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Summary

  1. Updates from 7th and 8th May 2015

Live Reporting

By David Bailey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    That's the end of today's updates following the general and council election results. Thanks for following us and the live news coverage through the day.

    You can keep following the latest developments on Election 2015.

  2. Local election result

    Mendip

    The Conservatives keep their majority on Mendip District Council.

    The Conservatives now have 31 seats, the Liberal Democrats have 11, the Greens have three and there is one Independent councillor.

  3. Local election result

    Cotswold District Council

    Cotswold District Council remains under Conservative control.

    The new council is made up of 24 Conservatives and 10 Lib Dems.

  4. Swindon South

    Robert Buckland: 'I am elated'

    Swindon South Conservative MP Robert Buckland tells the Swindon Advertiser he is "elated" by his win.

    "I'm also really humbled by the fact the people of South Swindon have put their trust in me and given me a majority of almost 6,000," he says.

  5. Yeovil

    Marcus Fysh: 'Will fight tooth and nail'

    New Yeovil Conservative MP Marcus Fysh tells the Western Gazette there was "a huge swing" to overturn a 13,000 majority to win the seat.

    He says he will press on with plans to upgrade the A358 and dual the A303, and "will fight tooth and nail to make sure that we get it done".

  6. Bath

    Howlett: 'Looking forward'

    Bath's Tory MP Ben Howlett tweets: Looking forward to joining a @Conservatives majority led House of Commons on Monday with fellow new MPs

  7. Local election result

    Cheltenham

    The Conservatives won the only seat up for grabs on Cheltenham Borough Council, due to a by-election after a councillor stood down.

    It means the council remains Lib Dem led, with 24 Lib Dem councillors out of 40 in total.

  8. Local election result

    North Somerset Council

    North Somerset Council remains under Conservative control.

    The new council is made up of 36 Conservatives, six Independents, four Lib Dems, three Labour members and one Green.

    The Conservatives lose four seats, Labour and the Lib Dems lose two each, and Independents lose three seats.

  9. Local Election Result

    Forest of Dean District Council

    Forest of Dean District Council remains under no overall control.

    UKIP gains six seats, the Conservatives gain three, and the Greens gain one. Five Independent seats are lost, Labour lose four, and the Lib Dems lose one.

    The new council has 21 Conservatives, 13 Labour seats, seven UKIP, six Independents and one Green.

  10. Local election result

    Gloucester

    Gloucester City Council now has 20 Conservative seats, 9 Labour seats, and the Liberal Democrats have seven seats.

  11. Local election result

    Tories gain Gloucester

    Conservatives gain Gloucester from no overall control

  12. Bristol West

    Debbonaire thanks Unison

    Labour's Thangam Debbonaire, who won Bristol West from the Liberal Democrats, tweets: Thanks to all @UNISONSW colleagues for support and campaigning. Looking forward to working with you to help protect Workers' rights

  13. Cheltenham

    Alex Chalk: 'Bowled over' by win

    New Conservative MP for Cheltenham Alex Chalk tells the Gloucestershire Echo he is "bowled over" by his win.

    "It is the greatest honour and privilege of my life but I am acutely conscious of the responsibility that comes with it," he says.

  14. BreakingLocal election result

    South Somerset District Council

    There is no majority at the previously Lib Dem-led South Somerset District Council.

    The Lib Dems lose two seats and now have 29. Conservatives gain three seats and have 28. Independents lose one seat and now have three.

  15. Latest election headlines

    In the news at 5pm

    BBC Somerset: The Conservatives win all six seats in Somerset - four of them from the Liberal Democrats.

    BBC Radio Bristol: Bristol West is among the seats lost by the Lib Dems. Labour's Thangam Debbonaire is the new MP, taking her seat at Westminster for the first time.

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire: All seats in Gloucestershire are now held by the Conservatives.

    BBC Wiltshire: In Wiltshire, the county has lost its only non-Conservative MP and so becomes entirely blue.

  16. Bristol North West

    Leslie: 'HUGE thanks'

    Conservative Charlotte Leslie tweets: belated HUGE thanks to brilliant team @CLeslieTeam2015, all who voted & supported me. I'll work my heart out for ALL in Bristol North West

  17. Bristol West

    'Exciting and inspiring'

    Labour's Thangam Debbonaire tweets: Thanks to @DarrenHall2015 @swilliamsmp @ClaireHiscott Paul, Dawn and Stewart for exciting and inspiring campaign in #bristolwest

  18. Cotswolds

    Broadband action

    The Conservative MP for the Cotswolds Geoffrey Clifton-Brown says he wants to pin down which villages will get broadband as a priority.

    He says he needs to get a definitive list from Fastershire, so that alternatives can be found for those not on the list.

  19. Cotswolds

    Clifton-Brown: 'Feeling elated'

    Conservative MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown tells BBC Gloucestershire he is "feeling elated" after holding on to the Cotswolds seat.

  20. Bristol West

    Stephen Williams: 'Blown away'

    Bristol Post tweets: #GE2015 Bristol West - Lib Dem Stephen Williams admits to being "blown away by hurricane"

  21. Latest election headlines

    In the news at 3pm

    BBC Somerset: The Lib Dems lost four seats to the Conservatives in Yeovil, Wells, Somerton and Frome and Taunton Deane.

    BBC Radio Bristol: The Lib Dems fell to the Conservatives in Bath and in Thornbury and Yate, and were defeated by Labour in Bristol West.

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire: The Conservative majority nationally was confirmed when the result for the Cotswolds was announced, with Geoffrey Clifton-Brown retaining his seat.

    BBC Wiltshire: The county is now completely blue, with the Conservatives holding all the seats.

  22. Cotswolds

    Clifton-Brown: 'I'll do my best"

    Conservative Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has held his seat in The Cotswolds.

    Speaking after the results were declared he said: "I will do my very best to keep working as hard as I can for the people of the Cotswolds to improve their daily lives."

  23. Swindon South

    'Live to fight another day'

    Labour's Anne Snelgrove tweets: Not down hearted! We live to fight another day @UKLabour

  24. Local election result

    Swindon Borough Council

    In Swindon's local elections the Conservatives retain control of the borough council.

    The Tories increased their majority with a gain of two seats - giving them 32 councillors.

    Labour now has 23 seats and the Lib Dems two.

  25. Wells

    Munt: Emotional farewells

    Tessa Munt
    Image caption: The Conservatives took Wells with a majority of 7,585

    Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt loses her Wells seat to Conservative James Heappey.

    After the election result and speeches she was seen thanking her campaign team for their hard work and commitment.

