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Stevenage

Parliamentary constituency
CON HOLD CON HOLD

Results

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

CON

Conservative

Stephen McPartland Votes 24,798 header_vote_share 50.3 Net percentage change in seats +5.7
Party

LAB

Labour

Sharon Taylor Votes 21,414 header_vote_share 43.4 Net percentage change in seats +9.2
Party

LD

Liberal Democrat

Barbara Gibson Votes 2,032 header_vote_share 4.1 Net percentage change in seats +0.8
Party

GRN

Green Party

Victoria Snelling Votes 1,085 header_vote_share 2.2 Net percentage change in seats -0.7

Turnout and CON majority

CON majority

3,384

Turnout

69.5%

Vote share

Party %
Conservative 50.3
Labour 43.4
Liberal Democrat 4.1
Green Party 2.2

Vote share change since 2015

−%
+%
Labour
+9.2
Conservative
+5.7
Liberal Democrat
+0.8
Green Party
-0.7

Latest updates

Stevenage MP asks government to put local plan on hold

Stevenage's Conservative MP Stephen McPartland has asked the government to step in to support his view that the current Local Plan, devised by the Labour-run Stevenage Borough Council, is not going to regenerate the town centre.

The draft plan sets out proposals for regeneration and allocates sites to build about 7,600 new homes by 2031. The council said it was "found to be sound" by the government’s planning inspector.

But in a blog post the MP said the "town centre is not fit for purpose".

"It needs regenerating and bringing forward into the 21st Century,... the Local Plan fails to regenerate the town centre, as it does not include the shops in Queensway, but don’t worry it includes fancy new Council offices!"

McPartland asked communities and local government secretary Sajid Javid to intervene and the minister has ordered the borough council not to move forward until "the issues raised... are considered further".

Council leader Sharon Taylor said: "We are in the very late stages of developing our Local Plan, which sets out ambitious plans for Stevenage... it is disappointing to hear of this political intervention that seems to be trying to hold back much-needed housing, creating jobs and regenerating our town centre.

"We will remain in contact with DCLG [Department for Communities and Local Government] colleagues over coming weeks to work through any issues they may have with the draft plan."

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Under the knife: Saving Police Dog Finn

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Vets who saved the life of a police dog, who was stabbed while chasing a suspected armed robber, have released moving videos recalling the night they battled to keep the near-death German shepherd alive.

One year ago today, the dog and his handler PC Dave Wardell were attacked in Stevenage.

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PC Wardell was stabbed in the hand, but the knife penetrated Finn's chest, puncturing a lung and coming within an inch of the dog's heart.

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Surgeons at Davies Veterinary Specialists in Hitchin spent four hours operating on the police dog, while PC Wardell waited for news.

Finn pulled through, and was home within days, but it took weeks for him to recover, during which time PC Wardell slept near him, supporting his "hero" every step of the way.

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The attack happened in the early hours of 5 October 2016.

In June, a 16-year-old was sentenced to eight months' detention for the attack.

Just before Christmas, PC Wardell and PD Finn returned to work together and Finn made an arrest on his first night back.

Finn retired from active duty on 30 March, shortly after his eighth birthday and is now enjoying the quiet life at home with the Wardell family and their other pets.

But Dave is pretty sure that in his dreams, Finn is still chasing down the criminals.

Police dog Finn on beach
BBC

UKIP's failure to field candidates boosts two leading parties

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

UKIP failed to field candidates in several Hertfordshire constituencies, and after its leader Paul Nuttall resigned after a "woeful showing" overall, he said: "A new era must begin with a new leader."

Stevenage was a close-run contest with Conservative Stephen McPartland retaining the seat with 50.3% of the vote including a 5.7% increase in support.

In second place was Labour's Sharon Taylor with 43.4% of the vote, boosted by a 9.2% increase.

Conservative Mark Prisk held on to Hertford and Stortford, boosting his party's support by 4.2% to take 60.3% of the vote share, leaving Labour trailing on 28.6% despite a 10.7% boost in its support.

In Broxbourne Conservative Charles Walker took 62.2% of the vote with Labour's Selina Norgrove on 28.9% after a 10.75% boost to her share, while UKIP slumped by 15.7% to leave it with only 4%, slightly ahead of the Lib Dems on 3.1%.

In St Albans Conservative Anne Main held on to the seat with 43.1% of the vote from the Lib Dems' Daisy Cooper on 32.4%.

Stevenage: Conservative hold

Result graphic
BBC

BreakingConservatives hold Stevenage

Stephen McPartland (Con) holds Stevenage.

Here come the girls

In Stevenage, 75% of the candidates are female.

This beats the national average of 29% by miles.

Stevenage parliamentary candidates
BBC

Stevenage turnout

Stevenage's result is due at about 02:30 this morning and the turnout is at 69.9%, with 49,468 votes cast.

Stevenage has more postal votes than most constituencies. In 2015, a third of votes were postal votes.

Ballot boxes in Stevenage
BBC

'Anxious few hours' await counties' MPs

Our political reporter Andrew Holmes's thoughts on the exit polls:

"The exit polls seem to suggest an anxious few hours for a number of Three Counties' Tory MPs.

As it stands they say Labour are likely to win back Bedford and Kempston from the Conversative incumbent Richard Fuller.

Meanwhile, both MK North and South are branded as too close to call, with the exit polls suggesting a win for Labour in the South.

In Herts, both Stevenage and Watford are included on the list of Tory seats that aren’t guaranteed to stay blue, although it’s worth mentioning that exit polls don’t include postal votes.

That’s of particular interest in Stevenage, where in 2015, a third of votes were sent by post.”

Last of the ballot boxes arrive at Stevenage

The last of the ballot boxes have arrived in Stevenage.

They're expecting to declare there at 02:30.

Our political reporter Andrew Holmes expects a "tight finish".

Stevenage ballot boxes
BBC
CON HOLD

Results

Conservative
, with candidate Stephen McPartland
, have the following results:
  • 21,291 total votes taken.
  • 44.5% share of the total vote
  • +3.1% change in share of the votes
Labour
, with candidate Sharon Taylor
, have the following results:
  • 16,336 total votes taken.
  • 34.2% share of the total vote
  • +0.8% change in share of the votes
UKIP
, with candidate David Collins
, have the following results:
  • 6,864 total votes taken.
  • 14.4% share of the total vote
  • +9.9% change in share of the votes
Liberal Democrat
, with candidate Susan Van De Ven
, have the following results:
  • 1,582 total votes taken.
  • 3.3% share of the total vote
  • -13.3% change in share of the votes
Green Party
, with candidate Graham White
, have the following results:
  • 1,369 total votes taken.
  • 2.9% share of the total vote
  • +2.9% change in share of the votes
TUSC
, with candidate Trevor Palmer
, have the following results:
  • 175 total votes taken.
  • 0.4% share of the total vote
  • +0.4% change in share of the votes
English Democrats
, with candidate Charles Vickers
, have the following results:
  • 115 total votes taken.
  • 0.2% share of the total vote
  • -0.6% change in share of the votes
Independent
, with candidate David Cox
, have the following results:
  • 67 total votes taken.
  • 0.1% share of the total vote
  • +0.1% change in share of the votes

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