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

Witham

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Priti Patel
    • Votes: 32,876
    • Vote share %: 66.6
    • Vote share change: +2.3
  2. Labour
    Martin Edobor
    • Votes: 8,794
    • Vote share %: 17.8
    • Vote share change: -8.6
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Sam North
    • Votes: 4,584
    • Vote share %: 9.3
    • Vote share change: +3.8
  4. Green
    James Abbott
    • Votes: 3,090
    • Vote share %: 6.3
    • Vote share change: +2.5

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 24,082
  • Registered voters: 70,402
  • % share:
    70.1%
  • Change since 2017: -1.1

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 66.6%
Labour 17.8%
Liberal Democrat 9.3%
Green 6.3%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Liberal Democrat +3.8 Gained
  • Green +2.5 Gained
  • Conservative +2.3 Gained
  • Labour -8.6 Lost

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How the Essex media is reporting the election

The Daily Gazette reports how Conservative Will Quince "stormed to victory" in Colchester securing the backing of more than half of the town’s voters.

"I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has put their trust and faith in me," he said.

It also reports how home secretary Priti Patel "issued a rallying cry" after holding onto her Witham seat.

"It is clear the British people have spoken and they have shown and wanted Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party to break the gridlock we have seen in British politics in the last three years, to get Brexit done and to unleash the potential of our great, great country again," she told the paper.

Turnouts in Essex

Here are the final turnout figures for the Essex constituencies:

Basildon and Billericay 63.1% (65% in 2017)

Braintree 67.1% (69.5% in 2017)

Brentwood and Ongar 70.4% (70.5% in 2017)

Castle Point 63.6% (64.4% in 2017)

Chelmsford 71% (70.2% in 2017)

Clacton 61.3% (64.4% in 2017)

Colchester 64.4% (66.9% in 2017)

Epping Forest 68% (68% in 2017)

Harlow 63.7% (66.2% in 2017)

Harwich and North Essex 70.5% (71.1% in 2017)

Maldon 69.4% (70.2% in 2017)

Rayleigh and Wickford 69.5% (70.4% in 2017)

Rochford and Southend East 61.25% (64.3% in 2017)

Saffron Walden 72.5% (73.3% in 2017)

South Basildon and Thurrock East 60.8% (64.1% in 2017)

Southend West 67.8% (64.4% in 2017)

Thurrock 59.6% (64.4% in 2017)

Witham 70.1% (71.2% in 2017)

Witham: Conservative hold

Home Secretary Priti Patel has been re-elected as the MP for Witham, with an increased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Labour's Martin Edobor by 24,082 votes, 5,436 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election.

Sam North of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's James Abbott came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 1.1 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 49,000 people, 70.1% of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.

All four candidates keep their deposits, after receiving more than 5% of the votes.

This story was created using some automation.

BreakingWitham: Conservative hold

Home Secretary Priti Patel retains her seat.

Polling station problems

Some voters headed to the polls this morning to find their polling station had moved.

In Witham, the seat held by Home Secretary Priti Patel (Con) before the election, Templars School did not take its role as a polling station this year and some people contacted the BBC to say they had not been told.

Braintree District Council apologised for any inconvenience and said letters had been delivered to warn people of the change, including by hand to those who had not received them by election day, while signs were put up at the school at 06:30.

Witham MP Priti Patel elected to Foreign Affairs Select Committee

Priti Patel, the Conservative MP for Witham, has been elected by her colleagues to serve as a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.

“With Britain leaving the EU and our role in the world changing, I want to see our country make the most of the new opportunities we will have," Ms Patel said.

Last November, Ms Patel resigned as UK international development secretary amid controversy over unauthorised meetings with Israeli officials

Priti Patel MP
UK Dept for International Development

Priti Patel: What's all the fuss about?

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Voters will be forgiven if they feel underwhelmed by the row over Witham MP Priti Patel's holiday to Israel.

She was on a family holiday which she paid for herself and she chose to meet a few officials while out there.

Personally I can think of better ways of spending my holiday, but Ms Patel is a long-standing supporter of Israel and a former vice-chairman of Conservative Friends of Israel.

The problem is that if senior ministers hold meetings abroad they're supposed to tell the Foreign Office which, understandably, wants to ensure that the British Government is speaking with the same voice.

So she failed to follow procedures and that deserves a wrap on the knuckles.

But the added problem is that when the press started asking questions she was slow to respond, and then gave an answer which suggested that the Foreign Office had known about the trip before she went and she had only met a handful of people.

Now we know that the Foreign Office only found out about the trip once it was under way and she met a total of 12 people, including the Israeli prime minister.

It all seems a little odd - why hold so many meetings on a private holiday and why appear so secretive about them? That's why Labour is calling for a full investigation.

Ms Patel has apologised and says she can now see how her enthusiasm "could have been misread".

But it's another awkward story for a government which is already fielding a number of other embarrassing stories.

Some prime ministers would sack a colleague for this. Theresa May probably knows that firing a key Brexiteer would cause her even more problems.

So Priti Patel is likely to stay in her job. She'll just be hoping that no more embarrassing stories emerge.