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General Election 2017 Seat by Seat Predictions: 64: Northamptonshire

7 May 2017 at 01:04

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Seats: 7
Current Political Makeup: Con 7
Predicted Political Makeup after May 7: Con 7

1. Corby

2010 Result:
Conservative: 22886 (42.2%)
Labour: 20991 (38.7%)
Lib Dem: 7834 (14.4%)
BNP: 2525 (4.7%)
MAJORITY: 1895 (3.5%)

BY ELECTION

Andy Sawford (Labour) 17267 48.4% (+9.8%)
Christine Emmett (Conservative) 9476 26.6% (-15.6%)
Margot Parker (UKIP) 5108 14.3% (n/a)
Jill Hope (Liberal Democrat) 1770 5% (-9.5%)
Gordon Riddell (BNP) 614 1.7% (-3%)
David Wickham (English Democrat) 432 1.2% (n/a)
Jonathan Hornett (Green) 378 1.1% (n/a)
Ian Gillman (Independent) 212 0.6% (n/a)
Peter Reynolds (Cannabis Law Reform) 137 0.4% (n/a)
David Bishop (Elvis Loves Pets) 99 0.3% (n/a)
Mr Mozzarella (Independent) 73 0.2% (n/a)
Rohen Kapur (Young People) 39 0.1% (n/a)
Adam Lotun (Democracy 2015) 35 0.1% (n/a)
Christopher Scotton (United People) 25 0.1% (n/a)
MAJORITY 7791 21.8%
Turnout 44.8% (-24.4%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Tom Pursglove 24,023 42.8 +0.6
Labour Co-op Andy Sawford 21,611 38.5 -0.2
UKIP Margot Parker 7,708 13.7 N/A
Liberal Democrat Peter Harris 1,458 2.6 -11.8
Green Jonathan Hornett 1,374 2.4 N/A
Majority 2,412 4.3 +0.7
Turnout 56,174 70.4 +1.2

Leave Vote: 60.1%

Sitting MP: Tom Pursglove (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

I suppose in theory Labour might be hoping to win this back but in all seriousness, I can’t see it.

2. Daventry

2010 Result:
Conservative: 29252 (56.5%)
Labour: 8168 (15.8%)
Lib Dem: 10064 (19.4%)
Green: 770 (1.5%)
UKIP: 2333 (4.5%)
English Dem: 1187 (2.3%)
MAJORITY: 19188 (37.1%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Chris Heaton-Harris5 30,550 58.2 +1.7
Labour Abigail Campbell6 9,491 18.1 +2.3
UKIP Michael Gerard7 8,296 15.8 +11.3
Liberal Democrat Callum Delhoy8 2,352 4.5 -15
Green Steve Whiffen 1,829 3.5 +2
Majority 21,059 40.1 +3
Turnout 52,518 72.2 -0.3

Leave Vote: 58.6%

Sitting MP: Chris Heaton-Harris (Con
Prediction: Conservative hold

3. Kettering

2010 Result:
Conservative: 23247 (49.1%)
Labour: 14153 (29.9%)
Lib Dem: 7498 (15.8%)
BNP: 1366 (2.9%)
English Dem: 952 (2%)
Others: 112 (0.2%)
MAJORITY: 9094 (19.2%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Philip Hollobone 24,467 51.8 +2.7
Labour Rhea Keehn6 11,877 25.2 -4.8
UKIP Jonathan Bullock7 7,600 16.1 +16.1
Green Rob Reeves8 1,633 3.5 N/A
Liberal Democrat Chris McGlynn 1,490 3.2 -12.7
English Democrat Derek Hilling 9 151 0.3 -1.7
Majority 12,590 26.7
Turnout 67.3

Leave Vote: 61%

Sitting MP: Philip Hollobone
Prediction: Conservative hold

UKIP aren’t standing here. Watch Hollobone’s majority rocket.

