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

St Albans

Parliamentary constituency

LD GAIN FROM CON

Results

  1. Liberal Democrat
    Daisy Cooper
    • Votes: 28,867
    • Vote share %: 50.1
    • Vote share change: +17.7
  2. Conservative
    Anne Main
    • Votes: 22,574
    • Vote share %: 39.2
    • Vote share change: -3.9
  3. Labour
    Rebecca Lury
    • Votes: 5,000
    • Vote share %: 8.7
    • Vote share change: -14.4
  4. Green
    Simon Grover
    • Votes: 1,004
    • Vote share %: 1.7
    • Vote share change: +0.3
  5. Independent
    Jules Sherrington
    • Votes: 154
    • Vote share %: 0.3
    • Vote share change: +0.3

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • LD majority: 6,293
  • Registered voters: 73,721
  • % share:
    78.1%
  • Change since 2017: -0.2

Vote share

Party % share
Liberal Democrat 50.1%
Conservative 39.2%
Labour 8.7%
Green 1.7%
Independent 0.3%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Liberal Democrat +17.7 Gained
  • Green +0.3 Gained
  • Independent +0.3 Gained
  • Conservative -3.9 Lost
  • Labour -14.4 Lost

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MPs react to remote voting poll

Katy Lewis

BBC News Online

The Liberal Democrat MP for St Albans, Daisy Cooper, has criticised the government's move to have insist on MPs voting in person in Parliament instead of having the option to do it from home - a measure that was brought in during the coronavirus lockdown.

A bill to not allow remote voting passed by 261 votes to 163 in the House of Commons yesterday.

Daisy Cooper
Daisy Cooper

Ms Cooper had to join a long, socially distanced, queue to vote.

"If they want to lead by example they should be embracing digital technology and reducing the amount of commuting MPs have to make up and down the country," she said.

"They should be reinforcing social distancing not encouraging MPs to travel the breadth and length of the country to end up being super-spreaders and putting their own communities at risk."

Meanwhile, the Conservative MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon said he was "ashamed" of his party after the decision.

Mr Halfon, who has cerebral palsy and has been shielding, said it was not fair on people like him who've been told to shield by medics as they're considered vulnerable to the virus.

He decided not to travel to Westminster yesterday, so had no vote in the decision about how the House would vote in the future.

The general election story in Beds, Herts and Bucks

We're closing our live election coverage for the three counties.

The Conservative landslide is the national story - and it's reflected here where the only change has been the LibDems gaining St Albans from the Tories.

Labour has retained its seats in Luton South, Luton North and Bedford.

It remains a sea of blue elsewhere.

For more election coverage, visit the BBC's election pages.

How the Hertfordshire media is reporting the election

Other local media have also been up all night with the Hertfordshire Mercury reflecting everything in its live results page.

In St Albans, Liberal Democrat Daisy Cooper told the Herts Advertiser it was "an absolute honour" to be elected MP after she unseated Conservative Ann Main to become the city's first Lib Dem MP.

In the Watford Observer, the town's new MP Dean Russell, who held the seat for the Conservatives, said he would be "building on an amazing legacy of Richard Harrington", the man he replaced and that his win was "a vindication of what our Prime Minister wants nationally".

The Comet which covers Hitchin and Stevenage focuses on Bim Afolami holding the Hitchin and Harpenden seat with him declaring it was "a demonstration of the strength of democracy".

In the Welwyn Hatfield Times, transport secretary Grant Shapps said that "it's fantastic the country can move on from Brexit" as he held his seat.

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There are four new MPs in Hertfordshire, but only one represents a change of party:

  • In St Albans, Liberal Democrat Daisy Cooper has taken the seat from Conservative Anne Main
  • Conservative Gagan Mohindra held the seat of South West Hertfordshire, despite a challenge from former Tory MP for the seat David Gauke, who had the whip removed after he voted against the government and stood as an independent
  • In Hertford and Stortford, Conservative candidate Julie Marson has held the seat for the Tories after Mark Prisk stood down
  • In Watford, Dean Russell has been elected MP for Watford, meaning that the Conservative Party holds the seat with an increased majority. He beat Labour's Chris Ostrowski by 4,433 votes, more than double Richard Harrington’s 2,092 vote majority in 2017
  • Elsewhere, all the Conservative candidates held their seats. Oliver Heald held Hertfordshire North East, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps retained his seat of Welwyn Hatfield, Bim Afolami held Hitchin and Harpenden, Stephen McPartlandwas re-elected as the MP for Stevenage.
  • In Hertsmere, Oliver Dowden has been re-elected, Sir Mike Penning has held Hemel Hempstead and in Broxbourne, Charles Walker has held his seat. .

St Albans: Liberal Democrat gain

Daisy Cooper has been elected as the MP for St Albans, beating Conservative Anne Main by 6,293 votes.

The Liberal Democrats overturned a 6,109 vote majority to take the formerly Conservative-held seat.

Rebecca Lury of the Labour Party came third and the Green Party's Simon Grover came fourth.

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

Nearly 58,000 people, 78.1% 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, Simon Grover (Green) and Jules Sherrington (independent) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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Lib Dem campaigner takes Tory seat

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Liberal Democrat Daisy Cooper has won the St Albans seat, beating Conservative Anne Main with a majority of 6,293.

Daisy Cooper
PA Media

Ms Main had held the seat since 2005, but it was a target seat for the Lib Dems with leader Jo Swinson visiting the constituency.

Ms Cooper won the seat with a 10.8% swing from the Conservatives.

Daisy Cooper
BBC

The new MP is campaign director of community group More United.

She previously worked for 10 years campaigning for LGBT+ rights abroad and against human rights violations in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

Jo Swinson and Daisy Cooper campaigning
PA Media

Former St Albans MP Anne Main 'very disappointed'

The former Conservative MP for St Albans Anne Main said she is "very disappointed" to have lost her seat.

The Liberal Democrats gained the seat from the Tories with Daisy Cooper being the city's newly elected MP.

Ms Cooper received 28,867 votes while Mrs Main had 22,574 votes.

"I'm very disappointed. I've given my heart and soul to St Albans," Ms Main said.

"It was pitched as a remain vote in St Albans and that is what people voted for but it's not really going to make a difference now the Conservatives can carry through with a mandate and a majority."

Anne Main
BBC

BreakingSt Albans: Lib Dems gain

Liberal Democrat Daisy Cooper has won the St Albans seat from the Conservatives.