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

Taunton Deane

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Rebecca Pow
    • Votes: 34,164
    • Vote share %: 53.6
    • Vote share change: +0.7
  2. Liberal Democrat
    Gideon Amos
    • Votes: 22,464
    • Vote share %: 35.2
    • Vote share change: +7.6
  3. Labour
    Liam Canham
    • Votes: 4,715
    • Vote share %: 7.4
    • Vote share change: -8.0
  4. Independent
    John Hunt
    • Votes: 2,390
    • Vote share %: 3.8
    • Vote share change: +3.8

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 11,700
  • Registered voters: 88,675
  • % share:
    71.9%
  • Change since 2017: -1.9

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 53.6%
Liberal Democrat 35.2%
Labour 7.4%
Independent 3.8%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Liberal Democrat +7.6 Gained
  • Independent +3.8 Gained
  • Conservative +0.7 Gained
  • Labour -8.0 Lost

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Taunton Deane: Conservative hold

Rebecca Pow has been re-elected as the MP for Taunton Deane, with a decreased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Liberal Democrat Gideon Amos by 11,700 votes, 4,187 votes less than the majority at the 2017 election.

Liam Canham of the Labour Party came third and independent candidate John Hunt came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 1.9 percentage points since the last general election.

Nearly 64,000 people, 71.9% of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.

One of the four candidates, John Hunt (independent) lost his £500 deposit after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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BreakingTaunton Deane: Con hold

Rebecca Pow has been re-elected as Conservative MP for Taunton Deane

MP votes with his feet over Somerset merger

The planned merger of two Somerset councils is under threat.

One local MP, Ian Liddell-Grainger, has defied his party and stopped voting with the government over its backing for the deal between Taunton Deane and West Somerset.

But there are also new doubts amongst some councillors.

Here's our political editor Paul Barltrop on a debate, tomorrow, that could de-rail plans:

Local MP votes with his feet over merger

Your local BBC radio headlines

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Here are the headline stories from your local BBC radio stations this morning:

BBC Radio Bristol: Green Party councillors are criticising what they describe as a "strange and circuitous" plan for car parking at Broadmead.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire: Traders in Stonehouse should be compensated for a loss of trade when the High Street is dug up, according to the Federation of Small Businesses.

BBC Wiltshire: A former Wiltshire Police inspector is calling for police and crime commissioners to be scrapped.

BBC Somerset: It's been confirmed that badger culling will take place in West Somerset for another five years.

Taunton Deane: Conservative hold

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BreakingTaunton Deane - Conservative hold

Conservative Rebecca Pow retains her seat.

How the results changed the map in 2015

The West turned a deep shade of Conservative blue after the last general election two years ago.

Only a small island of Labour red remained in Bristol West, Bristol East and Bristol South, preventing a full bluewash for our region.

Can the opposition parties turn back the tide, or will Theresa May surf an even bigger blue wave?

So far, the BBC/Sky/ITV poll suggests the UK is heading for a hung parliament, with Conservatives 12 seats short of the 326 they need for an absolute majority in the Commons.

The poll puts Tories on 314 seats, with Labour on 266, the Scottish National Party on 34, Liberal Democrats on 14, Plaid Cymru on three and Greens on one.

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