4. Northampton North

2010 Result:
Conservative: 13735 (34.1%)
Labour: 11799 (29.3%)
Lib Dem: 11250 (27.9%)
BNP: 1316 (3.3%)
Green: 443 (1.1%)
UKIP: 1238 (3.1%)
Christian: 98 (0.2%)
Independent: 334 (0.8%)
Others: 58 (0.1%)
MAJORITY: 1936 (4.8%

2015 Result:
Conservative Michael Ellis 16,699 42.4 +8.3
Labour Sally Keeble 13,454 34.1 +4.8
UKIP Tom Rubython6 6,354 16.1 +13.0
Green Tony Clarke7 1,503 3.8 +2.7
Liberal Democrat Angela Paterson 1,401 3.6 -24.4
Majority 3,245 8.2

Leave Vote: 60.3%

Sitting MP: Michael Ellis (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

5. Northampton South

2010 Result:
Conservative: 15917 (40.8%)
Labour: 9913 (25.4%)
Lib Dem: 7579 (19.4%)
Green: 363 (0.9%)
UKIP: 1897 (4.9%)
English Dem: 618 (1.6%)
Independent: 2242 (5.8%)
Others: 449 (1.2%)
MAJORITY: 6004 (15.4%)

2015 Result:
Conservative David Mackintosh 16,163 41.6 +0.7
Labour Kevin McKeever 12,370 31.8 +6.4
UKIP Rose Gibbins 7,114 18.3 +13.4
Liberal Democrat Sadik Chaudhury 1,673 4.3 -15.1
Green Julie Hawkins 1,403 3.6 +2.7
Majority 3,793 9.8
Turnout 38,884 63.4 +5.2

Sitting MP: David Macintosh (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

Macintosh has stood down. If he hadn’t this seat might have gone back to Labour. It still might, but it’s doubtful.

6. South Northamptonshire

2010 Result:
Conservative: 33081 (55.2%)
Labour: 10380 (17.3%)
Lib Dem: 12603 (21%)
Green: 685 (1.1%)
UKIP: 2406 (4%)
English Dem: 735 (1.2%)
MAJORITY: 20478 (34.2%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Andrea Leadsom 36,607 60.1 +4.9
Labour Lucy Mills 10,191 16.7 -0.6
UKIP Roger Clark 8,204 13.5 +9.5
Liberal Democrat Tom Snowdon 3,613 5.9 -15.1
Green Damon Boughen 2,247 3.7 +2.5
Majority 26,416 43.4
Turnout 60,862 71.1

Leave Vote: 53.3%

Sitting MP: Andrea Leadsom (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

7. Wellingborough

2010 Result:
Conservative: 24918 (48.2%)
Labour: 13131 (25.4%)
Lib Dem: 8848 (17.1%)
BNP: 1596 (3.1%)
Green: 480 (0.9%)
UKIP: 1636 (3.2%)
English Dem: 530 (1%)
TUSC: 249 (0.5%)
Independent: 240 (0.5%)
Others: 33 (0.1%)
MAJORITY: 11787 (22.8%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Peter Bone 26,265 52.1 +3.8
UKIP Jonathan Munday7 9,868 19.6 +16.4
Labour Richard Garvie1 9,839 19.5 -5.9
Liberal Democrat Chris Nelson 2,240 4.4 -12.7
Green Marion-Turner-Hawes 2,218 4.4 +3.5
Majority 16,397 32.5
Turnout 50,430 65.4 -1.8

Leave Vote: 63%

Sitting MP: Peter Bone (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

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General Election 2017 Seat by Seat Predictions: 63: Leicestershire

7 May 2017 at 00:16

LEICESTERSHIRE

Seats: 10
Current Political Makeup: Con 7, Lab 3
Predicted Political Makeup after June 8: Con 7, Lab 3

1. Bosworth

2010 Result:
Conservative: 23132 (42.6%)
Labour: 8674 (16%)
Lib Dem: 18100 (33.3%)
BNP: 2458 (4.5%)
UKIP: 1098 (2%)
English Dem: 615 (1.1%)
Others: 197 (0.4%)
MAJORITY: 5032 (9.3%)

2015 Result:
Conservative David Tredinnick 22,939 42.8 +0.2
Liberal Democrat Michael Mullaney 11,951 22.3 −11.0
Labour Chris Kealey 9,354 17.5 +1.5
UKIP David Sprason 9,338 17.4 +15.4
Majority 10,988 20.5 +11.2
Turnout 53,582 67 -3.2

