2. Labour
    Beth Jones
    • Votes: 14,983
    • Vote share %: 24.0
    • Vote share change: -7.0
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Christopher Brown
    • Votes: 8,744
    • Vote share %: 14.0
    • Vote share change: +5.7
  4. Green
    Ben Price
    • Votes: 2,499
    • Vote share %: 4.0
    • Vote share change: +1.5

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 21,275
  • Registered voters: 86,214
  • % share:
    72.5%
  • Change since 2017: -1.1

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 58.0%
Labour 24.0%
Liberal Democrat 14.0%
Green 4.0%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Liberal Democrat +5.7 Gained
  • Green +1.5 Gained
  • Conservative -0.2 Lost
  • Labour -7.0 Lost

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Norfolk South: Conservative hold

Richard Bacon has been re-elected as the MP for Norfolk South, with an increased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Labour's Beth Jones by 21,275 votes, 4,597 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election.

Christopher Brown of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Ben Price came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 1.1 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 62,000 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, Ben Price (Green) lost his £500 deposit after failing to win 5% of the vote.

This story was created using some automation.

South Norfolk: Conservative hold

Richard Bacon has held his safe seat in South Norfolk, albeit with a tiny 0.2% dip in his 58% share of the vote.

Second-placed Labour would not have set their sights on this Tory stronghold and lost votes to the Lib Dems and Greens, polling 24% of the vote compared to 30.9% in 2017.

South Norfolk turnout down

The number of people casting their vote in South Norfolk has dropped, from 73.6% in 2017 to 72.83%.

Changes proposed to Norfolk's constituencies

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Plans to re-draw Norfolk's parliamentary constituencies have been published this morning.

Unlike some parts of the UK, we get off quite lightly. The proposals include reducing the number MPs from 650 to 600, but Norfolk will still have nine MPs, although the size and shape of every seat will change.

House of Commons
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Most of the changes are minor but the Mid Norfolk constituency will lose Wymondham (which goes back to South Norfolk) while South West Norfolk will be renamed Thetford & Downham Market and cross the border to take in Littleport in Cambridgeshire.

Labour's Clive Lewis may have to work a little harder to hold on to his Norwich South seat which inherits Conservative-leaning Costessey and Cringleford.

His Conservative neighbour, Chloe Smith, who only has a majority of 507, might feel a little safer as Norwich North will extend into Broadland.

But these are only proposals from the Boundary Commission.

The public has one final say on the plans and then they'll need to be voted on by MPs.

Given how much else is going on at Westminster, and the fact that these plans do not have cross-party support, it is possible that they'll never get approved.

MP to chair influential committee

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Norman Lamb has been chosen by fellow MPs to chair one of parliament's influential committees.

The Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk will oversee the science and technology committee which scrutinises government policy and holds ministers to account.

Mr Lamb said he'd ensure that the world of science isn't forgotten in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

Norman Lamb MP
BBC

The Conservative MP for South Norfolk, Richard Bacon, failed in his attempt to lead the treasury select committee.

Richard Bacon MP
BBC

Norfolk MPs' bid for committee chairmanships

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Two of Norfolk's MPs want to lead influential parliamentary committees.

Richard Bacon, the MP for South Norfolk, has put himself forward to chair the House of Commons Treasury Committee, while Norman Lamb (North Norfolk) wants to lead the Science and Technology Committee.

Elections for the posts will be held among MPs next week.

Select committees have become a very influential part of parliamentary work.

They investigate topcs of concern and they have the power to call anyone as a witness.

Their reports often influence and sometimes change government policy.

'Not a good night for Theresa May', says South Norfolk MP

Richard Bacon has won the seat of South Norfolk for the Conservatives for the fifth time - polling 35,580 votes.

It hasn't been such a good night for Theresa May, with Mr Bacon saying the election hasn't been as successful as she'd hoped when she called it.

The South Norfolk MP was a key member of the Leave campaign, and Brexit negotiations will start soon. What message does it give to Europe now that Theresa May has reduced her own majority?

"It's true they might think they're in a stronger negotiating position but it doesn't follow that they are," Mr Bacon said. "I think if anything it's likely to make them more intransigent and that might lead to what people call a harder Brexit.

"But we will definitely leave the EU, there's no doubt about that."

Asked whether he thought Ms May could continue as prime minister, Mr Bacon gave the following reply:

I'm not sure about the answer to that. I think my colleagues and I are going to have a discussion over the next few days, it's not a success for Theresa May. It's not why she called the election."

Richard Bacon MPConservative, South Norfolk