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

Dorset West

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Chris Loder
    • Votes: 33,589
    • Vote share %: 55.1
    • Vote share change: -0.4
  2. Liberal Democrat
    Edward Morello
    • Votes: 19,483
    • Vote share %: 32.0
    • Vote share change: +8.5
  3. Labour
    Claudia Sorin
    • Votes: 5,729
    • Vote share %: 9.4
    • Vote share change: -8.9
  4. Green
    Kelvin Clayton
    • Votes: 2,124
    • Vote share %: 3.5
    • Vote share change: +0.7

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 14,106
  • Registered voters: 81,897
  • % share:
    74.4%
  • Change since 2017: +1.9

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 55.1%
Liberal Democrat 32.0%
Labour 9.4%
Green 3.5%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Liberal Democrat +8.5 Gained
  • Green +0.7 Gained
  • Conservative -0.4 Lost
  • Labour -8.9 Lost

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MP tells Commons how assistant helped victim

Forbury Gardens memorial event
BBC

West Dorset MP Chris Loder has told MPs how one of his parliamentary assistants carried out CPR on a victim of the Forbury Gardens attack.

He told the commons:"In the same way that (Tobias Ellwood) did so in March 2017, another member of our parliamentary family who, by chance was at Forbury Gardens on Saturday, ran courageously towards danger, his only focus to help the injured."

Mr Loder said his staff member James Antell "not only used his own shirt to stem the bleeding of one victim, but continued resuscitation on a second victim until the paramedics arrived".

He added he was "extremely proud" of his assistant's "remarkable and extraordinary effort".

In response Home Secretary Priti Patel said: "Responding, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: "Can I join with (Mr Loder) a tribute to his assistant and to all other first responders who showed great humility but also that sense of duty in coming together on Saturday in Forbury Gardens to respond and prevent the further loss of life."

West Dorset Conservatives 'diverged on Brexit'

Chris Loder
BBC

West Dorset's new Conservative MP has praised his predecessor after he retained the safe Tory seat.

Sir Oliver Letwin, chief agitator in the last Parliament for extending Article 50 and delaying Brexit until No Deal had been ruled out, stepped down after 22 years.

Chris Loder won the seat with 55.1% of the votes.

"Its an enormous honour and I'll go to Westminster on Monday to deliver the democratic will and I'm absolutely determined to do that.

"Sir Oliver Letwin has done an enormous amount of work as a constituency MP helping people with their issues and challenges. We diverged on our position of Brexit but I'm here as the MP for West Dorset to make sure we do get Brexit done."

Dorset West: Conservative hold

Chris Loder has been elected MP for Dorset West, meaning that the Conservative Party holds the seat with a decreased majority.

The new MP beat Liberal Democrat Edward Morello by 14,106 votes. This was less than three quarters Oliver Letwin’s 19,091 vote majority in the 2017 general election.

Claudia Sorin of the Labour Party came third and the Green Party's Kelvin Clayton came fourth.

Voter turnout was up by 2.8 percentage points since the last general election.

Nearly 61,000 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.

One of the four candidates, Kelvin Clayton (Green) lost his £500 deposit after failing to win 5% of the vote.

This story was created using some automation.

BreakingConservatives hold Dorset West

Chris Loder will be heading to to the House of Commons but his had his majority in Dorset West is reduced from the one his predecessor, Oliver Letwin, had.

Dorset's solid blue electoral landscape

Tristan Pascoe

BBC Radio Solent political reporter

It’s unlikely there will be any huge electoral surprises in Dorset, with all eight seats held by the Conservatives, and none considered as marginal.

Two constituencies (Christchurch, North Dorset) have Tory majorities of more than 25,000. But it doesn’t mean there won’t be anything of interest to watch for.

Take Christchurch which Sir Christopher Chope has held since 1997. During the last Parliament, was branded a "dinosaur" after blocking bills on upskirting and demale genital mutilation - his own constituency association was split over him being adopted again as the Conservative candidate.

The Lib Dems say Mid Dorset and North Poole (held for them by them Annette Brooke 2001 - 2015) is a key target seat for them.

The national Labour narrative of the NHS has featured locally with many candidates in the Bournemouth Poole Christchurch conurbation opposed to the reorganisation of health services locally and the moving of A&E from Poole to Bournemouth.

There will definitely be at least one new MP in the county though. Sir Oliver Letwin, chief agitator for extending Article 50 and delaying Brexit until No Deal had been ruled out, has stepped down from his West Dorset seat after 22 years.

Boris Johnson’s main message of Get Brexit Done was in many senses preaching to the converted in Dorset - where every single electoral district in the county voted to Leave in the 2016 referendum.

Dorset West: Conservative Hold

Election Graphic
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