Leave Result: 60.8%

Sitting MP: David Tredinnick (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

2. Charnwood

2010 Result:
Conservative: 26560 (49.6%)
Labour: 10536 (19.7%)
Lib Dem: 11531 (21.5%)
BNP: 3116 (5.8%)
UKIP: 1799 (3.4%)
MAJORITY: 15029 (28.1%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Ed Argar8 28,384 54.3 +4.7
Labour Sean Kelly-Walsh 9 11,453 21.9 +2.2
UKIP Lynton Yates10 8,330 15.9 +12.6
Liberal Democrat Simon Sansome 3,605 6.9 -14.6
BNP Cathy Duffy 489 0.9 -4.9
Majority 16,931 32.4 +4.3
Turnout 52,261 67.6 -4.3

Leave Vote: 57.9%

Sitting MP: Ed Argar (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

3. Harborough

010 Result:
Conservative: 26894 (48.9%)
Labour: 6981 (12.7%)
Lib Dem: 17097 (31.1%)
BNP: 1715 (3.1%)
UKIP: 1462 (2.7%)
English Dem: 568 (1%)
Independent: 228 (0.4%)
MAJORITY: 9797 (17.8%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Edward Garnier 27,675 52.7 +3.8
Labour Sundip Meghani 8,043 15.3 +2.6
UKIP Mark Hunt 7,539 14.4 +11.7
Liberal Democrat Zuffar Haq 7,037 13.4 -17.7
Green Darren Woodiwiss 2,177 4.1 N/A
Majority 19,632 37.4
Turnout 52,471 67.5 -2.9

Leave Vote: 52.4%

Sitting MP: Edward Garnier (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

4. Leicester East

2010 Result:
Conservative: 11722 (24.4%)
Labour: 25804 (53.8%)
Lib Dem: 6817 (14.2%)
BNP: 1700 (3.5%)
Green: 733 (1.5%)
UKIP: 725 (1.5%)
Others: 494 (1%)
MAJORITY: 14082 (29.3%)

2015 Result:
Labour Keith Vaz 29,386 61.1 +7.4
Conservative Kishan Devani 11,034 23.0 -1.5
UKIP Susanna Steptoe5 4,290 8.9 +7.4
Green Nimit Jethwa 6 1,468 3.1 +1.5
Liberal Democrat Dave Raval 1,233 2.6 -11.6
TUSC Michael Barker 540 1.1 N/A
Independent Tom Darwood 117 0.2 N/A
Majority 18,352 38.2
Turnout 48,599 63.7

Leave Vote: 54.1%

Sitting MP: Keith Vaz (Lab)
Prediction: Labour hold

5. Leicester South

2010 Result:
Conservative: 10066 (21.4%)
Labour: 21479 (45.6%)
Lib Dem: 12671 (26.9%)
BNP: 1418 (3%)
Green: 770 (1.6%)
UKIP: 720 (1.5%)
MAJORITY: 8808 (18.7%)

2015 Result:
Labour Co-op Jon Ashworth 27,493 59.8 +2.0
Conservative Leon Hadji-Nikolaou 9,628 20.9 -0.5
UKIP Peter Stone15 3,832 8.3 +6.8
Green Gabriella Garcia16 2,533 5.5 +3.9
Liberal Democrat Anita Prabhakar17 2,127 4.6 -22.3
TUSC Andrew Walton 349 0.8 N/A
Majority 17,845 38.9
Turnout 45,962 62.5

Leave Vote: 42.1%%

Sitting MP: Jonathan Ashworth (Lab)
Prediction: Labour hold

6. Leicester West

2010 Result:
Conservative: 9728 (27.2%)
Labour: 13745 (38.4%)
Lib Dem: 8107 (22.6%)
BNP: 2158 (6%)
Green: 639 (1.8%)
UKIP: 883 (2.5%)
TUSC: 157 (0.4%)
Independent: 181 (0.5%)
Others: 221 (0.6%)
MAJORITY: 4017 (11.2%)

2015 Result:
Labour Liz Kendall 16,051 46.5 +8.1
Conservative Paul Bessant 8,848 25.6 -1.5
UKIP Stuart Young 5,950 17.2 +14.8
Green Peter Hague 1,878 5.4 +3.7
Liberal Democrat Ian Bradwell 1,507 4.4 -18.3
TUSC Heather Rawling 288 0.8 +0.4
Majority 7,203 20.9 +9.7
Turnout 34,522 54.6 -0.6

Leave Vote: 50.1%

Sitting MP: Liz Kendall (Lab)
Prediction: Labour hold

On a very good night for the Tories, they could in theory, take this seat, but I can’t see it.