  26. Latest election headlines

    In the news at 2pm

    BBC Somerset: The Conservatives win all six seats in Somerset - four of them from the Liberal Democrats.

    BBC Radio Bristol: Bristol West is among the seats lost by the Lib Dems.

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire: All seats in Gloucestershire are now held by the Conservatives.

    BBC Wiltshire: The Conservatives now hold all seats in the county after Chippenham's Lib Dem Duncan Hames lost his seat.

  27. Cheltenham

    Horwood: 'Scare about Ed Miliband'

    Liberal Democrat Martin Horwood, who lost his Cheltenham seat, tells BBC Radio Gloucestershire: "The Conservatives managed to find a message and this scare about Ed Miliband and SNP.

    "They put out mail shots, they brought in professional call centres, they had web adverts, billboard advertising and this was pumped into constituencies like Stroud and Cheltenham and I suspect Gloucester as well."

  28. Cheltenham

    'Relentless' ad campaign

    Martin Horwood loses the Cheltenham seat to Conservative Alex Chalk after holding it for 10 years.

    Speaking on BBC Radio Gloucestershire he blamed the loss on "a relentless and professional marketing operation" by the Conservatives.

    Liberal Democrat Martin Horwood, ex-Cheltenham MP
    Image caption: Liberal Democrat Martin Horwood got 18,274 votes. The Tories won 24,790
  29. Gloucestershire

    Tory whitewash

    Every constituency in Gloucestershire has been won by the Conservatives.

    The Cotswolds
    Image caption: Conservative candidate Alex Chalk took Cheltenham from Lib Dem Martin Horwood

    The Liberal Democrats were defeated in Cheltenham, with the other four seats in the county being retained by the Tories.

    You can find out more on the BBC Gloucestershire website.

  30. Latest election headlines

    In the news at 1pm

    BBC Somerset: The final Somerset count of Wells is declared, with the Conservatives taking a sixth seat in the county.

    BBC Radio Bristol: Bristol West is among the seats lost by the Lib Dems. Labour's Thangam Debbonaire is the new MP, taking her seat at Westminster for the first time.

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire: In the last seat declaration for the West, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown retains his seat in The Cotswolds.

    BBC Wiltshire: In Wiltshire the county has lost its only non-Conservative MP and so becomes entirely blue.

  31. The Cotswolds

    Conservatives get 56.5%

    The Cotswolds remains blue.

    Candidate Geoffrey Clifton-Brown achieved 32,045 votes - a 56.5% share.

    Liberal Democrat Paul Hodgkinson came second with 10,568 votes.

    UKIP were third, with candidate Chris Harlow polling 6,188 votes.

  32. Wells

    Broadband and schools promise

    The new Conservative MP for Wells James Heappey pledges to do all he can to improve infrastructure and broadband in his constituency.

    James Heappey

    Speaking on Ben McGrail's show on BBC Radio Somerset, Mr Heappey added: "I want to get a better deal for our public services - national school funding formula is a conversation I want to go to Westminster about."

  33. BreakingThe Cotswolds

    Conservative hold

    It's another blue win in the last seat declaration in the West.

    The Conservatives hold The Cotswolds.

  34. Local elections: Stroud

    Tories gain three seats

    In some parts of the West people have also been voting in the local elections.

    In Gloucestershire, every council apart from Cheltenham, have held elections.

    So far, only the results from Stroud District Council are in.

  35. Wells

    Heappey: 'You have a dream'

    The newly elected Conservative MP for Wells James Heappey says: "It's quite an extraordinary feeling. When you're running for parliament especially in a seat as tight as this one in Wells you have a dream but never quite believe it's going to happen."

    "I'm not sure anybody thought it was going to be quite the result it's been tonight but we got the feeling people were focussed on who the government were going to be."

  36. Wells

    Heappey: 'Extraordinary feeling'

    The newly elected Conservative MP for Wells says being voted in is an "extraordinary feeling".

    James Heappey ousted Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt with a majority of 7,585 votes.

  37. Wells

    'Sad to have lost'

    Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt tweets: Sad to have lost, but proud to have served and defended beautiful Somerset, my home. I'll pop up again to keep causing trouble! Thank you

  38. Latest election headlines

    In the news at 12pm

    BBC Somerset: In the final Somerset count, Wells is declared with the Conservatives taking a sixth seat in the county.

    BBC Radio Bristol: The Conservatives win the constituency of Bath - a seat the Liberal Democrats have held for 23 years.

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire: Every constituency in Gloucestershire goes to the Conservatives with just one result outstanding in the Cotswolds.

    BBC Wiltshire: Locally it's been the Conservatives night - every MP in the county is now Tory.

  39. Somerset North

    Dr Fox's 'great honour'

    The Weston Mercury reports Dr Liam Fox says it's a "great honour" to continue to represent the constituency of Somerset North.

    "This has been the most pleasant and gentlemanly and courteous campaign I have ever taken part in. This is by a long mile my biggest majority."

    Dr Fox polled a 53.5% share - 31,540 votes. He has been the area's MP for the past 23 years.

  40. Yeovil

    'Tough night'

    After losing in Yeovil, former Lib Dem MP David Laws - who dropped 22.6% of the vote - reflected on the big losses for his party and blamed "some of the difficult decisions" they've made over the last five years.

    "It has been a tough night for the Liberal Democrats here in Somerset, and a tough night nationally for my party, but we're used to these things. We've been down before and we will come back again in the future just as we have in the past."

  41. Wells

    Tory wins 46.1% share

    It's another blue win in the West - this time in Wells.

    Conservative candidate James Heappey picked up a 46.1% share, with 26,247 votes.

    He gained the seat from previous MP, Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt, who came second with 18,662 votes.

    UKIP's Helen Hims came third with 5,644 votes.

  42. BreakingWells

    Conservative win

    Conservative candidate James Heappey wins in Wells.

  43. Bristol West

    Council offers 'congratulations'

    Bristol City Council tweets after Thangam Debbonaire's Labour win in Bristol West: Congratulations to @tdebbonaire declared as MP for #BristolWest @bristolwestlab

  44. Latest election headlines

    In the news at 11am

    BBC Somerset: The Conservatives' Marcus Fysh wins the Yeovil seat from Liberal Democrat David Laws.

    BBC Radio Bristol: The Lib Dems lose all their seats in the BBC Radio Bristol area including Bath which they held for 23 years.

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire: Every constituency in Gloucestershire goes to the Conservatives with just one result outstanding in The Cotswolds.

    BBC Wiltshire: Every constituency in Swindon and Wiltshire is now Conservative.

