Graham Allen has held Nottingham North for Labour in the 2015 General Election, although UKIP also put in a strong showing this time – reflecting the picture at polls across the country.
The constituency, which contains some of the city’s most deprived areas, has long been a Labour safe seat and Mr Allen, who has made social justice one of the cornerstones of his parliamentary career, was never expected to face a significant challenge.
His vote of 19,283 was six per cent up on 2010.
The notable change of the night was the strong showing of UKIP who took 18.5 per cent of the vote (6,542), a 14.6 per cent rise on 2010, although the Conservatives held on to second place with 7,423 votes – 3.8 per cent down on 2010.
Labour, Graham Allen, 19,283
Conservative, Louise Burfitt-Dons, 7,423
UKIP, Stephen Crosby, 6,542
Green Party, Kat Boettge, 1,088
Liberal Democrat, Tony Sutton, 847
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, Catherine Meadows, 160
Turnout: 53.6 per cent
Labour’s Chris Leslie has retained his seat in Nottingham East for another five years after winning 19,208 votes with the Conservative candidate polling just 7,314 votes.
Nottingham East is viewed as a safe Labour seat, and it turned out to be so with Mr Leslie beating Conservative candidate Garry Hickton.
Labour won in 2010 with a majority of 6969 (21%) after winning 45.4% of the vote with Conservatives coming second winning 23.7% of the vote.
Chris Leslie is now likely to be a big player in Labour’s future following the result which has seen a devastating performance in the polls across the country for Labour.
UKIP candidate Fran Loi was interviewed by the CBJ election team before the result in Nottingham East:
Robert Jenrick of the Conservatives is elected the new MP for Newark as he won by a majority, gaining around 18,000 more votes than nearest challenger Michael Payne of Labour. He had previously won by 7,00 votes at last year’s by-election.
Robert Jenrick got 29,834 votes to Michael Payne’s 11,360 votes.
Jenrick was first elected Member of Parliament for the Newark Constituency in 2014, when he won the parliamentary by-election.
Runner up Michael Payne gave his thoughts on the outcome.
He said: “Tonight’s results show Britain is divided and I hope all parties can work together to improve that.”
Newly elected MP for Newark Mr Robert Jenrick also gave his reaction and talked about his plans for the people of Newark as well to Nottingham Trent University journalist Jake Meskell:
A total of 51,340 people voted in this constituency in the 2010 General Election but that number was far higher this time round.
Erewash has been held by Conservative candidate Maggie Throup with 43% of the vote despite it being a seat in Labour’s sights.
After being announced as the winner, with a majority of 3,584 votes, Ms Throup promised to build on the work that Jessica Lee had begun when she won the seat for the Conservatives in 2010.
She said that transport links within the borough and tackling congestion would be her main priorities.
Labour had been looking to regain this seat if they were to have had any chance of ending the night as the largest party.
Ballot boxes started arriving in Erewash just after half past ten and the count started just after midnight.
He was followed, shortly afterwards, by Labour candidate Catherine Atkinson who arrived at the count with her husband. https://twitter.com/ElectionNotts/status/596451243431714816
The Conservative candidate Anna Soubry has held on to the seat of Broxtowe after securing more than 24,000 votes and increasing her slim majority of just 392 votes to almost five thousand in one of the election’s biggest surprises of the night.
She had been widely tipped to lose the key marginal seat and was visibly surprised to win on a night which has seen the Conservative party gain a number of seats targeted by Labour.
The former TV presenter, who has been one of the most outspoken Conservative MPs during the last parliament, gave this reaction:
Labour candidate Nick Palmer, who had been tipped to steal the seat which he had held for 13 years before losing it in 2010, was too upset to speak to journalists at the count.
The Conservative candidate Mark Spencer has regained his seat in Sherwood and increased his majority in yet another surprise election result.
Mr Spencer was fighting for the seat, traditionally held by Labour, with a tiny majority of just 214 votes and many were predicted that Labour’s Leonie Mathers could win it back.
Earlier he had admitted feeling nervous as the votes were counted at the Dukeries Leisure Centre, in Ollerton.
He won the seat for the Conservatives party five years ago for the first time since 1987. He had been widely tipped to lose out this time round but on a night of great success for his party he was another politician to benefit.
Ms Mathers for Labour came in second with 18,186 votes, Sally Chadd, for UKIP, polled 7,399 votes whilst Green candidate Lydia-Davies Bright narrowly beat the Liberal Democrat candidate Daniel Mosley into fourth place with 1,108 votes against 1,094 votes.
