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After 650 of 650 seats

Suffolk South

Parliamentary constituency


General Election 2017 results
Party Votes % Net percentage change in seats



James Cartlidge Votes 32,829 header_vote_share 60.5 Net percentage change in seats +7.5



Emma Bishton Votes 15,080 header_vote_share 27.8 Net percentage change in seats +8.5


Liberal Democrat

Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne Votes 3,154 header_vote_share 5.8 Net percentage change in seats -2.0


Green Party

Robert Lindsay Votes 1,723 header_vote_share 3.2 Net percentage change in seats -1.2



Aidan Powlesland Votes 1,449 header_vote_share 2.7 Net percentage change in seats -12.5

Turnout and CON majority

CON majority




Vote share

Party %
Conservative 60.5
Labour 27.8
Liberal Democrat 5.8
Green Party 3.2
UKIP 2.7

Vote share change since 2015

Green Party
Liberal Democrat

Latest updates

Suffolk MP's concern over kangaroo safety

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Kangaroo safety fears for driverless cars must be used to help develop protections for horses on British roads, a Suffolk Tory MP has suggested.

James Cartlidge, MP for South Suffolk, said that the marsupials' bouncing had thrown off Volvo's large animal detection systems, as he called on car manufacturers to consider all road users when designing the devices.


During a Westminster Hall debate on the safety of riders and horses on rural roads, Mr Cartlidge said: "I did want to raise the point of driverless vehicles, because although we have had driverless horses for many centuries actually - driverless cars will bring their own issues.

"I don't know if people are aware of Volvo - they have an issue with kangaroos.

"Volvo had recently reported their driverless cars which had initially been tested to detect and avoid mooses - is the plural of moose mooses? - in Sweden, have struggled with marsupials.

"I think it's because they bounce, rather than approach steadily - I don't know, I'm not an expert."

Mr Cartlidge added: "But I hope that in developing large animal detection systems within driverless cars - this is a serious point actually, because we want to lead the world in this industrial field of driverless automotives - that they will be cognisant of all users of the road as that comes forward."

Off the record briefings could make Brexit talks 'fun', MP says

Mark Murphy

BBC Radio Suffolk

As Brexit negotiations open in Brussels, Conservative MP for South Suffolk, James Cartlidge, said he expects the talks won't be straightforward.

James Cartlidge

"I think it will be fun, because you'll have all kinds of briefing off the record," he told BBC Suffolk.

"Talks will be reported very clearly to the media so our newspapers will be expecting lots of stories.

"But at times it will be hard to get a sense of whether things are going well or badly."

James Cartlidge: 'We need a government to put a hand on the tiller'

The re-elected Conservative Suffolk South MP James Cartlidge has issued a statement after regaining the seat with a majority of 17,749.

"I cannot tell you how truly honoured I am, to receive over 60% of the vote is something I would never have dreamed of when I was first selected to stand here.

"In terms of the national vote, it goes without saying that this is not the result we had hoped for.

James Cartlidge

"The election was a voluntary choice, and we will be judged by that, but once you take the decision to call the election the final choice rests with the public and we have to now listen to how they have judged us at the ballot box.

"As far as the immediate future is concerned, our priority must be the national interest. That means ensuring that a stable government.

"We are a nation facing a very dark but all too real terrorist threat. We face imminent Brexit negotiations and all the usual decisions to be made in government, day in day out.

"We simply need a government in place to put a hand on the tiller."

South Suffolk constituency voting graphic

Here's a reminder of the South Suffolk results:

  • Lib Dem - Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne
  • Labour - Emma Bishton
  • Conservative - James Cartlidge (Elected)
  • Green Party - Robert Lindsay
  • UKIP - Aidan Powlesland
South Suffolk voting graphic

Suffolk South: Conservative hold

Election result

The county's new political landscape

If you're just joining us, here's a reminder of the MPs who'll be representing the county following the general election:

  • Bury St Edmunds - Jo Churchill (Conservative)
  • Central Suffolk & North Ipswich - Dan Poulter (Conservative)
  • Ipswich - Sandy Martin (Labour)
  • South Suffolk - James Cartlidge (Conservative)
  • Suffolk Coastal - Therese Coffey (Conservative)
  • West Suffolk - Matthew Hancock (Conservative)
  • Waveney - Peter Aldous (Conservative)
Map showing political state of county

South Suffolk MP increases his share of the vote

Conservative James Cartlidge has been re-elected to the South Suffolk seat, increasing his share of the vote by 7.5%.

Labour's Emma Bishton increased her party's share of the vote, too, by 8.5%.

The total votes cast were as follows:

  • Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne, Lib Dem - 3,154
  • Emma Bishton, Labour - 15,080
  • James Cartlidge, Conservative - 32,829
  • Robert Lindsay, Green Party - 1,723
  • Aidan Powlesland, UKIP - 1,449

Timelapse of the election count at Wherstead Park in Wherstead, Suffolk

Video: Latest pictures from the count at Wherstead Park

This is Wherstead Park, in Wherstead, near Ipswich, where two seats are being counted

One is for South Suffolk and the other is Central Suffolk and North Ipswich.

The result is due in about an hour and a half.

Election 2017: Count continues at Wherstead Park, near Ipswich

Exit poll suggests 'non-optimal' result for Tories says James Cartlidge

Conservative candidate for South Suffolk James Cartlidge says the result of the exit poll suggests a result for the Tories that is not "optimal".

Exit poll suggests 'non-optimal' result for Tories says James Cartlidge


, with candidate James Cartlidge
, have the following results:
  • 27,546 total votes taken.
  • 53.1% share of the total vote
  • +5.3% change in share of the votes
, with candidate Jane Basham
, have the following results:
  • 10,001 total votes taken.
  • 19.3% share of the total vote
  • +4.9% change in share of the votes
, with candidate Steven Whalley
, have the following results:
  • 7,897 total votes taken.
  • 15.2% share of the total vote
  • +8.1% change in share of the votes
Liberal Democrat
, with candidate Grace Weaver
, have the following results:
  • 4,044 total votes taken.
  • 7.8% share of the total vote
  • -23.1% change in share of the votes
Green Party
, with candidate Robert Lindsay
, have the following results:
  • 2,253 total votes taken.
  • 4.3% share of the total vote
  • +4.3% change in share of the votes
Christian Peoples Alliance
, with candidate Stephen Todd
, have the following results:
  • 166 total votes taken.
  • 0.3% share of the total vote
  • +0.3% change in share of the votes

Change compared with 2010

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