UK election live news: Shapps and Chalk lose seats in Tory wipeout; Farage wins in Clacton; Starmer says it is time for Labour ‘to deliver’

Grant Shapps, the defence secretary, has lost his seat in Welwyn Hatfield.

He was beaten by Labour’s Andrew Lewin, who got 19,877 votes (41%). Shapps got 16,078 votes (33%).

The BBC has now revised its forecast for the final result, based on the constituencies that have already counted.

Here are the new figures, with the exit poll figures in brackets.

Labour: 405 (410)

Conservatives: 154 (131)

Liberal Democrats: 56 (61)

SNP: 6 (10)

Reform UK: 4 (13)

Plaid Cymru: 4 (4)

Greens: 2 (2)

Others: 19 (18 Northern Ireland MP plus one independent, Jeremy Corbyn)

Majority: 160 (170)

This would still be the worst Conservative party result in their history, in terms on number of seats, but it would by only two seats worse than the previous record low, 156 seats in the 1906 election.

Thangam Debbonaire, the shadow secretary for culture, media and sport, has lost her Bristol Central seat, becoming the second shadow cabinet minister to be beaten.

Carla Denyer, one of the Green party’s co-leaders, has won the seat.

Gillian Keegan, the education secretary, has lost her seat in Chichester.

The Lib Dems have won the seat with a majority of 12,172 votes.

Labour has gained Lichfield from the Conservatives, meaning Michael Fabricant has lost his seat.

Here are full results for Lichfield, according to PA media;

Lab win – gain from notional CDave Robertson (Lab) 17,232 (35.09%)+Sir Michael Fabricant (C) 16,422 (33.44%)Richard Howard (Reform) 9,734 (19.82%)Paul Ray (LD) 3,572 (7.27%)Heather McNeillis (Green) 1,724 (3.51%)Pete Longman (Ind) 322 (0.66%)John Madden (ND) 98 (0.20%)Lab maj 810 (1.65%)Notional 22.37% swing C to Lab3.50% boundary changeElectorate 76,118; Turnout 49,104 (64.51%)2019 notional: C maj 22,609 (43.09%) – Turnout 52,465 (71.05%)C 33,638 (64.12%); Lab 11,029 (21.02%); LD 5,528 (10.54%); Green1,702 (3.24%); Others 568 (1.08%)

In his victory speech in Clacton Nigel Farage, the Reform UK leader, said what his party had achieved in just four weeks was ‘“truly extraordinary”.

To come second in so many seats showed something fundamental was happening, he said.

Referring to a big rally he held at the NEC in Birmingham, he said that showed that his plan to build a national movement to challenge Labour was credible.

Labour would be in trouble very quickly, he said

He went on:

Believe me folks, this is just the first step of something that is going to stun all of you.

Karin Smyth has held Bristol South for Labour in the first result announced for the city.

Smith, who has represented the constituency since 2015, won 18,521 votes, comfortably beating the Green Party to second place, with 10,855 votes.

Turnout was 57.7% in the constituency. Smyth most recently served as shadow health minister.

Smyth’s neighbouring constituency, Bristol Central, is set to be declared later this morning at the same count centre, with the exit poll suggesting the Green Party’s co-leader Carla Denyer will win in a major upset to Labour rival Thangam Debbonaire.

Reform UK has gained Great Yarmouth from the Conservatives, the party’s third win of the night.

The Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar has said, “I am confident we will have a majority in Scotland and we can start the process of change tomorrow.

“The first stage is getting rid of a 14 year Tory government that has done so much damage to our country. That hard works tomorrow. The second stage would be looking towards Scottish parliament, parliamentary elections in 2026.”

First results from Glasgow not expected for at least an hour but the SNP camp is downbeat as they look like losing five of the sixth seats judging by the piles of ballot papers marked Labour in the arena.

In his victory speech Jeremy Corbyn said he fought a “positive campaign”. The political system must produce answers for social problems, he said. Demonising asylum seekers is not the answer, he said.

He said he was proud of his constituency for standing up for a “kinder, gentler, more inclusive politics”.

And Nigel Farage, the Reform UK leader, has finally been elected an MP. This was his eighth attempt (although he claimed only his second serious attempt).

He won Clacton with 21,225. He beat Giles Watling, the Conservative who had a majority of 24,702 at the last election, but who tonight got just 12,820. (Boundary changes only had a minor impact on the compostition of the constituency.

Farage’s majority was 8,405.

 

Updated: Juli 5, 2024 — 2:53 am

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