  45. Cheltenham

    'Bowled over'

    The Gloucestershire Echo describes it as a "stunning victory" as the Tories win in Cheltenham for the first time in 23 years.

    Alex Chalk tells the newspaper he was "bowled over by winning". However, he also says "it is not a time for triumphalism but for sober acknowledgement of the tasks that are yet to be fulfilled".

  46. Local council elections

    South Somerset count begins

    South Somerset District Council tweets: Counting is under way for the District Council elections. We'll keep you up to date as results come in

  47. Wells

    Munt: "looking grim"

    Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt tells BBC Somerset things are looking "grim" for her but says "she'll be back".

    She blames a surge in nationalism for her party's defeat nationally.

    In Somerset, two Liberal Democrat seats, Yeovil and Somerton and Frome went blue.

    Liberal Democrat, Tessa Munt (Wells constituency)

    She adds: "My party thrives on hope and we've had an election that's been based on fear, and it's not where I would like to be.

    "People have responded to a threat of one part of the country's nationalism with another part of the country's nationalism here."

  48. Post update

    BBC Somerset tweets: WELLS More people have arrived to replace the overnight staff as the count continues. #GE2015

  49. Bristol West

    Daunting but a privilege

    Thangam Debbonaire

    The new MP for Bristol West, Thangam Debbonaire, says being elected is "daunting but a privilege".

    She tells BBC Radio Bristol: "I'm very proud to be offered the opportunity to serve all the people of Bristol West."

    She says there is "so much to do" including tackling the "problem of child poverty in Lawrence Hill".

    She also highlights a "desperate housing shortage" and that she will be "fighting for" the future of young people.

  50. Post update

    Bristol mayor George Ferguson tweets: #Bristol makes its mark by electing all #women MPs #GE2015. Congratulations @tdebbonaire @CLeslieMP @kerrymp @karinsmyth Lets work together!

  51. Yeovil

    Laws: "Outstanding and rare"

    Lord Ashdown has paid tribute to the work of Liberal Democrat David Laws, who has lost the Yeovil seat to the Conservatives.

    He said: "He is a man of really outstanding qualities and he was that rare, rare, rare thing, a really big player in Westminster, responsible for the guidance of the country and out of the recession, contributed hugely to the last five years of a successful government, respected by all sides of the House of Commons.

    "He was also very unusually a completely outstanding local MP and to have him lost his seat was a bitter blow."

  52. Yeovil

    Lord Ashdown: 'Bitter, painful and cruel'

    David Laws (former Lib Dem MP for Yeovil )

    Paddy Ashdown has said he is the "bitterest of all" after Liberal Democrat David Laws was ousted from his Yeovil seat.

    He tells BBC Somerset: "Bitter, painful and cruel is the truth of it but this is the judgement of the electorate and we accept it of course with sadness and humility.

    "I'm probably bitterest of all - I find cruellest of all my beloved Yeovil passing to the Conservatives."

  53. Bath

    Bath round-up

    The Conservatives win the constituency of Bath - a seat the Liberal Democrats have held for 23 years.

    Ben Howlett, Bath

    Ben Howlett secured the seat with 17,833 votes - a majority of 3,833. New Lib Dem candidate Steve Bradley polled 14,000 votes. Mr Bradley replaced the outgoing Don Foster, who held the seat since 1992.

    You can read more about the result on the BBC Somerset website.

  54. Yeovil

    MP: A358 dualling will be sorted

    The new Conservative MP for Yeovil, Marcus Fysh, has pledged to "sort out" the roads infrastructure in Somerset.

    Marcus Fysh

    "I'm really, really glad we can proceed with the A358 dualling, for planning that's really important because it connects our area up to Taunton and up to Hinkley Point which of course it's going to create lots of jobs," he says.

    He adds getting the A303 dualled was also a "top priority" for himself and other local Conservative MPs.

  55. Post update

    General Election special

    Ready to go!

    The BBC Points West team

    The BBC Points West team is going on air at 9.05am for a 25-minute General Election special on BBC One.

    Or you can catch up on the iPlayer later on.

  56. The Cotswolds

    Cotswold count

    BBC Gloucestershire believes that the Cotswolds result will be around 10am.

    We will - of course - keep you posted as soon as it happens!

  57. Wells

    Two left

    BBC Somerset is saying that the Wells count is "not likely" now until after 9am.

    As one of only two remaining counts to come back in the West - the other the Cotswolds - the clock is ticking...

  58. Taunton Deane

    MP: 'Utterly overwhelmed'

    The new MP for Taunton Deane, Rebecca Pow has said she is "completely and utterly overwhelmed" after winning the seat from the Liberal Democrats.

    Rebecca Pow

    She told BBC Somerset: "I don't think it's really sunk in properly yet. I'm utterly delighted, completely humbled and privileged to be Taunton Deane's MP."

    She pledged to be a strong representative for the constituency in London.

  59. Post update

    'Deeper shade of blue'

    The Swindon Advertiser is reporting on Swindon turning a "deeper shade of blue" as the Conservatives celebrated a "stunning" victory across the board.

    Justin Tomlinson

    The paper reports on both Robert Buckland, South, and Justin Tomlinson, North, increasing their majorities.

    Mr Buckland said he would work hard alongside Mr Tomlinson to continue what has been started.

  60. Post update

    Clegg 'planning to resign'

    Don Foster, who is retiring after holding the Bath seat since 1992, tells BBC Radio Bristol that it "sounds like [Nick Clegg] is planning to resign."

    "It's a disastrous night for the Lib Dems. For the sake of the party we shouldn't have done a deal with the Tories. We did it for the country," he added.

  61. BreakingBridgwater and West Somerset

    Conservative hold

    The numbers in full from Bridgwater and West Somerset...

    Conservative, Ian Liddell-Grainger: 25,020

    UKIP, Stephen Fitzgerald: 10,437

    Labour, Nick Lerry: 9,589

    Liberal Democrat, Theo Butt-Phillip: 6,765

    Green, Julie Harvey Smith: 2,636

  62. Weston-super-Mare

    Penrose's 'delight' in seat

    John Penrose has been talking to BBC Radio Bristol about his hold in Weston-super-Mare.

    The Conservative MP, who has returned for the third election running, polled 25,203 of the votes, a 48% share.

    "I'm amazed. I'm delighted and rather humbled by the huge increase in the majority," he says.

    "I just want to make sure I live up to the trust that everybody locally has put in me by all the votes and I want to make sure I serve the community as best I possibly can."

    Mr Penrose's nearest competitor, Labour's Tim Taylor, collected 9,594 votes.

