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  1. As it happened: Reaction and results from the general & local elections in the South West

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Goodnight

That's all from the BBC's Election Results Live: South West team.

We will be back on Monday with a full round up of the day's news, sport, weather and travel and we hope you can join us then.

Thomas thanks the voters in West Cornwall

Andy Birkett

Reporter, BBC Spotlight

The new

MP for St Ives, Derek Thomas, completed the clean sweep of Tory constituencies in Cornwall when he ended Andrew George's 18 year grip on the seat.

Derek Thomas
BBC

He told

BBC Radio Cornwall, "Thank you for putting your trust in me, I will not take that for granted. I am ready for the task ahead and looking forward to taking up the role and the great privilege of serving you."

'Nothing more important' than Flora Day

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

For thousands of Cornish folk, today was not about finding out who won the general election, but Flora Day.

Flora Day
BBC

Despite the soggy conditions, the streets of Helston were thronged with spectators for the Hal an Tow, children and midday dances.

Turning drier for tomorrow's Ten Tors

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

It will stay breezy overnight, especially near the coast, with showers clearing away east during the evening to leave a mostly dry and clear night. It will turn cold under prolonged clear periods with a touch of frost. Minimum Temperature: 2 Deg C (36 Deg F).

Weather graphic
BBC

It will be mostly dry tomorrow with plenty of sunny spells and just fair weather cloud. It will feel cool in the breeze though, especially along the coast. Maximum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F).

Exeter City Council results in

Exeter City Councils leading Labour group are first to have majority of female councillors. #5050Parliament

Exeter City Council make-up
Exeter City Council

Veterans remember VE Day

BBC Spotlight

Veteran Fred Colton, 92, is enjoying

VE Day celebrations at a pop-in event organised by the Royal British Legion in Plymouth.

VE day celebrations
BBC

It is one of a number of events being held across the South West to mark 70 years since Victory in Europe was declared, marking the formal conclusion of Hitler's war. With it came the end of six years of misery, suffering, courage and endurance across the world.

UKIP reaction

UKIP candidates in Devon & Cornwall are reflecting on a campaign that saw many increase their votes, some even achieving second place, but overall the party failed to win a single south west seat.

ukip
BBC

Robert Smith stood for UKIP in the

Camborne, Redruth & Hayle seat, where he was third. He said: "I wish we'd done better across the country but I think there was a Conservative rip tide from the borders down and nobody seemed to be able to do anything about it."

No cherry on top for Greens

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

We asked

North Cornwall Green Party candidate Amanda Pennington for her reaction to her fifth place with 2,063 votes.

cake
Amanda Pennington

In what's surely the tastiest-looking post-election response, she simply

tweets: cake making everything better

Andrew George 'devastated'

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Former Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George, who has become the last Liberal Democrat to lose his

St Ives seat to the Conservatives, told us he is "devastated", adding: "I'm not walking away from this constituency, I was born and brought up in it."

Andrew George
BBC

"Clearly there was nothing which we could do to counteract the tsunami which was taking place against us, this was a national movement, there were forces beyond our control", the clearly emotional politician said.

Tudor Evans retains his council seat

Andy Birkett

Reporter, BBC Spotlight

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans has kept his Ham ward seat.

Tudor Evans
BBC

His Labour party hold a one seat majority and there are 19 seats available in this election. The first few results are now in with Labour retaining Honicknowle and Drake and the Conservatives retaining the Plymstock Radford and Plympton Erle seats.

Torbay Mayor election

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

The Returning Officer's table at the Torbay Mayoral count, where they paused for a two-minute silence to commemorate VE Day.

Torbay mayor count
BBC

Full coverage on

BBC Radio Devon with
David Fitzgerald from 17:00.

BreakingBreaking News

Andrew George loses his West Cornwall seat

Liberal Democrat Andrew George has lost his

St Ives seat which he had held since 1997.

Derek Thomas
BBC

Conservative candidate Derek Thomas (pictured) was announced as the winner by a majority of 2,469, making Cornwall completely blue.

One count remains

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter

It's officially the last count in the country.

Carn brea election count
BBC

So will St Ives make it 331 for the Tories? Or can the Liberal Democrats hang on? Results are expected soon.

Ready for the count in the Plymouth City Council election

Andy Birkett

Reporter, BBC Spotlight

The scene is set for the count in the Plymouth City Council election.

Plymouth City Council election
BBC

The City Council holds elections by thirds, which means a third of seats are contested each year for three years, followed by a 'fallow' year, when no elections are held.

