The Conservatives swept aside Labour in its traditional heartlands as the party headed for its biggest majority since the 1980s. As the night unfolded, so did the drama.From stunning victories and losses to marooned ballot boxes, there were some standout moments across England in the 2019 general election.The action got under way in the North East when Newcastle beat rival Sunderland to reveal the first result of the night - and that region is where the early focus remained.An early shockThe first evidence that something dramatic was happening saw a shock in Blyth Valley, a former mining area and Labour heartland since 1950, which was taken by the Conservatives.Ian Levy got 17,440 votes, beating the Labour candidate by more than 700.BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg called it "remarkable" and a "symbolic moment". And from there, the Tories continued their sweep of the North.Tensions boiled over during John McDonnell speechA scuffle broke out as Labour shadow chancellor John … [Read more...] about General election 2019: The standout moments across England
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Boris Johnson will return to Downing Street with a big majority after the Conservatives swept aside Labour in the general election.In Wales, the Tories have claimed six key seats from Labour.Sarah Atherton won in Wrexham, followed by Virginia Crosbie taking Ynys Mon and Fay Jones in Brecon and Radnorshire.Labour remain the biggest party, while Plaid Cymru held its four seats, but the Lib Dems have been wiped out after Jane Dodds was ousted by Fay Jones.Tories claim big scalps in Wales election resultsBut with a huge majority for Mr Johnson in Westminster, what does this mean for Wales?Decisions on education in Wales are made by the Welsh Government, so in theory whoever is in Downing Street after the election will not change anything here. But in politics, nothing is quite that clear-cut. Putting aside decisions on funding, and cash which could come to Wales as a result of that, Mr Johnson's policies on universities may have the most direct impact. He is non-committal at the moment, … [Read more...] about General election 2019: What does a Tory win mean for Wales?
The Brexit Party has "killed the Liberal Democrats and hurt the Labour Party", Nigel Farage has claimed.Forecasting by the BBC suggests the Conservatives will win 364 MPs in the 2019 general election - 46 more than at the 2017 election.Labour is expected to win 203 seats and the Lib Dems gain one to have 12. The Brexit Party looks unlikely to get any.But Mr Farage said he was happy with his "influence", and that his party had killed off hopes of another referendum.Speaking to the BBC after the announcement of the exit poll results, he said the Conservatives would win or come close in dozens of seats where they otherwise would not have done without the Brexit Party taking thousands of votes (from their opponents).He added: "I killed the Liberal Democrats and I hurt the Labour Party."Meanwhile, Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice failed in his bid to win the constituency of Hartlepool.MEP Mr Tice received 10,603 votes - around a thousand fewer than the Conservative candidate and nearly … [Read more...] about Election results 2019: Brexit Party ‘killed Lib Dems and hurt Labour’ – Farage
The SNP has taken two seats from the Conservatives in north east Scotland.Stephen Flynn won Aberdeen South, beating Douglas Lumsden who was trying to retain the seat after Ross Thomson stood down.And Richard Thomson was elected in Gordon, at the expense of Colin Clark.The SNP's Kirsty Blackman held Aberdeen North, while Conservatives Douglas Ross, Andrew Bowie, and David Duguid retained Moray, Aberdeenshire West and Kincardine, and Banff and Buchan.Lib Dem Alistair Carmichael held Orkney and Shetland, the final seat to declare in Scotland at about 06:00.Mr Flynn revealed he is due to become a father at the weekend, so had not known which would come first - the election result or his first child. Scotland After 59 of 59 seats Scottish National Party SNP 48 seats , +13 seats compared to 2017 Conservative CON 6 seats , -7 seats compared to 2017 Liberal Democrat LD 4 seats , +0 seats compared to 2017 Labour LAB 1 seats , -6 seats compared to 2017 … [Read more...] about Scotland election results 2019: SNP takes seats in Aberdeen and Gordon
The estranged wife of a former Tory MP who sent thousands of sexual messages to two women has been selected as the candidate for his seat.Andrew Griffiths, 49, who is standing down from frontline politics, has said he is backing his wife, Kate.She was selected as the Tory candidate for Burton on Thursday.However, Mrs Griffiths said she was divorcing her husband, and had not sought, and does not accept, his offer of political support.Mr Griffiths resigned as small business minister in July after a newspaper reported he sent the women more than 2,000 messages in 21 days, weeks after the birth of his first child.He was cleared of wrongdoing by the parliamentary standards watchdog, which said it found no evidence he sent the messages while engaged in parliamentary activities.A Conservative party investigation found he may have breached the Conservatives' code of conduct but said "given his state of mental health both now and at the time" further action would be inappropriate.In a … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Kate Griffiths selected as Burton Tory candidate