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

Hartlepool

Parliamentary constituency

LAB HOLD

Results

  1. Labour
    Mike Hill
    • Votes: 15,464
    • Vote share %: 37.7
    • Vote share change: -14.8
  2. Conservative
    Stefan Houghton
    • Votes: 11,869
    • Vote share %: 28.9
    • Vote share change: -5.3
  3. The Brexit Party
    Richard Tice
    • Votes: 10,603
    • Vote share %: 25.8
    • Vote share change: +25.8
  4. Liberal Democrat
    Andy Hagon
    • Votes: 1,696
    • Vote share %: 4.1
    • Vote share change: +2.3
  5. Independent
    Joe Bousfield
    • Votes: 911
    • Vote share %: 2.2
    • Vote share change: +2.2
  6. Socialist Labour Party
    Kevin Cranney
    • Votes: 494
    • Vote share %: 1.2
    • Vote share change: +1.2

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • LAB majority: 3,595
  • Registered voters: 70,855
  • % share:
    57.9%
  • Change since 2017: -1.2

Vote share

Party % share
Labour 37.7%
Conservative 28.9%
The Brexit Party 25.8%
Liberal Democrat 4.1%
Independent 2.2%
Socialist Labour Party 1.2%

Vote share change since 2017

  • The Brexit Party +25.8 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat +2.3 Gained
  • Independent +2.2 Gained
  • Socialist Labour Party +1.2 Gained
  • Conservative -5.3 Lost
  • Labour -14.8 Lost

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Tory vote felt solid from the outset

Danny Savage

North of England correspondent

For the six weeks of the general election campaign, I travelled around the UK talking to voters in numerous constituencies for Radio 4. We tried to mix up the type of constituencies - not just marginal - but safe seats, target seats and different voter demographics.

The first was in Hartlepool, where it felt like the Brexit party could potentially gain a seat. But six weeks on, the Brexit Party threat had vanished.

The Conservative vote felt solid from the outset, but a day at the races at Wolverhampton brought home the extent of pro Tory feeling. Here we found lifelong Labour supporters who were turning to the Tories. The reason? Jeremy Corbyn.

On the streets of Britain, Mr Corbyn proved to be the most divisive figure in politics. Yes, we heard from fans, some who described him as a breath of fresh air, but they were in the minority.

In short, the electorate disliked Jeremy Corbyn to such a level that he forced many of them to turn their back on the party they had always voted for. If I had a pound for every time somebody expressed their dislike for him, I would have lots of pounds.

Hartlepool Marina
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Hartlepool: Labour sees off Brexit Party challenge

Labour MP Mike Hill has retained his Hartlepool seat, defeating the Brexit Party in a town that overwhelmingly voted Leave in the 2016 EU referendum.

The Labour candidate beat Conservative Stefan Houghton by 3,595 votes, less than half the majority at the 2017 election.

Richard Tice, chairman of the Brexit Party, came third and Liberal Democrat Andy Hagon came fourth.

Hartlepool, where almost 70% of voters chose to leave the EU in 2016, was a top target for the Brexit Party.

In a joint statement, the Conservatives and the Brexit Party said their combined vote share shows "there isn’t an appetite for Mike Hill in the town".

In a tweet, Mr Hill wrote: "I am humbled beyond words that Hartlepool has put its faith in me and the Labour Party once more."

Voter turnout was down by 1.2 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 41,000 people, 57.9% of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.

Three of the six candidates, Mr Hagon, Joe Bousfield (independent) and Kevin Cranney (Socialist Labour Party) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

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'There isn’t an appetite for Mike Hill in the town'

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

The Brexit Party threw the kitchen sink at Hartlepool.

Four leaflets a day landing at times.

The result - third. Labour hold.

And the Conservatives might be wondering what might have been with a more concerted campaign.

A joint statement from the Tories and the Brexit Party said: “It’s clear from tonight’s result that the combined votes of the Conservatives and Brexit parties would have formed a majority and clearly shows there isn’t an appetite for Mike Hill in the town.”

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BreakingBrexit Party loses bid for Hartlepool as Labour hold on

Labour's Mike Hill has kept his Hartlepool seat in the face of a spirited challenge from the Conservatives and the Brexit Party.

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Brexit Party chairman at Hartlepool count

Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice arrives at the count in Hartlepool.

He is bidding to become the party's first MP. The bookmakers think he will not make it.

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'Brexit Party and Conservatives wiped each other out'

Lee Johnson

BBC Tees

Conservatives in Hartlepool tell me: “Brexit Party and Conservatives have wiped each other out.”

The piles on the tables pretty much confirm that.

Told we could have a declaration around 02:00, and it looks like a Labour hold at the moment.

Hartlepool count
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