There are nineteen seats up for grabs this time around. As it stands, Labour have 29 seats on the council and the Conservatives have 24.

Latest election headlines

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

  • The Conservatives sweep to victory across the South West.
  • Labour has just one local seat - Exeter - which has been held by Ben Bradshaw.
  • The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg quits as leader of the party as south west Lib Dems tell us they are "guttted" about their huge losses overnight.

A Liberal Democrat wipe-out

Martyn Oates

Political editor, South West

If you look at the collapse of the Lib Dem vote, it's been quite spectacular in some local seats dropping by almost 30%, but you should also bear in mind the Conservatives haven't only made gains at the expense of the Lib Dems.

oates
BBC

In Plymouth, which is traditionally a Conservative/Labour contest, Labour has lost a seat to the Conservatives and the Tories have also held on to a seat Labour thought they were very well placed to gain - that could have something to do with the rise in the UKIP vote in Plymouth.

Now it's Plymouth City Council's turn

The Western Morning News

tweets: Elections count starts for @plymouthcc elections. Will @CouncillorTudor hang on to his seat and leadership of the council? #SWElections

A millstone around his neck?

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

What would you do if knew you'd be the last Liberal Democrat to discover your fate?

george
BBC

For Andrew George in

St Ives, the answer was simple - dress up as the patron saint of tinners, St Piran - and dance through the streets of Helston as part of Flora Day.

The Lib Dem veteran said: "What's more important - the general election or Flora Day in Helston? It's Flora Day isn't it! I've always taken part, as soon as I realised the count wasn't going to be until much later I promised I would be here."

Ed says goodbye

BBC Radio Devon's political reporter Jenny Kumah

tweets: Ed Miliband is the third party leader to resign today. The "unlikely cult" of Milifandom not enough to help Lab win

Devon 'decides' in the local elections

Andy Birkett

Reporter, BBC Spotlight

Eyes in Devon are also on the local council elections today. Plymouth turned blue following the General Election results but will Plymouth City Council stay red?

Gordon Oliver
BBC

The Mayoral election is taking place in Torbay with Gordon Oliver,

, looking to be re-elected.

We will bring you all the results as they happen this afternoon.

MK 'disappointed'

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

The leader of Mebyon Kernow Dick Cole has been reflecting on a disappointing general election performance by the Party for Cornwall.

He

wrote in his blog: "I believe that, together, we ran a good campaign. Our literature was good, the hustings went well, we worked hard and the feedback was extremely positive and yet, as in the 2010 General Election, this did not translate into a significant vote."

Of his failure in the

St Austell & Newquay contest, he wrote: "I came sixth and I am disappointed that I only polled a total of 2,063 votes, up slightly on the 2,007 votes I achieved in 2010, but down 0.2% in terms of the share of the overall vote at 4.1%."

A sea of blue

BBC Spotlight

The once golden heartland has been turned predominantly blue by last night's election.

Election graphic
BBC

The Liberal Democrats were swept aside by the Conservatives, with the exception of the Exeter seat which has been held by Ben Bradshaw for Labour. The St Ives constituency result is the only one still to be declared - that's due around 16:00.

New Tory MP thanks

The newly-elected MP for St Austell & Newquay Steve Double

tweets: So humbled and grateful. Could never of dreamt of 20250 votes and 8000 majority. Thank you! Now the real work begins. #staustellnewquay

St Ives count under way

Cornwall Council

tweets: Count about to begin at Carn Brea now. The turnout is 71.9 percent, There were 48,393 votes cast from electorate of 67,282 #cornwalldecides

Sad faces for Labour

Labour's only surviving MP Ben Bradshaw

tweets: Spare thought for fine @UKLabour staff, candidates & countless volunteers facing disappointment today. Learning lessons of '92 over again.

Last but not least - St Ives

Election 2015

The most south-westerly constituency in the country,

St Ives has been held by the Liberal Democrats since 1997, when Andrew George took the seat from the Conservatives. He defends a majority of 1,719.

mount
BBC

This seat includes the Isles of Scilly, so ballot boxes have to be flown to the mainland once the polls close. Counting is underway, a result is expected around 16:00 this afternoon.

Election reaction

Exeter Express and Echo

Both the winning candidate and the runner-up of tonight's Exeter parliamentary results have shared their thoughts with the

Exeter Express & Echo.

Ben Bradshaw will continue to represent Exeter in Parliament. It is a decision that has came after, in his own words, a "long night, and a long campaign" for the Labour MP.