  63. Bristol West

    Grass getting greener for some

    The Green Party is celebrating "historic gains" in Bristol West claiming the "largest swing in constituency's electoral history".

    Candidate Darren Hall came second with 17,227 votes - 5,673 fewer than Labour's Thangam Debbonaire, with them both pushing the former Lib Dem MP into third place.

    Mr Hall said: "We have seen the Green Party in Bristol go from a small group of committed activists, to a major force for change in the future of this city.

    "We now have powerful foundations from which to build on next year in the all-out elections, and in 2020."

  64. Salisbury

    Glen's 'very pleasing result'

    The Salisbury Journal has more on the Conservative's John Glen, who retains seat in the city with a "decisive victory".

    The paper quoted him as saying it was a "very pleasing result".

    "I really am overwhelmed and didn't anticipate an outcome as good as this," he adds.

    The MP picked up a 55.6% share - 28,192 votes in total. His nearest competitor, Labour's Tom Corbin, collected 7,771.

  65. Three and counting...

    Well, the sea of blue continues to flood the West of England with an island of red encircling the Bristol area.

    Three results are still to come, but it's very much looking like there are to be no Lib Dem MPs in the West.

    Barring the Wells constituency which is yet to be announced, all but one of their seats have turned blue, with the exception of Bristol West which Labour has gained.

    A snapshot of the BBC election map of the West of England
  66. BreakingForest of Dean

    Conservative hold

    Tory Mark Harper re-elected in the Forest of Dean with 23,191 votes. That's nearly double the number of votes won by Labour (12,204) with third place UKIP increasing to an 18% share of the constituency (8,792 votes).

  67. Post update

    We're nearly there! Only four more seats to go in the West.

    chequered flag
  68. BreakingSomerset North

    Conservative hold

    The Conservative's held their seat in Somerset North.

    Liam Fox polled a 53.5% share - 31,540 votes. Second-placed Labour candidate, Gregory Chambers, picked up 8,441 votes.

  69. BreakingTewkesbury

    Conservative hold

    Tory Laurence Robertson increases his majority in Tewkesbury with 30,176 votes - some 22,000 more than Labour's Ed Buxton who had 8,204 votes.

  70. Post update

    Philippa Hann tweets: all women MPs in Bristol? No matter what the result that is amazing (but ridiculous that it should be a first in 2015)

    So that's Charlotte Leslie in Bristol North West, Thangam Debbonaire in Bristol West, Kerry McCarthy in Bristol East and Karin Smyth in Bristol South.

  71. BreakingWeston-super-Mare

    Conservative hold

    There's been a Conservative hold in Weston-super-Mare. John Penrose polled 25,203 of the votes, a 48% share.

    His nearest competitor, Labour's Tim Taylor, collected 9,594 votes. He narrowly beat UKIP's Ernie Warrender, who picked up 9,366 votes.

  72. Post update

    BBC Wiltshire's Ben Prater tweets: She promised she'd eat a whole lardy cake if she won. She won. She ate. Well, nibbled. @claire4devizes #GE2015

    Ben Prater interviews Claire Perry
  73. BreakingTaunton Deane

    Conservative gain

    The Lib Dems have almost completely lost their presence in the West, as Rebecca Pow wins Taunton Deane for the Conservatives with 27,849 votes.

    That's 15,491 more than the Lib Dems with Rachel Gilmour beaten into second place (12,358 votes).

  74. Bristol North West

    Leslie's 'unforgettable night'

    The Bristol Post is reporting an "unforgettable night" for the Conservative's Charlotte Leslie.

    Charlotte Leslie

    It quoted Ms Leslie, who was re-elected as MP for Bristol North West, as saying it was "an amazing feeling".

    "There is an enormous sense of responsibility when there are 22,000 people who have put their faith in you," she adds.

    Ms Leslie polled 22,767 of the votes. Her nearest challenger, Labour's Darren Jones, picked up 17,823 votes.

  75. Blue is the colour

    Wiltshire has turned blue overnight.

    For all the latest reaction and more, join Lee Stone on the BBC Wiltshire breakfast show from 07:00 BST.

    Listen live via your digital radio, on FM it's 103.5 FM / 104.3 FM, or click here for the BBC iPlayer.

    BBC Wiltshire: Election 2015
  76. Bath

    Howlett's 'delight'

    The Bath Chronicle has more on Ben Howlett's win in Bath for the Conservatives.

    The paper reports that a "delighted" Mr Howlett said the party would "now kick on and improve the city's transport woes".

    Mr Howlett won with 17,833 votes, ahead of Lib Dem rival Steve Bradley who polled 14,000.

    He has replaced the former Lib Dem MP Don Foster, who held the Bath seat since 1992.

  77. Bristol South

    'Honour and privilege'

    Bristol South's new Labour MP, Karin Smyth, has paid tribute to outgoing MP, Dawn Primarolo.

    "Dawn Primarolo has served this constituency for 28 years," she said.

    "During which time her dedication and commitment to her constituents was evident for all to see.

    "It is an honour and a privilege to be entrusted by the people of Bristol South to be her successor."

    Ms Primarolo, who is stepping down, had been the seat's Labour MP since 1987.

  78. BreakingBristol West

    Labour gain

    Labour has increased its presence around Bristol, whereas the Lib Dems have been wiped out.

    Thangam Debbonaire wins Bristol West with the Lib Dems' Stephen Williams beaten into third behind the Greens.

  79. Weston-super-Mare

    Seaside transport woes?

    Transport has been the hot topic of debate in the Weston-super-Mare constituency.

    In a BBC election debate, the need for investment in Weston's surrounding villages was one of the priorities candidates highlighted.

    Conservative John Penrose and and Liberal Democrat John Munro said roads needed upgrading while Labour's Tim Taylor highlighted the lack of affordable housing.

    Declaration due in Weston some time after 08:30.

    Narrow street in Banwell
  80. Post update

    Conservative clean sweep

    The Conservatives have kept all six seats they held in Wiltshire and won a seventh.

    Robert Buckland was re-elected in South Swindon
    Image caption: Robert Buckland was re-elected in South Swindon

    In South Swindon, Robert Buckland retained his seat with 22,777 votes. He won with a majority of 5,785.

    He saw off competition from Labour's Anne Snelgrove who received 16,992 votes.

    All of the results and reaction can be found on the BBC Wiltshire website..

  81. 'A Bitter blow'

    Paddy Ashdown speaking on BBC Somerset: "We ran a campaign based on hope against a campaign of fear. Hope was swept away and that has profound implications for our country.

