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

Westmorland & Lonsdale

Parliamentary constituency

LD HOLD

Results

  1. Liberal Democrat
    Tim Farron
    • Votes: 25,795
    • Vote share %: 48.9
    • Vote share change: +3.1
  2. Conservative
    James Airey
    • Votes: 23,861
    • Vote share %: 45.3
    • Vote share change: +0.9
  3. Labour
    Phillip Black
    • Votes: 2,293
    • Vote share %: 4.4
    • Vote share change: -4.9
  4. The Brexit Party
    Steven Bolton
    • Votes: 763
    • Vote share %: 1.4
    • Vote share change: +1.4

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • LD majority: 1,934
  • Registered voters: 67,789
  • % share:
    77.8%
  • Change since 2017: -0.1

Vote share

Party % share
Liberal Democrat 48.9%
Conservative 45.3%
Labour 4.4%
The Brexit Party 1.4%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Liberal Democrat +3.1 Gained
  • The Brexit Party +1.4 Gained
  • Conservative +0.9 Gained
  • Labour -4.9 Lost

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North MPs back virus deaths compensation scheme

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

Farron: School closures 'right decision'

Ewan Murrie

Reporter

Tim Farron has said he supports the government's decision to shut schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Farron, who's the Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, said it had become "increasingly untenable" to keep schools open.

But he also said he understood why closing schools was a difficult decision, because some children could be looked after by grandparents at a result, potentially exposing them to the virus.

He said: "Young people, whilst they might not get very ill from the virus, never the less they could be carriers of it."

Tim Farron
BBC

Cumbrian MP self-isolating after family member shows symptoms

MP Tim Farron says he's self-isolating for the next 14 days after a member of his family developed coronavirus symptoms.

Mr Farron, who's the Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, says he's got no symptoms himself and will be working at home.

His constituency surgeries will now be held on the phone, and there's more information on his website.

Tim Farron
BBC

Farron says Lib Dem's policy on Brexit was not 'all that clever'

The former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, has told the BBC he doubted his party's stance on Brexit in the run up to last week's general election.

I did not feel that it was all that clever to state that you would simply revoke Article 50.

Offering people the chance to have a final say on Mr Johnson's deal... is absolutely right, absolutely democratic."

Tim Farron MPLiberal Democrat

In an interview with BBC Radio Cumbria, Mr Farron went on to say that by saying the party would revoke Article 50, his party "put more people off than it attracted".

Mr Farron was returned as the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale in Thursday's election, making him the only MP in the county who is not a Conservative.

Tim Farron
BBC

'Get Brexit Done message cut through in Cumbria'

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

Right at the outset of the election, we were told Workington Man - a rugby league-loving leave voter - would be crucial to the outcome.

He was someone the Conservatives needed to nab from Labour. And it seems the Tories did win over more than enough Workington men (as well as some women of course).

In the end, they comfortably took a seat they'd only previously held for three out of the last 100 years, removing Labour's Shadow Environment Secretary, Sue Hayman.

The new MP Mark Jenkinson is pretty much the model of the Workington man they had to appeal to, so he probably knew a thing or two about how to reach them.

Add in the Tory victory in Barrow, and Labour are left without a single seat in Cumbria. Lib Dem Tim Farron's Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency is now the only part of the county that isn't true blue.

As in the rest of the North, the Get Brexit Done message seems to have cut through, with Jeremy Corbyn also deeply unpopular on the doorstep.

There's a test ahead though. Brexit could pose problems for the county's industry, and its agriculture. The tourist trade relies on migrant labour. The Conservatives will need to consider these factors as they work out what getting Brexit done actually means.

And their new and old constituents will also expect the party to make good on promises to invest more in the North.

But the county could also get money and powers passed on from London in a renewed push for devolution. They will come with strings attached though - the need to have an election for a Cumbria-wide mayor.

Another poll on last night's showing the Conservatives would hope to win.

General election 2019: The story for Cumbria

If you're just waking up, here is what happened in Cumbria overnight:

  • Labour lost Workington and Barrow to the Conservatives which means the party now has no seats in Cumbria
  • The Conservatives kept hold of Carlisle, Copeland and Penrith and the Border
  • Liberal Democrat Tim Farron retained his Westmorland and Lonsdale seat
Conservative Mark Jenkinson took Workington from Labour
BBC

Westmorland & Lonsdale: Liberal Democrat hold

Former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has been re-elected as the MP for Westmorland & Lonsdale, with an increased majority.

The Liberal Democrat candidate beat Conservative James Airey by 1,934 votes, more than double his majority at the 2017 election.

Phillip Black of the Labour Party came third and the Brexit Party's Steven Bolton came fourth.

Voter turnout was barely changed - down by 0.1 percentage points - since the last general election.

Nearly 53,000 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 four candidates, Phillip Black (Labour) and Steven Bolton (Brexit Party) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

This story was created using some automation.

BreakingFarron holds on to Westmorland seat

Emily Unia

BBC reporter

Tim Farron holds Westmorland & Lonsdale and slightly increases his majority:

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