More Tory thanks

The freshly-returned MP in

south west Devon Gary Streeter tweets: A massive thanks to the people of SWDevon for returning me to Westminster once more. I am truly humbled and will work for all constituents.

Cornwall Council By-election results

Andy Birkett

Reporter, BBC Spotlight

Alongside the General Election, there have also been two Cornwall Council by-elections. Labour's Jude Robinson won the Camborne Treswithian seat, beating her Conservative rival Dave Biggs by just eight votes.

Jude Robinson
BBC

In Constantine, Mawnan and Budock, Conservative candidate John Henry Bastin came out on top.

From postie to poll-star

Western Morning News

Former postie and Conservative candidate Scott Mann has vowed not to let his new constituents down after ousting North Cornwall incumbent Dan Rogerson, reports the

Western Morning News.

mann
WMN

The so-called "Poldark look-a-like" defeated his Liberal Democrat opponent by more than 6,500 votes with his promises of more affordable housing and specialised NHS clinics for the county.

Need a spare Team Gilbert shirt?

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Supporters of former

St Austell & Newquay Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert had been dressed for the occasion when counting was under way.

Team Gilbert shirt
BBC

What will they be doing with their shirts now?

No matter what, Mr Gilbert said he was "immensely pleased and honoured to have had such a young and dynamic team working with me over the last few months as we sought to defend the constituency".

Tory 'bluewash' with one seats to go

Western Morning News

The political map of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset is poised to be a sea of blue as the Conservatives swept aside all but one Liberal Democrat and Labour MPs, reports the

Western Morning News.

On a dramatic night that saw the Tories heading towards an unlikely majority and some of the biggest names in politics kicked out, the Lib Dems have all but disappeared in the Westcountry.

Labour's Ben Bradshaw - who held his Exeter seat - could be the only MP in the region who is not a Conservative.

Last man standing?

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

With five of Cornwall's six constituencies declared as Conservative, the only question left for political analysts is: "Can Andrew George hold on in St Ives?"

The

St Ives count will start late because the ballot boxes have to be flown from the Isles of Scilly - a result might emerge around 16:00.

george
BBC

Lib Dem Andrew, who has been taking part in Flora Day in Helston, dressed as St Piran, said his party had been tarnished by Coalition, adding: "The Tories prosper as a result of toxifying the Liberal Democrat brand, it's something we need to reflect on."

The view from blue Cornwall (nearly)

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter

It's been a bruising night for the Liberal Democrats and a joyous one for the Conservatives.

I believe the results stem from undecided voters choosing at the last minute to 'stick with the plan' rather than take a chance on a new administration, as well as Conservative warnings about a potential Labour/SNP alliance.

Some people will be hoping Andrew George hangs on in

St Ives when the votes are counted this afternoon, just to avoid a complete Tory 'bluewash' across Cornwall. That will be an interesting count and
I'll be there to bring you the latest.

BreakingBreaking News

Nick Clegg quits as Lib Dem leader

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Nick Clegg

quits as leader of the Liberal Democrats following huge losses for his party - including in the South West - a former Lib Dem stronghold.

Mr Clegg says: "I always expected this election to be exceptionally difficult for the Liberal Democrats."

Describing it as "heartbreaking" to see friends and colleagues "abruptly lose seats", he tells party members: "Clearly, the results have been immeasurably more crushing and unkind than I ever could have thought."

BreakingDevon Central

Conservative hold

Mel Stride has kept his parliamentary seat in

Devon Central with 28,436 votes - a majority of 21,265 over his nearest rival, UKIP's John Conway, with 7,171.

Cox gets 20,000 more votes than nearest rival, UKIP

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Geoffrey Cox's 28,774 votes in

Devon West & Torridge sees him just under 20,000 ahead of his nearest rival.

However, despite his 50.9% share (a 5.2% increase), UKIP's Derek Sargent garnered 10,371 votes, seeing him take second place in the constituency poll with a 18.3% share.

The Liberal Democrats and Labour came third and fourth respectively.

Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

Colvile 'humbled'

Conservative MP for

Plymouth Sutton and Devonport Oliver Colvile
tweeted: Humbled to have been returned to represent Plymouth in Parliament with @johnnymercer81 & @gary4SWDevon, many thanks to all who have helped!

Oliver Colvile
BBC

Blue rinse ahead?

BBC Radio Devon's political reporter Jenny Kumah

tweets: Tory Geoffrey Cox QC holds W Devon & Torridge. Only Central Devon to declare for the conservative blue rinse to be complete

BreakingDevon West & Torridge

Conservative hold

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Geoffrey Cox keeps his

Parliamentary seat.