    "It's painful and cruel but this is the judgement of the electorate. We accept it with sadness and humility."

    In response to David Laws losing the seat for the Lib Dems in Yeovil, Lord Ashdown added "it is a bitter blow for all of us".

  82. BreakingKingswood

    Conservative hold

    Chris Skidmore retains Kingswood for the Conservatives (23,252 votes) with an increased majority. In second place is Labour's Jo McCarron who drops 5.7% with 14,246 votes.

  83. Post update

    Matt Dathan, online political reporter for The Independent, tweets: David Laws is yet another Lib Dem to go - he was also in Liberal Democrats' coalition negotiation team which now sounds like a joke #GE2015

  84. BreakingBristol South

    Labour hold

    Labour's second hold of the night in the West. Both in Bristol area.

    Karin Smyth is voted in to take over from Dawn Primarolo, Bristol South's Labour MP since 1987, who is stepping down.

  85. Post update

    Returning officer retires

    Ali Vowles

    BBC Points West

    And it's goodbye to Bath's Returning Officer Vernon Hitchman, who is retiring after 26 years in charge.

    Returning officer retires
  86. Post update

    BBC Somerset tweets about the Taunton Deane count: Rachel Gilmour tells Lib Dem party activists, several close to tears, "we've done well. Be proud. Be Liberal Democrats." #GE2015

  87. BreakingYeovil

    Conservative gain

    Tory Marcus Fysh (24,178 votes) takes Yeovil, ousting previous MP, David Laws, of the Liberal Democrats (18,865 votes).

  88. Post update

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Jack Miles tweets: Turnout: 78910, 70.38% in Tewkesbury. Very strong postal vote here. @BBCGlos

  89. Via Twitter

    BBC Somerset tweets regarding the Somerton and Frome result: That win for David Warburton and the Conservatives has seen a 18.30% swing from the Lib Dems to the Conservatives

  90. BreakingFilton and Bradley Stoke

    Conservative hold

    Jack Lopresti retains the seat for the Tories in Filton and Bradley Stoke.

  91. BreakingBristol East

    Labour hold

    The first win of the night for Labour in the West. Kerry McCarthy holds Bristol East.

  92. BreakingSomerton and Frome

    Conservative gain

    Tory David Warburton wins Somerton and Frome with a massive majority of 20,000. The nearest was David Rendel for the Lib Dems.

  93. BreakingThornbury and Yate

    Conservative gain

    Lib Dem pension minister Steve Webb loses Thornbury and Yate by 1,500 votes to Luke Hall of the Conservatives.

  94. The story so far...

    Well the political sunrise is looking a deep shade of blue this morning across the West.

    We're awaiting 16 results, but of the 13 so far it's a full house for the Conservatives.

    The majority of those 12 have held but three seats have been won from the Liberal Democrats.

    A BBC map of the West region
  95. BreakingSomerset North East

    Conservative hold

    Jacob Rees-Mogg holds the Somerset North East for the Tories with 25,431 votes. Labour's Todd Foreman has half as many votes - 12,690.

    But in terms of celebration, Wera Hobhouse we salute you! The Lib Dem candidate actually fist-pumped the air when her 4,029 votes were announced.

  96. Bath

    'Paying the price'

    Speaking after the Liberal Democrat's defeat in Bath the retiring MP, Don Foster, says that the party's results were down to their 2010 coalition with the Conservatives.

    "We put our country before the party and we're paying the price," he says.

  97. Post update

    BBC Wiltshire tweets: Speech made by @michelledonelan after she is declared MP for Chippenham

    Michelle Donelan gives a speech
  98. Post update

    'Bath is blue again'

    Ali Vowles

    BBC Points West

    Conservative Ben Howlett has captured Bath from the Liberal Democrats.

    He says Bath is blue again and that he hopes to represent the city "in [the] best way possible in footsteps of Don Foster".

    Liberal Democrat Steve Bradley thanks his team of supporters and Don Foster. Says he has been hugely supportive but adds "Ben has big shoes to fill".

  99. BreakingGloucester

    Conservative hold

    Richard Graham is re-elected for the Conservatives in Gloucester with 45.3% of the votes ahead of Labour's Sophy Gardner who polled 31.6%.

  100. BreakingNorth Wiltshire

    Conservative hold

    Conservative James Gray increases his majority in North Wiltshire (28,938 votes) while the Lib Dems lose 20.6% of votes in the constituency (7,892 votes).

  101. Post update

    BBC Somerset tweets: WELLS: Tessa Munt (Lib Dem) says things are looking "grim" for her tonight but that "she'll be back".

  102. BreakingCheltenham

    Conservative gain

    Conservative Alex Chalk wins Cheltenham with 24,790 votes - 6,500 more than former MP, Martin Horwood of the Liberal Democrats.

  103. Post update

    BBC Somerset tweets: TAUNTON: agents watching the count like hawks! Conservatives say they "remain hopeful" of a win but too early to call

    Taunton count
  104. BreakingDevizes

    Conservative hold

    Claire Perry wins Devizes with more than 20,000 votes than UKIP's David Pollitt.

  105. Bristol North West

    A heart full of love

    After retaining her seat, Conservative Charlotte Leslie showed a lot of love for those who didn't vote for her.

    "To those - and there will be some - who'll be disappointed with this result, I say to you in particular - I will serve you with every inch of what I am and every piece of my heart, because I will be your MP," she says.

  106. BreakingBath

    Conservative gain

    Lib Dems lose Bath to Conservative Ben Howlett after Don Foster retires.

  107. Bristol West

    Green win prediction

    Natalie Bennett says the Greens have quadrupled their vote so far and feel optimistic. Membership of the party has more than quadrupled.

    They have a new place at the centre of British politics. She says Bristol West is the most likely place for a second Green win.

  108. Post update

    BBC Radio Bristol's Caroline Densley tweets: Counting just underway in #kingswood @bbcrb #GE0215

  109. Wells

    'More boxes please'

    Madeleine Ware

    BBC Points West

    The count isn't due to start until 04:30 BST as they have so many papers to verify. But one interesting line to come out is that acting returning officer Stuart Brown says they've been surprised by the high turnout in the Wells constituency.

    They received calls from across the constituency for extra ballot boxes and had to send out at least an extra 30 ballot boxes in addition to the 87 they had allotted.

    Turnout was anticipated to be at least 70% as it was in 2010, but Mr Brown reckons much higher.

