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After 650 of 650 seats

Watford

Parliamentary constituency
CON HOLD CON HOLD

Results

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

CON

Conservative

Richard Harrington Votes 26,731 header_vote_share 45.6 Net percentage change in seats +2.2
Party

LAB

Labour

Chris Ostrowski Votes 24,639 header_vote_share 42.0 Net percentage change in seats +16.0
Party

LD

Liberal Democrat

Ian Stotesbury Votes 5,335 header_vote_share 9.1 Net percentage change in seats -9.0
Party

UKIP

UKIP

Ian Green Votes 1,184 header_vote_share 2.0 Net percentage change in seats -7.7
Party

GRN

Green Party

Alex Murray Votes 721 header_vote_share 1.2 Net percentage change in seats -1.1

Turnout and CON majority

CON majority

2,092

Turnout

67.8%

Vote share

Party %
Conservative 45.6
Labour 42.0
Liberal Democrat 9.1
UKIP 2.0
Green Party 1.2

Vote share change since 2015

−%
+%
Labour
+16.0
Conservative
+2.2
Green Party
-1.1
UKIP
-7.7
Liberal Democrat
-9.0

Latest updates

Decision to close centre for disabled children postponed

Matt Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

Lawyers for parents fighting to keep a Hertfordshire centre for disabled children open say they've been given a reprieve.

Alex Rook, from Irwin Mitchell, told the BBC: "I am delighted to say that the CCG (clinical commissioning group) has agreed to set aside its decision to cease funding respite services at Nascot Lawn.

"They have confirmed that they will consult with the families of children and young people before thinking again about the matter."

Nascot Lawn Respite Centre in Watford was due to close in October, but that date has been pushed back to January.

Nascot Lawn Respite Centre
NHS

We have yet to hear from Hertfordshire CCG, but when the decision was first made it said the closure of the centre was necessary because of its "serious financial situation", and that the focus must be on spending on services it had a legal duty to provide.

The decision comes ahead of a planned judicial review next week, where health executives were being taken to the High Court for failing to consult with the families.

Watford MP Richard Harrington said: "Although this is very welcome news, there is more work to be done to protect this service for our local community. I want to see a long-term solution and that's what I will be working towards over the coming months."

Mark Watkin, Lib Dem councillor, said the move was "cynical".

Result in: Conservatives hold Watford

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

It was a close result in Watford where Richard Harrington held on to his seat with 26,731 votes - a majority of 2,092 over Labour's Chris Ostrowski, who got 24,639 votes.

In 2015 his majority was 9,794.

Richard Harrington
BBC

Here is the breakdown:

Richard Harrington (Con) 26,731

Chris Ostrowski (Lab) 24,639

Ian Stotesbury (LD) 5,335

Ian Green (UKIP) 1,184

Alex Murray (Green) 721

Watford: Conservative hold

Result graphic
BBC

BreakingConservatives hold Watford

Richard Harrington (Con) has held Watford.

'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.”

Watford: Constituency analysis

Andy Holmes

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

Watford is blue but both Labour and the Lib Dems in particular are after this one, with Watford at number 48 on Tim Farron’s list of seats he’d like to target.

Richard Harrington
Conservative Party

In 2010, Richard Harrington won it for the Conservatives with a narrow majority of 1,425, and he increased his lead in 2015 to 9,794.

Before 2010, Labour’s Claire Ward had held the seat across three elections, but historically the Lib Dems have also done well finishing second in 2010 and 2005.

The Greens and UKIP are also standing this time.

Thanks for joining us for tonight's Watford election debate

I'm afraid that's now it from the Watford Palace Theatre and the parties seeking your votes in Watford.

It's over to you, the public, now to choose who will be representing the town in the House of Commons in the future.

If you want a re-cap on any of the positions taken by those hoping to fill that role you can simply scroll down this feed to get their views on issues as varied as Brexit, the NHS, the youth vote and the Croxley rail link.

Debate panel
BBC

How would you control immigration?

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Penny
BBC

Penny asked the panel what they would do to try and control immigration.

Gary Ling (UKIP) said: "Controlling immigration and having planned immigration is one of the main reasons people voted for Brexit.

"We will allow skilled immigration as we did in 2015, we don't want any unskilled immigration whatsoever for a moratorium period of five years.

"Even when we have asylum seekers, there will be a lot of people there to take up the jobs where unskilled labour is necessary. What we need to do is invest more in our own people."

Richard Harrington (Conservative) said: "I think immigration has been very good for Watford and the economy.

"The system that we now have needs expanding to the EU countries when we leave.

"There is a labour shortage and at the moment employers are faced with the consequences of having to take labour from abroad because they haven't got people here. There's got to be a sensible control to it."

Ian Stotesbury (Lib Dem) said: "We should be looking at our immigration controls available to us now and properly implementing them.

"When it comes to freedom of movement, we have to be really cautious about setting arbitrary limits, I would be opposed to arbitrary limits.

"Let's take this at a very rational and long-term approach, any short and dramatic knee-jerk reaction would be bad for Britain."

Chris Ostrowski (Labour) said: "Because freedom of movement will come to an end on or before March 2019, there will be a clear before and after period.

"In the after period we can set the immigration policy that best suits the economy and that best suits the businesses that need foreign labour.

"One of the things that we can really do now is make sure that wages are not undercut."

Alex Murray (Green) said: "Immigration is a concern for people but we would make sure that any policy is humane and fair.

"Immigration comes from workers, asylum seekers and refugees.

"We would look to sort the problems out so that people didn't need to come here to seek asylum and refugee status."

Where do you stand on climate change?

Each of the candidates were asked to give their views on climate change.

Alex Murray (Green) said he would "ensure any Brexit deal keeps environmental protections" to EU standards as a minimum.

He added failure to do so could result in "a bonfire of European rights".

Gary Ling (UKIP) said his party would get rid of the 2008 Climate Change Act – a move he called "absolutely essential" – but added: "What we want is the continued use of renewables as part of an energy policy."

Ian Stotesbury (Liberal Democrats) said climate change was "phenomenally real" and the reason why he got into politics.

He said European protections have to be maintained as a bare minimum.

Richard Harrington (Conservatives) said it was "so obvious what we have to do we have to do with the EU, whether we are in it or out of it as we are so near to them".

Chris Ostrowski (Labour) said he recognised climate change "is real and it is important the Paris targets are stuck to and met".

What will you deliver post-Brexit for Watford?

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Brexit remains a huge issue nationally, but what would Watford's candidates make sure it delivered for the town?

Ian Stotesbury (Liberal Democrats) said Watford had one of the closest counts in the country at the referendum and as such it was "ludicrous to say any MP wouldn't want to listen to everyone on the issue".

He said he would advocate for the single market and properly control migration within that system.

Conservative Richard Harrington said it would be important that businesses in Watford could export and import as they do now, as easily to Berlin as they do to Birmingham.

He said businesses would need to be able to bring in foreign labour when there were not enough people in the UK market to fill positions, but added that Britain couldn't be part of the single market.

Alex Murray, from the Green Party, said the most important thing would be that Britain doesn't lose the rights it has now – such as freedom of movement for workers and environmental protections.

But UKIP's Gary Ling told people not to vote Green "having listened to that".

He said "one of the things we need to understand is that Brexit is a process" and once controls are returned from Europe then regulations restricting business can be removed and new trade agreements made.

Labour’s Chris Ostrowski said having a close relationship with the "key industries" in Watford would be vital so that if they flag up anything in the Brexit process which could damage Watford then he, as MP, could raise it.