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

Suffolk South

Parliamentary constituency



  1. Conservative
    James Cartlidge
    • Votes: 33,270
    • Vote share %: 62.2
    • Vote share change: +1.7
  2. Labour
    Elizabeth Hughes
    • Votes: 10,373
    • Vote share %: 19.4
    • Vote share change: -8.4
  3. Liberal Democrat
    David Beavan
    • Votes: 6,702
    • Vote share %: 12.5
    • Vote share change: +6.7
  4. Green
    Robert Lindsay
    • Votes: 3,144
    • Vote share %: 5.9
    • Vote share change: +2.7

Change compared with 2017


  • CON majority: 22,897
  • Registered voters: 76,201
  • % share:
  • Change since 2017: -1.7

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 62.2%
Labour 19.4%
Liberal Democrat 12.5%
Green 5.9%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Liberal Democrat +6.7 Gained
  • Green +2.7 Gained
  • Conservative +1.7 Gained
  • Labour -8.4 Lost

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South Suffolk: Conservative hold

James Cartlidge has been re-elected as the MP for South Suffolk, with an increased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Labour's Elizabeth Hughes by 22,897 votes, 5,148 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election.

David Beavan of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Robert Lindsay came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 1.7 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 53,000 people, 70.2% of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.

All four candidates keep their deposits, after receiving more than 5% of the votes.

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South Suffolk: Conservative hold

James Cartlidge has been re-elected to South Suffolk with a slightly increased majority of 62.2%.

Labour, in second place on 19.4%, lost votes to the Lib Dems and Greens.

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