    Election count in Wells, Somerset
  110. Post update

    BBC Points West's Steve Knibbs tweets: Lit up by the flashbulbs @stroud_neil delivers his acceptance speech #ge2015stroud

    Conservative Neil Carmichael
  111. Post update

    BBC Points West's Ali Vowles tweets: Lib Dem Steve Bradley and retiring Don Foster arrive at #Bath count. Smiles despite national picture @bbcpointswest

    Lib Dem Steve Bradley and retiring Don Foster arrive at Bath count
  112. Cheltenham

    'We fought like tigers'

    The Liberal Democrat candidate for Cheltenham, Martin Horwood, has conceded defeat, ahead of the declaration.

    "It's clear that we've lost," he says. "We're grown-ups and we can see the way this is going. We're accepting what has happened. We fought like tigers to retain this seat.

    "We put heart and soul into trying to hold onto this constituency.

    "We tried very hard to keep it but we were up against an incredibly well-funded marketing operation with an enormous amount of resources being poured in by professional call centres, mail shots and billboard advertising."

  113. Wiltshire South West

    'Extraordinary night'

    Winning candidate, Conservative Andrew Murrison, says: "It has been an extraordinary night. I'm not quite sure I can make full sense on what's going on across the country, but it's clear something extraordinary is happening."

    Mr Murrison has a clear majority over his rivals with 27,198 votes compared to 9,030 for UKIP and 6,948 for Labour.

  114. Post update

    BBC Radio Bristol reporter Jonathan Holmes tweets: All eyes on the news channel at Filton & Brad Stoke count - all too much for one man at the front!

    Count
  115. Chippenham

    'Dream come true'

    In her victory speech, Conservative Michelle Donelan says: "It is the greatest honour of my life that the people of Chippenham have chosen me.

    "It is a dream come true, but the reality is that I'm going to deliver and not let the people down. There is a lot to do."

  116. BreakingSalisbury

    Conservative hold

    John Glen re-elected in Salisbury.

  117. BreakingWiltshire South West

    Conservative hold

    Andrew Murrison re-elected in Wiltshire South West.

  118. BreakingBristol North West

    Conservative hold

    Conservative Charlotte Leslie holds Bristol North West.

  119. BreakingStroud

    Conservative hold

    Neil Carmichael holds Stroud.

  120. Post update

    BBC Wiltshire tweets: Duncan Hames loses his seat, just an hour after his wife Jo Swinson loses hers #GE2015

  121. BreakingChippenham

    Conservative gain

    Michelle Donelan elected as Conservative MP for Chippenham.

  122. Post update

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Rachel Stonehouse tweets: Conservative @RichardGrahamMP has arrived at #gloucester count. Result expected soon. #GE2015 @BBCGlos @bbcpointswest

    Gloucester candidate Richard Graham
  123. Post update

    BBC Wiltshire's Iona Hansell tweets: Conservative's John Glen is expecting a significant increase in support in Salisbury compared to 2010 results.

  124. Post update

    Khurm Arshad tweets: Great coverage of the West/ South West results from @bbcpointswest

    Thank you! Glad you're able to stay up and keep reading.

  125. Post update

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Rachel Stonehouse tweets: Being told we could expect result in #Gloucester in 30mins. Rumoured Tories expected to hold @BBCGlos @bbcpointswest

    Election count in Gloucester
  126. Gloucester

    Bellwether forecast

    Since 1979 the city of Gloucester has been a "bellwether constituency" - indicating that the party which wins the seat locally goes on to win the general election.

    Labour held the seat for decades after World War II. The Conservatives took over from 1970 to 1997, before Labour won it back for 13 years and the seat turned blue again for the last term.

    But which colour will dominate this time around? Away from politics it has been a week of Cherry and White celebrations after Gloucester's victory in the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final last Friday.

    Read more about the constituency by clicking here.

    Gloucester Rugby
  127. Devizes

    'I'll eat a whole lardy cake'

    Devizes Conservative candidate Claire Perry tells BBC Wiltshire's Ben Prater she'll eat a whole lardy cake if she retains her seat tonight.

    In 2010, her majority was 13,005.

    Ben's lardy cake
  128. Swindon South

    Defeated candidate booed

    Swindon South defeated Labour candidate Anne Snelgrove is booed as she gives her speech and criticises the Conservatives and their running of local health services, reports the BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan.

    "Conservatives in the crowd jubilant as Robert Buckland holds onto seat, increasing majority by around 6,000.

    "A better night than the Conservatives had initially anticipated here - the polls for past few months had put Labour and Tories neck-and-neck."

  129. Swindon South

    Robert Buckland holds seat

    Conservative Robert Buckland increases the Tory majority in Swindon South with 22,777 votes compared to 16,992 for Labour's Anne Snelgrove.

    "It is a privilege to be the MP for South Swindon. And now it is time to get on with the hard work. Thank you very much," he tells those at the count.

    Robert Buckland
  130. BreakingSwindon South

    Conservative hold

    Swindon South held by the Conservative Robert Buckland.

  131. Post update

    Press Association reporter Claire Hayhurst tweets: The wait in Bristol West + Bristol North West is too much for this guy. I can recommend menthol sweets to stay awake.

    We're currently munching on chocolate with the promise of pizza in half an hour! Lucky us!

    A man sleeping at the Bristol West + Bristol North West election count
  132. Yeovil - Somerton & Frome

    'Far from safe'

    Laura Jones

    BBC Points West, in Yeovil

    There are two counts going on here - firstly the constituency of Yeovil and also the neighbouring constituency of Somerton and Frome. Both currently Lib Dem holds.

    There has been quite a lot of speculation that Somerton and Frome might go to the Conservative candidate but everyone had assumed that Yeovil was pretty safe.

    Now the word on the floor here in Yeovil is that it's far from safe. We still think it's going to be very close. Lib Dem people here who've been looking at the ballot papers do look very glum indeed.

    The excitement has all got a bit much for the election cat here at the count.

    A cat at the election count in Yeovil, Somerset
  133. Post update

    BBC Wiltshire's Iona Hansell tweets: The Salisbury election count is underway. 88 people counting, overseen by 13 supervisors.

    Salisbury count
  134. Stroud

    Tory 'looking confident'

    Conservative candidate for Stroud Neil Carmichael has arrived looking confident, reports BBC Gloucestershire's Heather Simons.

    He said he's "worn out lots of pairs of shoes knocking on doors" and he thinks he knows what the voters want.

  135. Somerset North East

    Blue ahead?

    Labour sources admit they will fail to take Somerset North East from the Conservatives' defending candidate Jacob Rees-Mogg.

  136. Wiltshire North

    Life of a vote slip

    BBC Wiltshire's Melanie Stewart-Smith tweets: Ever wondered what happens to your polling card? Here's the North Wilts ones...

