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
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A clash of Lord Buckethead and Count Binface, a failed challenger in the race to declare first, and some big political knockouts - there's been a lot going on during election result night.So here are some of the things you might have missed.1. Nicola Sturgeon cheered Jo Swinson's lossIt's not been a great night for the Lib Dems - its leader Jo Swinson lost her Dunbartonshire East seat to the SNP by 149 votes. But someone who appeared to be pretty happy about that was SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon.She was caught on camera cheering - waving her fists in the air - when the results were announced. 2. A recount caused an upset in the bid to be first Sunderland is normally the first to declare its results but in 2017 it lost out to its neighbour Newcastle Central. This year, a new constituency threw its hat into the ring. Blyth Valley wanted to steal the crown and was aiming to declare in 44 minutes.But that result was delayed because it needed a recount (It turned out to be the first shock … [Read more...] about Election results 2019: 13 things you may have missed from election night
The estranged wife of an ex-minister who was involved in a sexting scandal has been elected in his former seat. Kate Griffiths held the Burton seat for the Conservatives, with a majority of 14,496 over Labour's Louise Walker. Last month she was selected for the seat her former husband Andrew Griffiths held for nine years. Ms Griffiths, who had pledged to be an advocate for abuse survivors if elected, said serving the constituency was a "huge privilege". Ms Griffiths, who increased the Tory majority by 4,449, said: "I'm feeling very excited and very, very honoured people of Burton have put their trust in me and elected me as their member of Parliament and I'm ready to get to work on behalf of everybody. "It's quite overwhelming actually for the number of people to have turned out and voted for me. It's a huge privilege, this job."She previously told the BBC she was a candidate with "integrity" who had a "total commitment to the area"."I love this place, it's my home," she said. Updates … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Sexting ex-MP’s estranged wife elected in seat
Nicola Sturgeon maintained throughout the election campaign that she did not want to see Boris Johnson returned to Downing Street as prime minister. But the SNP leader knows that a majority Tory government in Westminster, while Scotland voted very differently, is the result most likely to advance her greatest ambition - independence for Scotland. The party which dominates Scotland is now set on a constitutional collision course with the UK government.The SNP's strongest argument is that Scotland and the rest of UK are moving in different political directions.And that's been vividly demonstrated as England embraces the Tories whilst they have lost votes and lost seats north of the border. Scotland vote share After 59 of 59 seats Party % share SNP Scottish National Party 45.0% CON Conservative 25.1% LAB Labour 18.6% LD Liberal Democrat 9.5% GRN Green 1.0% BRX The Brexit Party 0.5% Scotland vote share change since 2017 After 59 of 59 seats … [Read more...] about Election results 2019: A constitutional collision course in Scotland
Boris Johnson has won a decisive majority, on the back of a big swing from Labour to the Conservatives in Leave-voting Britain. Yet north of the border the SNP dramatically almost swept the board.With almost all results now declared, the prime minister is set to win a majority of 78 seats - the biggest Tory majority since 1987. Meanwhile, at 44%, the party's share of the vote is set to be at its highest since 1979, when Margaret Thatcher became prime minister.Labour, in contrast, finds itself with little more than 200 seats, even fewer than the party won in its previous worst post-war result in 1983.The difference between Leave and Remain seatsHowever, the swing in the Tories' favour varied dramatically across the country. In those seats where more than 60% of voters backed Leave in the 2016 EU referendum, the increase in Conservative support on average was 6%. However, in those seats where more than 55% voted Remain, the party's vote actually fell by three points.In contrast, Labour's … [Read more...] about General Election 2019: What’s behind the Conservative victory?