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 Coastal

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Therese Coffey
    • Votes: 32,958
    • Vote share %: 56.5
    • Vote share change: -1.5
  2. Labour
    Cameron Matthews
    • Votes: 12,425
    • Vote share %: 21.3
    • Vote share change: -9.2
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Jules Ewart
    • Votes: 8,719
    • Vote share %: 15.0
    • Vote share change: +8.0
  4. Green
    Rachel Smith-Lyte
    • Votes: 2,713
    • Vote share %: 4.7
    • Vote share change: +1.5
  5. Independent
    Tony Love
    • Votes: 1,493
    • Vote share %: 2.6
    • Vote share change: +2.6

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 20,533
  • Registered voters: 81,910
  • % share:
    71.2%
  • Change since 2017: -2.0

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 56.5%
Labour 21.3%
Liberal Democrat 15.0%
Green 4.7%
Independent 2.6%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Liberal Democrat +8.0 Gained
  • Independent +2.6 Gained
  • Green +1.5 Gained
  • Conservative -1.5 Lost
  • Labour -9.2 Lost

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Coffey urges unemployed to pick fruit and veg

MP Therese Coffey said people who have lost their jobs in the coronavirus crisis could find roles in the agricultural sector this summer.

Fruit picker
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The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in the UK soared last month, the first full month of the coronavirus lockdown.

The Suffolk Coastal MP and Work and Pensions Secretary told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think we should be prepared for the unemployment rate to increase significantly."

But, after insisting "there are a substantial number of vacancies already", she was pressed on where the vacant roles are.

"There's an aspect of retail," she said. "There are quite a lot of vacancies or employment wanted in our agricultural sector to help in our near future.

"Those very much need to be filled as well."

Suffolk MP defends accusations government too slow over testing

The Suffolk Coastal MP and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has been defending the government's policy on introducing testing for Covid-19.

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Therese Coffey said anyone more than five years old who was showing symptoms could now get tested for the virus.

The government has made increased testing one of its five goals that must be met in order to leave lockdown. Its target is to test 200,000 people a day by the end of the month.

Driver training under way to help front line ambulances

Emergency services
Suffolk police

More than 130 student paramedics, community first responders, military personnel and other new recruits at the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS) are receiving specialist driver training to help them support the front-line services.

The six-week training, offered by the police and fire service in Suffolk, will teach people to drive patient transport service vehicles.

Des Pooley, lead for driving training at Suffolk Police, said: "We are looking to train at least 132 people to drive ambulances in the next six weeks and this valuable, practical work is already successfully underway.

Marcus Bailey, chief operating officer with EEAS, said: "Covid-19 represents an unprecedented challenge and we truly appreciate the fantastic support we have received."

Suffolk Coastal: Conservative hold

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey has been re-elected as the MP for Suffolk Coastal, with an increased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Labour's Cameron Matthews by 20,533 votes, 4,521 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election.

Jules Ewart of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Rachel Smith-Lyte came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 2 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 58,000 people, 71.2% 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, Rachel Smith-Lyte (Green) and Tony Love (independent) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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Suffolk Coastal: Conservative hold

Therese Coffey has held on to her seat of Suffolk Coastal.

Therese Coffey
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Suffolk Coastal turnout takes a dip

News from the count at police headquarters in Martlesham is that the Suffolk Coastal turnout is 71.4%, down 1.8%.

Suffolk Coastal turnout expected

We're close to getting a turnout for Suffolk Coastal from the police headquarters at Martlesham.

Election count in Suffolk Coastal
BBC