    Used polling cards in North Wiltshire
    Used polling cards in North Wiltshire
  137. Positive Lib Dem

    'I'll eat my hat'

    Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown, who lives in Somerset, said he will "publicly eat his hat" if predictions the party will lose 47 seats are correct.

    Click here to see him speaking to Andrew Neil as part of the BBC's election coverage.

    Paddy Ashdown
  138. Via Twitter

    Candidate 'arrives to cheers'

    BBC Wiltshire's Dan O'Brien tweets: Labour's @annesnelgrove arrives to cheers at the South Swindon count. But many Tories reckon they'll hold it.

    Swindon South count
  139. Swindon South

    At the count

    Rajini Vaidyanathan

    BBC News

    "Conservatives here are now much more confident of winning this marginal seat, given the result in Swindon North," the BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan says.

    "They now think they could come closer to matching last election's majority (of around 3,500).

    "Seat is key bellwether and if Tories hold onto this seat, it's a reflection of how the night could go for the Conservatives."

  140. BreakingCheltenham

    Horwood out?

    Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood has admitted to two reporters that he believes he has lost his seat to Conservative candidate Alex Chalk.

  141. Cheltenham

    'Lib Dems exposed'

    Labour's Paul Gilbert says he thinks the count in Cheltenham will be very close.

    "I think the interesting thing in Cheltenham is that for at least two elections now there has been a very big play by the Liberal Democrats to vote tactically and keep the Tories out.

    "Partly because of the coalition experience and partly because people really do want to have a proper debate, and to hear people with different perspectives.

    "I think the tactical vote will fall away this time, and that exposes Martin Horwood (Liberal Democrats) to a challenge which maybe he wasn't expecting at the beginning of the campaign."

    Click here to read more about the constituency on the BBC Election website. Estimated declaration time 03:30.

  142. Stroud

    At the count

    Steve Knibbs

    BBC Points West

    Green Party and UKIP believe they've taken votes off Labour and Conservatives.

  143. Stroud

    Cider with who?

    Stroud, in Gloucestershire, is surrounded by beautiful valleys - famously painted in words by Laurie Lee in his book, "Cider with Rosie".

    Stroud valley

    The constituency boasts picturesque villages, popular farmers' markets, independent shops and key manufacturing and engineering industries.

    It was a Conservative seat for nearly 50 years until Labour's David Drew snatched it from the blues in 1997. Tory Neil Carmichael then won it back in 2010 and the two candidates have gone head-to-head again this time around.

    Who will be raising a glass overnight? Read more about the Stroud constituency by clicking here.

  144. Post update

    BBC reporter Ali Vowles tweets from the Bath count: About to #periscope IV with @UniofBath politics expert and political scientist Dave Cutts. Really interesting perspective @bbcpointswest

  145. North East Somerset

    Rees-Mogg predicts minority Tory government

    Any party that has more than 310 seats can form a government on its own, North East Somerset Conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg tells the BBC.

    "When you have over 310 seats you don't need a formal coalition," he says.

    "So, I think it will be single party government but one that could lose on individual issues if every other party coalesced against it.

    "It will be an interesting situation. It will be closer than we've been used to since the 1970s but it will be a workable government."

  146. Post update

    Points West reporter Steve Knibbs, at the count in Stroud, tweets: Chatting to UKIP and Greens at #ge2015stroud who believe they've dented the Labour and Conservative support here.

  147. Post update

    BBC Points West's Ali Vowles tweets: Conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg & family arrive at #Bath and #besomerset count. Says exit polls reflect what he's been hearing on the streets

  148. Yeovil

    At the count

    "Liberal Democrats remain tight-lipped. Labour agent says both they and UKIP are picking up Lib Dem votes in Yeovil itself," BBC Somerset's Jack Murley reports.

    "More than one person has also uttered the word 'recount'"

  149. Post update

    BBC Radio Bristol's Jonathan Holmes tweets: Count underway for Filton & Bradley Stoke. Media area is behind netting for the hall! Turnout due at 1:30 @bbcrb

    Count underway for Filton & Bradley Stoke
  150. Stroud

    Close fight predicted

    Laura Francis

    Political reporter BBC Gloucestershire

    This was a Conservative seat for nearly 50 years, but in 1997 Stroud was taken by Labour's David Drew.

    In 2010, Labour lost to Conservative Neil Carmichael who had tried twice before to win the seat.

    There were only 1,200 votes between the two candidates last time and both parties have been fighting hard.

    Stroud had high profile visits from both the Tories and Labour.

    Boris Johnson took a stroll round Stroud and Nailsworth, while shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper spent time at a children's centre in Dursley with Labour's candidate.

  151. Gloucester

    Bellwether blue or red?

    Laura Francis

    Political reporter BBC Gloucestershire

    Gloucester is another marginal seat in the West of England.

    Gloucester Cathedral

    In recent years the city has been seen as a bellwether constituency and the seat has flipped-flopped between Labour and the Conservatives.

    Five years ago Conservative Richard Graham took the seat from Labour.

    Over the campaign the city has hosted a number of visits from Labour as their candidate Sophy Gardner battles to try and win this back.

  152. Swindon South

    Race for the Magic Roundabout

    Swindon South - home to the transport innovation that is the Magic Roundabout - is predicted to be a much tighter race than neighbouring Swindon North.

    The Magic Roundabout in Swindon

    Robert Buckland won the seat for the Conservatives with a majority of 3,500 in 2010 but will be facing up against former Labour MP Anne Snelgrove this time.

    The BBC cameras have, inevitably, been focussing on the constituency with David Garmston looking at possible outcomes while John Maguire played pin the policy on the politician.

  153. Swindon North

    Prof John Curtice analysis

    What does the Swindon North result tell us about how things might pan out nationally? Professor John Curtice says it might mean the exit polls are correct.

    "We were expecting just a 1% swing from Con to Lab in this constituency with a 12 point drop in the Lib Dem vote," he says.

    "In practice the swing was 4% to the Cons while the Lib Dem vote was down by 14 points.

    "This is undoubtedly a straw in the wind suggesting the exit poll may not be so wrong after all."

  154. Post update

    BBC Newsnight presenter Laura Kuenssberg tweets: Swindon North - Conservatives hold this important marginal - Cameron launched campaign in Swindon and tories campaigning hard there

  155. Swindon North

    Conservative vote up

    Conservative Justin Tomlinson increases his share of the vote by nearly 6% with 26,295 votes. Labour's Mark Dempsey was his nearest challenger with 14,509.