7. Loughborough

2010 Result:
Conservative: 21971 (41.6%)
Labour: 18227 (34.5%)
Lib Dem: 9675 (18.3%)
BNP: 2040 (3.9%)
UKIP: 925 (1.8%)
MAJORITY: 3744 (7.1%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Nicky Morgan 25,762 49.5 +7.9
Labour Matthew O’Callaghan 16,579 31.9 -2.6
UKIP Bill Piper 5,704 11.0 +9.2
Liberal Democrat Stephen Coltman4 2,130 4.1 -14.2
Green Matt Sisson5 1,845 3.5 –
Majority 9,183 17.7 +10.6
Turnout 52,020 72.6 +4.4

Leave Vote: 50.1%

Sitting MP: Nicky Morgan (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

8. North West Leicestershire

2010 Result:
Conservative: 23147 (44.6%)
Labour: 15636 (30.1%)
Lib Dem: 8639 (16.6%)
BNP: 3396 (6.5%)
UKIP: 1134 (2.2%)
MAJORITY: 7511 (14.5%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Andrew Bridgen 25,505 49.5 +4.9
Labour Jamie McMahon 14,132 27.4 −2.7
UKIP Andy McWilliam11 8,704 16.9 +14.7
Liberal Democrat Mark Argent12 2,033 3.9 −12.7
Green Benjamin Gravestock13 1,174 2.3 +2.3
Majority 11,373 22.1
Turnout 51,548 71.4

Leave Vote: 60.7%

Sitting MP: Andrew Bridgen (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

9. Rutland & Melton

2010 Result:
Conservative: 28228 (51.1%)
Labour: 7893 (14.3%)
Lib Dem: 14228 (25.8%)
BNP: 1757 (3.2%)
UKIP: 2526 (4.6%)
Independent: 588 (1.1%)
MAJORITY: 14000 (25.4%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Alan Duncan 30,383 55.6 +4.5
UKIP Richard Billington5 8,678 15.9 +11.3
Labour James Moore 8,383 15.4 +1.1
Liberal Democrat Ed Reynolds 4,407 8.1 −17.7
Green Alastair McQuillan 2,325 4.3 +4.3
Independent Marilyn Gordon 427 0.8 +0.8
Majority 21,705 39.8 +14.4
Turnout 54,603 68.4 −3.3

Leave Vote: 53.9%

Sitting MP: Sir Alan Duncan (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

10. South Leicestershire

2010 Result:
Conservative: 27000 (49.5%)
Labour: 11392 (20.9%)
Lib Dem: 11476 (21%)
BNP: 2721 (5%)
UKIP: 1988 (3.6%)
MAJORITY: 15524 (28.4%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Alberto Costa 28,700 53.2 +3.7
Labour Amanda Hack 11,876 22.0 +1.1
UKIP Barry Mahoney3 9,363 17.4 +13.7
Liberal Democrat Geoffrey Welsh 3,987 7.4 -13.6
Majority 16,824 31.2

Leave Vote: 58.1%

Sitting MP: Alberto Costa (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

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General Election 2017 Seat by Seat Predictions: 62: Wiltshire

6 May 2017 at 23:54

WILTSHIRE

Seats: 7
Current Political Makeup: Con 7
Predicted Political Makeup after June 8: Con 7

1. Chippenham

2010 Result:
Conservative: 21500 (41%)
Labour: 3620 (6.9%)
Lib Dem: 23970 (45.8%)
BNP: 641 (1.2%)
Green: 446 (0.9%)
UKIP: 1783 (3.4%)
English Dem: 307 (0.6%)
Christian: 118 (0.2%)
MAJORITY: 2470 (4.7%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Michelle Donelan18 26,354 47.6 +6.6
Liberal Democrat Duncan Hames18 16,278 29.4 -16.4
UKIP Julia Reid19 5,884 10.6 +7.2
Labour Andy Newman20 4,561 8.2 +1.3
Green Tina Johnston 21 2,330 4.2 +3.3
Majority 10,076 18.2 13.5
Turnout 55,407 74.7 +2.0

Leave Vote: 51.2%

Sitting MP: Michelle Donelan (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

This was a Tory gain from the LibDems last time and is another of those ‘blue wall’ west country seats which the LibDems are going to have great difficulty in winning back.