Labour candidate Lillian Greenwood has held her seat in Nottingham South winning a majority of almost seven thousand votes.
The results were announced at 6:20 am with the Labour candidate winning 20,697 votes and the Conservative candidate Jane Hunt coming in second with 13,761 votes despite rumours of an upset all through the night.
This increases her lead from 1772 to almost 7000.
Turnout for the constituency also rose to a total of 43,699 which included a large number of postal votes.
This was the first of three Labour victories in the city as candidates Graham William Allen from Nottingham North and Christopher Leslie from Nottingham East winning 19,283 votes and 19,208 votes respectively.
The victory tightens Labour’s hold on the city of Nottingham on a disastrous night in the polls for the party across the country.
Labour candidate Gloria de Piero has won the seat of Ashfield increasing her tiny majority of 192 to almost nine thousand votes.
Ms de Piero beat Conservative candidate Helen Harrison, who polled 10,628 votes, into second place.
The declaration at Festival Hall, in Kirkby in Ashfield, came through just after five thirty this morning:
After the declaration she told Nottingham Trent University journalists of her relief at the result: “This has been a long campaign and I can’t thank my supporters enough for all of the hardwork they’ve put in to secure this result, the right result, which I will now work equally hard to justify.”
Turnout in Ashfield was 61.5%, higher than average, like many constituencies across Nottinghamshire.
Philip Smith, for the Liberal Democrats, who have suffered heavy losses across the UK, came in third with 14.8% of the vote.
Labour’s Vernon Coaker managed to hang on to Gedling seat by increasing his majority to just under three thousand despite being predicted to lose during a disastrous election night for the party.
Mr Coaker has held the seat since winning it from Conservative Andrew Mitchell in 1997 but Labour’s hold on Gedling has been somewhat precarious and of all the seats that Labour holds in Nottinghamshire this was the one they were most afraid of losing.
Carolyn Abbott, for Conservatives, won 17,321 votes whilst Liberal Democrat Robert Swift polled just 1,906 and Jim Norris for the Green Party got 1,534 votes leaving Lee Waters for UKIP in last place with 6,930 votes.
Turnout in Gedling was 70%, up by around ten percent on the last General Election.
Labour’s Sir Alan Meale has been re-elected in Mansfield for the seventh time despite fears that UKIP’s growing popularity in the area could affect the party’s vote.
Sir Alan Meale has held the traditional Labour seat since 1987 but, before the result was announced, he admitted to being nervous.
He won comfortably with 18,603 votes which earned him a majority of more than 5,300.
UKIP candidate Sid Pepper polled 11,850 votes coming third behind the Conservatives candidate Andrea Clarke who polled 13,288 votes.
Labour now has an 11.3% majority after a high voter turnout of 61.1%.
The Liberal Democrat candidate Tony Rogers, who failed to turn up to the count at Mansfield, received 1,642 votes and the Green Party candidate Paul Frost was not far behind with 1,486 votes.
Former chancellor Ken Clarke has retained his Rushcliffe seat after winning 28,345 votes in his constituency on a night when his party completed a historic victory in the polls.
Labour’s David Mellen came second with 14,525 votes and Lib Dem’s Bob Johnston coming third with 2,783. In 2010 Clarke, who has held this seat for 45 years, won 51.2% seats, with a majority of 15,811 with the Lib Dems coming second winning 21.7% of the vote.
Labour’s John Mann has won the safe seat of Bassetlaw by increasing his share of the vote and gaining a majority of 8,843.
The result was announced around half past five this morning that Mr Mann had won. Despite heavy Labour loses through the night, the result came as no surprise for the popular MP who has held the seat since 2001.
He was up against Conservative candidate Sarah Downes, who arrived at the count in Bassetlaw at about a quarter to 11, who came in second place with just 15,122 votes – down by 3.2% on her 2010 General Election result.
UKIP’s Dave Scott polled third with 7,865 votes, gaining a staggering 12.4% up on the last election.
Leon Duveen of the Liberal Democrats got 1,331 of the votes narrowly beating Green Party candidate Kriss Wragg, who won 1,006 votes, into fourth place.
Problems on the A1 earlier in the evening had delayed the arrival of the ballot boxes.
Bassetlaw, a strong former mining community, saw a turnout of 64.4%.