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

Wolverhampton South West

Parliamentary constituency

CON GAIN FROM LAB

Results

  1. Conservative
    Stuart Anderson
    • Votes: 19,864
    • Vote share %: 48.3
    • Vote share change: +4.1
  2. Labour
    Eleanor Smith
    • Votes: 18,203
    • Vote share %: 44.3
    • Vote share change: -5.1
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Bart Ricketts
    • Votes: 2,041
    • Vote share %: 5.0
    • Vote share change: +3.1
  4. The Brexit Party
    Leo Grandison
    • Votes: 1,028
    • Vote share %: 2.5
    • Vote share change: +2.5

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 1,661
  • Registered voters: 60,534
  • % share:
    68.0%
  • Change since 2017: -2.7

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 48.3%
Labour 44.3%
Liberal Democrat 5.0%
The Brexit Party 2.5%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Conservative +4.1 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat +3.1 Gained
  • The Brexit Party +2.5 Gained
  • Labour -5.1 Lost

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'It's not all about Brexit'

Stuart Anderson, the new Conservative MP for Wolverhampton South West, said Brexit wasn't the only issue that came up during campaigning.

He beat Labour's Eleanor Smith by 1,661 votes last night.

Eleanor Smith and Stuart Anderson
BBC

So although this [Brexit] was important... people were still interested in crime, NHS, how we invest in that, how we look at education and how we look at what's important to people's everyday lives."

Stuart AndersonConservative MP for Wolverhampton South West

In the 2016 referendum, 54.4% of people in the constituency voted to leave the EU, lower than some neighbouring areas.

In Wolverhampton South East, 67.7% of voters backed leave.

How Wolverhampton voted

Yesterday's vote marked the third general election in less than five years.

Looking at results for the two main parties across all three Wolverhampton constituencies, it shows how the Conservatives have crept up on Labour since 2015.

Graphic
BBC

Analysis: 'Vindication of Tory strategy to reach out to working-class voters'

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

This landmark election transforms the political map of the West Midlands.

Nine Conservative gains, now giving them virtually a clean sweep of all the seats in what had been Labour's core constituencies in Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton and West Bromwich will be seen as a vindication of the Tories' strategy to reach out to working-class voters, especially in places that registered large leave majorities in the referendum.

Gareth Snell
UK Parliament

For Labour, the Birmingham Perry Barr MP and Shadow Europe Minister Khalid Mahmood and the defeated candidate in Stoke-on-Trent Central Gareth Snell (pictured) were among the first to call for the party leader Jeremy Corbyn to stand down.

It's a disappointing result for the Liberal Democrats who had no West Midlands MPs in the last Parliament and they continue to fail to make serious inroads here.

Overturning Labour majority 'not easy'

New Conservative Wolverhampton South West MP Stuart Anderson admits it "hasn’t been easy", after he turned Labour's majority of more than 2,000 into a Tory majority of 1,661.

Wolverhampton
BBC

The ex-soldier turned technology entrepreneur beat the former nurse and president of the Unison union, Eleanor Smith, who had been the MP since 2017.

The Conservatives' joy in the city [pictured] also included Jane Stevenson taking Wolverhampton North East from Emma Reynolds.

Following his win, Mr Anderson told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: "We’ve had a strong campaign and the results on the doorstep were good. It hasn’t been easy and we’ve spent a year on it.

"I want to represent the people in the constituency and give them a voice, making sure no-one is left behind. Wolverhampton has got a great history and a great heritage.

"It’s my intention to represent every single part of Wolverhampton South West."

Wolverhampton South West: Conservative gain

Stuart Anderson has been elected as the MP for Wolverhampton South West, beating Labour's Eleanor Smith by 1,661 votes.

The Conservative Party overturned a 2,185 vote majority to take the formerly Labour-held seat.

Bart Ricketts of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Brexit Party's Leo Grandison came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 3.1 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 41,000 people, roughly two-thirds 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, Leo Grandison (The Brexit Party) lost his £500 deposit after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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BreakingResult: Conservative gain in Wolverhampton South West

The Conservatives have taken Wolverhampton South West from Labour with a majority of 1,661 votes.

The constituency's new MP, Stuart Anderson, takes over from Eleanor Smith, who was the West Midlands' first black female MP and has held the seat since 2017.

What do voters want in Wolverhampton?

Lisa Wright

BBC News

It's too close to call in two out of the three Wolverhampton constituencies at the moment - Wolverhampton North East looks set to be claimed from Labour by the Conservatives, but it's too early to tell how the city's other two seats will end up.

We've been speaking to voters in the Black Country city including pub landlord Gavin Craig who told us he hoped the new government would "heal divisions".

Gavin Craig
BBC

Wolverhampton is a city that is at odds with itself. It has neighbourhoods with huge deprivation, yet is also home to a number of leafy, affluent suburbs.

In 2016, 62.6% voters backed Leave. Yet it was represented by three Remain-supporting Labour MPs, although that could change tonight.

We also spoke to first-time voter Effy Carey who told us she wants the next government to do more to help homeless people.

Effy Carey
BBC

"I care about homelessness, just helping people, communities helping each other. I just want to be able to have a say," she said.