2. Devizes

2010 Result:
Conservative: 25519 (55.1%)
Labour: 4711 (10.2%)
Lib Dem: 12514 (27%)
Green: 813 (1.8%)
UKIP: 2076 (4.5%)
Independent: 566 (1.2%)
Others: 141 (0.3%)
MAJORITY: 13005 (28.1%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Claire Perry 28,295 57.7 +2.7
UKIP David Pollitt 7,544 15.4 +10.9
Labour Chris Watts 6,360 13.0 +2.8
Liberal Democrat Manda Rigby 3,954 8.1 −18.9
Green Emma Dawnay10 2,853 5.8 +4.1
Majority 20,751 42.3 +14.2
Turnout 49,006 70.8 +2

Leave Vote: 53.5%

Sitting MP: Claire Perry (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

3. North Swindon

2010 Result:
Conservative: 22408 (44.6%)
Labour: 15348 (30.5%)
Lib Dem: 8668 (17.2%)
BNP: 1542 (3.1%)
Green: 487 (1%)
UKIP: 1842 (3.7%)
MAJORITY: 7060 (14%)

2015 Result
Conservative Justin Tomlinson 26,295 50.3 +5.8
Labour Mark Dempsey 8 14,509 27.8 -2.7
UKIP James Faulkner9 8,011 15.3 +11.7
Green Poppy Hebden-Leeder 1,723 3.3 +2.3
Liberal Democrat Janet Ellard10 1,704 3.3 -14.0
Majority 11,786 22.6
Turnout 64.5

Leave Vote: 57.3%

Sitting MP: Justin Tomlinson (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

4. North Wiltshire

2010 Result:
Conservative: 25114 (51.6%)
Labour: 3239 (6.7%)
Lib Dem: 17631 (36.2%)
Green: 599 (1.2%)
UKIP: 1908 (3.9%)
Independent: 208 (0.4%)
MAJORITY: 7483 (15.4%)

2015 Result:
Conservative James Whiteside Gray6 28,938 57.2 +5.7
Liberal Democrat Brian Mathew6 7,892 15.6 −20.6
UKIP Pat Bryant7 5,813 11.5 +7.6
Labour Peter Baldrey 4,930 9.8 +3.1
Green Phil Chamberlain8 2,350 4.6 +3.4
Independent Simon Killane6 390 0.8 N/A
Independent Giles Wareham 243 0.5 N/A
Majority 21,046 41.6 +26.2
Turnout 50,556 74.5 +1.2

Leave Vote: 50.3%

Sitting MP: James Gray (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

5. Salisbury

2010 Result:
Conservative: 23859 (49.2%)
Labour: 3690 (7.6%)
Lib Dem: 17893 (36.9%)
BNP: 765 (1.6%)
Green: 506 (1%)
UKIP: 1392 (2.9%)
Independent: 257 (0.5%)
Others: 119 (0.2%)
MAJORITY: 5966 (12.3%

2015 Result:
Conservative John Glen 28,192 55.6 +6.4
Labour Thomas Corbin 7,771 15.3 +7.7
UKIP Paul Martin16 6,152 12.1 +9.2
Liberal Democrat Reetendra Banerji 5,099 10.1 -26.9
Green Alison Craig 2,762 5.4 +4.4
Independent Arthur Uther Pendragon17 729 1.4 N/A
Majority 20,421 40.3 +28.0
Turnout 50,705 72.9 +1.0