  156. Swindon North

    'A town on the up'

    Justin Tomlinson, the first Conservative candidate elected in the UK in this general election, said in his winning speech: "As a local resident I'm exceptionally proud to be given another opportunity to represent our fantastic town.

    "Swindon is a town on the up and I'm proud to be championing our town. I'd like to thank all our opponents. While we don't agree politically, we remain good friends."

  157. Yeovil

    'Mood of uncertainty'

    As the count in Yeovil the Liberal Democrats tell BBC Somerset's Jack Murley the mood is "one of uncertainty".

    But the Conservatives say taking the seat "would be seismic".

  158. BreakingSwindon North

    Conservative hold

    Justin Tomlinson wins Swindon North.

  159. Sea of blue in Wiltshire?

    Wiltshire is currently a sea of blue with an island of yellow.

    Westbury White Horse

    In 2010, Claire Perry, Justin Tomlinson, Robert Buckland, James Gray, John Glen and Andrew Murrison to represent the county for the Conservatives.

    Only Duncan Hames was voted in to represent another party - for the Liberal Democrats in Chippenham.

    But what will happen this time? BBC Wiltshire is on air all evening with the latest.

  160. Post update

    BBC Wiltshire's Dan O'Brien tweets: North Swindon turnout 64.7%. Not hugely different to last time, but anecdotes suggest South could be much higher

  161. Post update

    BBC Radio Bristol's Caroline Densley tweets: Hello from the Grange School in #southgloucestershire here for the #kingswood count #ge2015 more after 0100 @bbcrb

    Election count in Kingswood
  162. Kingswood

    Analysis of the constituency

    Chris Brierley

    BBC political reporter

    Kingswood is the most marginal seat in the BBC Radio Bristol area - and one Labour should be winning back if they have any hope of getting into power.

    But Ashcroft polls in April put the Tories ahead - even more so than in 2010 - which would see Chris Skidmore re-elected.

    But the collapse of the Liberal Democrat vote and the rise of UKIP will be big factors in the final result here.

    Bryant's Hill
  163. Stroud

    At the count

    Steve Knibbs

    Gloucestershire reporter, BBC Points West

    A slow start here where the town's former MP, Labour's David Drew, is trying to reclaim his seat from the incumbent Conservative Neil Carmichael.

    Stroud count

    Stroud had a 74% turnout in 2010 and it was a reasonably close contest with a majority for the Conservatives of 1,299 votes.

    At the moment it's a pretty typical election scene. Party staffers overlooking the counting staff looking to see which pile is building up the highest.

    There are plenty of clipboards, serious faces and a fair bit of pacing so far.

    There is, however, a long way to go. In 2010 Stroud declared at 4.14am.

  164. Bath

    Nervous time

    And over in Bath it's a nervous time for the Liberal Democrat candidate Steve Bradley.

    He's hoping to follow in the footsteps of Don Foster, who announced he was stepping down last January.

    Steve Bradley
    Image caption: Steve Bradley has been campaigning on the city's transport issues.

    Mr Foster took the seat from Chris Patten, the then Conservative party chairman, in 1992, and has held it ever since.

    But some think the result will be too close to call.

    Key issues in the constituency include a possible A36-A46 link road bypass.

  165. Bridgwater and Somerset West

    Deer hunts and badger cull

    Deer hunting and the badger cull have been two political hot potatoes in the Bridgwater and West Somerset constituency.

    The seat is home to two of the last remaining deer hunts in the country.

    Culling badgers to stop the spread of bovine TB is backed by UKIP, but the Greens and Labour have called for a total halt.

    Badger
    Image caption: Defra carried out pilot culls in West Somerset and Gloucestershire in 2013 to halt the spread of bovine TB

    The Liberal Democrats said they would decide once they knew the result of all the trials.

    Taking in the Quantock Hills, part of Exmoor and the cliffs around Porlock, the constituency is a popular retirement location with one in five residents over 65, according to ONS 2011.

  166. Post update

    Did you know?

    Across the former Avon area there were 561 polling stations open for business on Thursday.

    And overnight there are an impressive 3,000 people leafing through your votes to work out who your next MP will be.

    That's a lot of tea and biscuits needed to keep them awake overnight ... Get the kettle on!

    Tea and biscuits
  167. Post update

    Are you listening, Somerset?

    For the very latest overnight across Somerset, join Dan Chisholm (2200-0100), Jonathan Ray (0100-0500) and Joe Lemur (0500-0630) on BBC Somerset. You can listen live via your digital radio, on FM it's 95.5 FM, 1566 AM, or click here for the BBC iPlayer.

    BBC Somerset election logo
  168. Cheltenham

    The race is on

    Cheltenham is home to the National Hunt Festival, a world famous Ladies College, the GCHQ "doughnut" and - during the last five years - Gloucestershire's only non-Conservative MP.

    The Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham racecourse

    It remains pretty much a two-horse race in the spa town, as Liberal Democrat Martin Horwood looks to hold the seat he won in 2010 with a slim majority.

    Will Tory candidate Alex Chalk pip him to the post this time around? Click here to read more about the constituency.

  169. Bath

    Analysis of the constituency

    Chris Brierley

    BBC political reporter

    Bath has been called an elegant, rich spa and tourist city and has a high population of wealthy young singles and is home to the university offering the "best student experience".

    Royal Crescent in Bath

    And with that high proportion of students it adds an interesting angle to the electoral maths. Who will they vote for?

    From 1918 to 1992, it was held by the Conservatives until a certain Don Foster came along.

    At the last election, the Liberal Democrats took more than 56% of the vote and Don Foster had a 11,883 majority. But this time the talk is that a swing is possible - with the Conservatives hoping they can win it back.

  170. Bristol West

    Analysis of the constituency

    Chris Brierley

    BBC political reporter

    This is one of the most interesting seats in the BBC Radio Bristol area and has gained national attention during the campaign. And that is because the Greens think it's one of their big hopes.

    It's a three-way battle with Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams, who's been a government minister with a whopping 11,000 majority, hoping to hold on.

    But one in 10 of the constituency's residents is a student. Will they vote yellow again?

    Also factor in a resurgent Labour, with Thangham Debbonaire, who are hoping to grab back a seat they held between 1997 and 2005. Ashcroft polls show they might just do it.

  171. Good evening

    Ian Parker

    BBC News, West

    The polls have closed and votes have been cast.

    At the last election, the region voted for 18 Conservative MPs, nine Liberal Democrats and two Labour.

    But what will the make-up be after 2015's voting slips have been counted? We'll be here all night with the results.