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

Thanet South

Parliamentary constituency



  1. Conservative
    Craig Mackinlay
    • Votes: 27,084
    • Vote share %: 56.1
    • Vote share change: +5.3
  2. Labour
    Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt
    • Votes: 16,497
    • Vote share %: 34.2
    • Vote share change: -3.8
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Martyn Pennington
    • Votes: 2,727
    • Vote share %: 5.7
    • Vote share change: +2.6
  4. Green
    Becky Wing
    • Votes: 1,949
    • Vote share %: 4.0
    • Vote share change: +2.4

Change compared with 2017


  • CON majority: 10,587
  • Registered voters: 73,302
  • % share:
  • Change since 2017: -2.9

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 56.1%
Labour 34.2%
Liberal Democrat 5.7%
Green 4.0%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Conservative +5.3 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat +2.6 Gained
  • Green +2.4 Gained
  • Labour -3.8 Lost

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Thanet South: Conservative hold

Craig Mackinlay has been re-elected as the MP for Thanet South, with an increased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Labour's Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt by 10,587 votes, 4,200 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election.

Martyn Pennington of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Becky Wing came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 2.9 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 48,000 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, Becky Wing (Green) lost her £500 deposit after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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BreakingTHANET SOUTH RESULT: Conservative hold

Thanet South result
Calls for anonymity for those accused of sex offences
MP's aide cleared of rape says those accused of sex crimes should have anonymity until they are convicted.

'I've lost my job, I've lost my home'

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Samuel Armstrong, who was found not guilty of raping a woman in South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay's office, has called for anonymity for people accused of sex crimes.

A Conservative MP's chief of staff has been cleared of raping a woman in Westminster.
Samuel Armstrong said his life had been "turned upside down" following accusations.

BreakingMP's aide not guilty of rape

Sara Smith

Reporter, BBC South East

Samuel Armstrong

A parliamentary worker has been found not guilty of raping a woman who claimed she was attacked in an MP's Westminster office.

Samuel Armstrong, chief of staff to South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay, told Southwark Crown Court the pair had gone to his boss's office to drink wine.

Mr Armstrong has been cleared of four charges - two of rape, two of sexual assault - from October 2016 after a two week trial at Southwark Crown Court.

“My whole life has been turned upside down. For a year now I’ve not slept or eaten and I was innocent. Were it not for the fact that crucial evidence was disclosed to my defence team just eight working days before trial there could well have been yet another miscarriage of justice in this case.”

Samuel Armstrong