UK results
Party Conservative Labour Scottish National Party Liberal Democrat Democratic Unionist Party Others
Seats 318 262 35 12 10 13
Change −13 +30 −21 +4 +2 −2
UK Results

After 650 of 650 seats

Norfolk South West

Parliamentary constituency


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



Elizabeth Truss Votes 32,894 header_vote_share 62.8 Net percentage change in seats +11.8



Peter Smith Votes 14,582 header_vote_share 27.8 Net percentage change in seats +10.6



David Williams Votes 2,575 header_vote_share 4.9 Net percentage change in seats -18.3


Liberal Democrat

Stephen Gordon Votes 2,365 header_vote_share 4.5 Net percentage change in seats +0.1

Turnout and CON majority

CON majority




Vote share

Party %
Conservative 62.8
Labour 27.8
UKIP 4.9
Liberal Democrat 4.5

Vote share change since 2015

Liberal Democrat

Latest updates

Resignation of Norfolk peer raised in Parliament

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The resignation of Baroness Gillian Shephard from the government's Social Mobility Commission has been raised in Parliament this afternoon.

Baroness Shephard of Northwold, who was Conservative MP for South West Norfolk 1987-2005, was one of four members of the commission who resigned over the weekend.

The former chairman Alan Milburn said the whole board was standing down because the government was not doing enough to tackle poor social mobility.

In Parliament, the leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Vince Cable said the resignation of a "highly respected" person showed how serious the concerns of the board must have been.

Labour's education spokesman Angela Rayner said: "When a former Tory education minister resigns from a commission set up by a Tory government this goes beyond politics."

The education minister Robert Goodwill said the government is still committed to improving social mobility.

Baroness Shephard hasn't said why she decided to resign.

In a statement Baroness Shephard said she was "sad to leave the commission but believe that this... is the right time for me to do so", but she did not elaborate on the reasons for her decision.

Budget means important day for Norfolk MP

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Standing alongside the chancellor when he poses for the cameras with his red box will be the MP for South West Norfolk, Elizabeth Truss.

As chief secretary to the treasury she will have played a key role in drawing up today's budget. It will have also been her job to persuade government departments to cut their budgets.

A former agriculture and justice secretary, her move to the treasury without a department to run was seen by some as a demotion.

But she is now second in charge at the treasury. If today's budget goes down well she will be able to bask in the praise, but if it doesn't it might not just be Philip Hammond worrying about his future.

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

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.

Ely rail junction upgrade work 'a priority'

The transport secretary Chris Grayling says work to upgrade Ely's rail junctions will be done between 2019 and 2024.

The South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss secured the promise from the minister yesterday, when she led a delegation of local MPs, train operators and business organisations to argue the work was vital for the eastern region.

MPs and business organisations with the Transport Secretary
Elizabeth Truss MP

Ms Truss said the Mr Grayling agreed the Ely programme was a priority.

She said one of the key aspects was ensuring the scheme was property costed by Network Rail and the local enterprise partnerships have agreed to provide every assistance with this.

The work will begin once the costings are finalised.

Ely serves trains heading in five directions - to Peterborough, King's Lynn, Norwich, Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge.

This will be an incredible boost to the region and the UK as a whole, investing in key infrastructure that will really transform rail travel in Norfolk."

Elizabeth Truss MP(Con) South West Norfolk

Rail passengers urged to comment on proposed timetable changes

A public consultation on proposed changes to the train timetable from King's Lynn to London ends on Thursday.

The MP for South West Norfolk, Elizabeth Truss, is urging people to come forward and make their views known on Govia Thameslink's plans.

Ms Truss says the new look timetable is not a done deal at this stage, and it's worth people getting in touch.

Elizabeth Truss MP

She has concerns that some of the routes won't be protected, and at the proposal to reduce morning and rush hour services.

Are there enough services particularly during the morning peak, ending up at King's Cross and secondly some of the services in the afternoon, making sure that students can get back from schools and colleges to places like Downham Market and King's Lynn."

Elizabeth Truss MPCon, South West Norfolk

Ministerial appointment in PM's reshuffle

The Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has been made a minister in the Northern Ireland office.

Last week, Ms Smith was re-elected to the seat for a fourth spell, with 21,900 votes.

It was a closely fought battle - the Conservative MP took just 507 more votes than Labour's Chris Smith.

Chloe Smith MP

As we reported earlier this week, Elizabeth Truss, MP for South West Norfolk, has moved from Justice to become Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis was made Immigration Minister and given a seat at the cabinet table.

Elizabeth Truss: The big survivor

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss says she's "delighted" to become Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

"It is an honour and I am looking forward to getting down to work as well as serving the people of South West Norfolk," she said in a statement.

Ms Truss is being seen as one of the big survivors in this post-election cabinet reshuffle.

There had been numerous press reports that Theresa May had not been impressed with her work at the Ministry of Justice. She was also kept away from the media during the election campaign. The expectation was that she would be sacked.

But Theresa May is a weakened Prime Minister. She does not want to make any more enemies. That's probably why Ms Truss survived.

Liz Truss arriving at Downing Street
Getty Images

Some people at Westminster are calling her move to Chief Secretary to the Treasury as a demotion. It is true that she's no longer running a ministry, but she's number two at the most powerful department in government.

She could make a name for herself at the Treasury - providing Theresa May and this new government survives.

Cabinet roles for Norfolk MPs

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Two of Norfolk's MPs have retained ministerial jobs in the Prime Minister's cabinet reshuffle.

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss moves from Justice to become Chief Secretary to the Treasury and retains her seat in the cabinet, while Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis remains a junior minister at the Home Office, but will now also get to sit around the cabinet table.

Liz Truss arriving at Downing Street

Ms Truss will be Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond's number two at the Treasury.

She'll be responsible for persuading government departments to cut their budgets.

She'll also oversee infrastructure spending, a cause close to her heart having campaigned to upgrade the A11 and Ely rail junction.

Mr Lewis keeps his job as Minister of State for policing and fire services at the Home Office, but he's also being allowed to attend cabinet.

He's an ally of Theresa May and she needs all the friends she can get around the cabinet table.

Brandon Lewis arriving at Downing Street

Political map unchanged for Norfolk

All of Norfolk's MPs have retained their seats.

The first to call was Norfolk South, with Richard Bacon returned as Conservative MP shortly before 02:00.

Norwich North was next, with Chloe Smith winning a closely fought contest with Labour's Chris Jones.

Mid Norfolk, North West Norfolk and Great Yarmouth followed in quick succession - all Tory holds, with Labour's Clive Lewis doubling his majority to take Norwich South.

The political map of Norfolk

North Norfolk was next, with Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb winning a battle against the Conservative candidate James Wild.

At around 04:00, South West Norfolk was announced, with Elizabeth Truss retaining the seat - unfortunately she was unable to remain at the count for the results, as she'd been taken ill with a virus.

The last call of the night was Broadland - at around 05:00 Keith Simpson was re-elected as MP.