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

Wells

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    James Heappey
    • Votes: 33,336
    • Vote share %: 54.1
    • Vote share change: +4.0
  2. Liberal Democrat
    Tessa Munt
    • Votes: 23,345
    • Vote share %: 37.9
    • Vote share change: +0.3
  3. Labour
    Kama McKenzie
    • Votes: 4,304
    • Vote share %: 7.0
    • Vote share change: -4.7
  4. Independent
    Dave Dobbs
    • Votes: 373
    • Vote share %: 0.6
    • Vote share change: +0.6
  5. Motherworld Party
    Susie Quatermass
    • Votes: 270
    • Vote share %: 0.4
    • Vote share change: +0.4

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 9,991
  • Registered voters: 84,124
  • % share:
    73.2%
  • Change since 2017: -0.6

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 54.1%
Liberal Democrat 37.9%
Labour 7.0%
Independent 0.6%
Motherworld Party 0.4%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Conservative +4.0 Gained
  • Independent +0.6 Gained
  • Motherworld Party +0.4 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat +0.3 Gained
  • Labour -4.7 Lost

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West MPs send well wishes to Prime Minister

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MPs from across the West have been tweeting their support to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has spent the night in intensive care with coronavirus.

Wells MP James Heappey said: "He is in the best possible hands and there is no better place for him to be as he battles against Covid-19.

"Kate and I are sending all our love and cares to Boris and Carrie. We hope that he'll make a quick recovery and that they'll be reunited as soon as possible."

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Wells MP appointed minister for defence procurement

James Heappey
BBC

The MP for Wells, James Heappey, has been appointed as Minister for Defence Procurement by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

Mr Heappey was re-elected as Wells' MP last week.

He said: “In a changing world, with so many threats to our national security, I am honoured to be joining the ministerial team at the Ministry of Defence.

James Heappey MPMinister for Defence Procurement & Wells MP

Wells: Conservative hold

James Heappey has been re-elected as the MP for Wells, with an increased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt by 9,991 votes, 2,409 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election.

Kama McKenzie of the Labour Party came third and independent candidate Dave Dobbs came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 0.6 percentage points since the last general election.

Nearly 62,000 people, roughly three-quarters 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, Dave Dobbs (independent) and Susie Quatermass (Motherworld Party) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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BreakingWells: Con hold

James Heappey
BBC

Conservative James Heappey has been re-elected as the MP for Wells.

In his victory speech he said: "Parties need to work together now."

Election 'became a second Brexit referendum'

Clinton Rogers

BBC Points West reporter

Labour candidate for Wells Kama McKenzie
BBC

Labour's candidate in Wells, Kama McKenzie, said that the election became a "second Brexit referendum".

Conservative James Heappey also said he is confident of victory in Wells, probably with an increased majority.

Expect him to strike a conciliatory tone in his speech. No "chest thumping".

Tessa Munt: Tory victory will be 'disaster' for rural areas

Clinton Rogers

BBC Points West reporter

Tessa Munt
BBC

Tessa Munt, the Liberal Democrat candidate, has arrived in Wells. She said she had been expecting a Boris victory but not by this amount.

She said it would be "a disaster for rural areas"

"The Tories don’t care for people who live outside big towns and cities," she said.

She added that she expects to lose to James Heappey, who is Boris Johnson’s Parliamentary Private Secretary

Labour in Wells stand by their man - but who is cleaning up?

Clinton Rogers

BBC Points West reporter

Labour supporters in Wells say the result nationally is a "disaster" for the country. But they stick by the party leader.

Labour supporter Emma King said the national predictions are unbelievably awful "but I stick by Jeremy Corbyn".

Emma King
BBC

But who is going to clean up?

Cleaning up
BBC

Will Wells signal a Lib Dem revival?

Wells Cathedral
Chris Buet/Geograph

At the last election Wells constituents voted blue, with a 12.5% majority and a 4% swing to the Conservatives. But there were also 4.9% and 5.1% swings respectively to the Lib Dems and Labour. There was a 73.8% turnout to vote.

It had been billed –by the Independent- as “the seat that would measure the Lib Dem revival”.

In the EU Referendum locally 53.63% voted Leave, 46.37% Remain.

By far the largest age groups here are the 65s+, at more than 25%. 14.2% of the population are aged 55-65.

But 16% of the population are aged 16-35 – a key voter target group.