Leave Vote: 49.9%

Sitting MP: John Glen (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

6. South Swindon

2010 Result:
Conservative: 19687 (41.8%)
Labour: 16143 (34.3%)
Lib Dem: 8305 (17.6%)
Green: 619 (1.3%)
UKIP: 2029 (4.3%)
Christian: 176 (0.4%)
Independent: 160 (0.3%)
MAJORITY: 3544 (7.5%)

2015 Result:

Conservative Robert Buckland 22,777 46.2 +4.5
Labour Anne Snelgrove 16,992 34.5 +0.2
UKIP John Short9 5,920 12.0 +7.7
Liberal Democrat Damon Hooton10 1,817 3.7 -13.9
Green Talis Kimberley-Fairbourn11 1,757 3.6 +2.3
Majority 5,785 11.7
Turnout 66.6 +1.7

Leave Vote: 51.7%

Sitting MP: Robert Buckland (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

7. South West Wiltshire

2010 Result:
Conservative: 25321 (51.7%)
Labour: 5613 (11.5%)
Lib Dem: 14954 (30.5%)
UKIP: 2684 (5.5%)
Independent: 446 (0.9%)
MAJORITY: 10367 (21.1%)

2015 Result
Conservative Andrew Murrison 27,198 52.7 +1.0
UKIP Matthew Brown6 9,030 17.5 +12.0
Labour George Aylett 6,948 13.5 +2.0
Liberal Democrat Trevor Carbin 5,482 10.6 -19.9
Green Phil Randle 2,985 5.8 +5.8
Majority 18,168 35.2 +14.1
Turnout 51,643 70.7 +2.3

Leave Vote: 56.9%
Sitting MP: Andrew Murrison (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

Safe seat.

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General Election 2017 Seat by Seat Predictions: 61. Surrey

6 May 2017 at 23:27

SURREY

Seats: 11
Current Political Makeup: Con 11
Predicted Political Makeup after June 8: Con 11

1. East Surrey

2010 Result:
Conservative: 31007 (56.7%)
Labour: 4925 (9%)
Lib Dem: 14133 (25.9%)
UKIP: 3770 (6.9%)
Independent: 383 (0.7%)
Others: 422 (0.8%)
MAJORITY: 16874 (30.9%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Sam Gyimah 32,211 57.4 +0.7
UKIP Helena Windsor 9,553 17.0 +10.1
Labour Matt Wilson 6,627 11.8 +2.8
Liberal Democrat David Lee 5,189 9.2 -16.6
Green Nicola Dodgson 2,159 3.8 N/A
Independent Sandy Pratt 364 0.6 N/A
Majority 22,658 40.4
Turnout 56,103 70.4 −0.7

Leave Vote: 54.2%

Sitting MP: Sam Gyimah
Prediction: Conservative hold

2. Epsom & Ewell

2010 Result:
Conservative: 30868 (56.2%)
Labour: 6538 (11.9%)
Lib Dem: 14734 (26.8%)
UKIP: 2549 (4.6%)
Others: 266 (0.5%)
MAJORITY: 16134 (29.4%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Chris Grayling 33,309 58.3 +2.1
Labour Sheila Carlson 8,866 15.5 +3.6
UKIP Robert Leach 7,117 12.5 +7.8
Liberal Democrat Stephen Gee 5,002 8.8 -18.1
Green Susan McGrath 2,116 3.7 N/A
Independent Lionel Blackman 612 1.1 N/A
Independent Gareth Harfoot 121 0.2 N/A
Majority 24,443 42.8
Turnout 57,143 72.7 +2.3

Leave Vote: 47.8%

Sitting MP: Chris Grayling (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

3. Esher & Walton

2010 Result:
Conservative: 32134 (58.9%)
Labour: 5829 (10.7%)
Lib Dem: 13541 (24.8%)
UKIP: 1783 (3.3%)
English Dem: 307 (0.6%)
Independent: 378 (0.7%)
Others: 571 (1%)
MAJORITY: 18593 (34.1%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Dominic Raab 35,845 62.9 +4.0
Labour Francis Eldergill 7,229 12.7 +2.0
UKIP Nicholas Wood 5,551 9.7 +6.5
Liberal Democrat Andrew Davis 5,372 9.4 −15.4
Green Olivia Palmer 2,355 4.1 N/A
CISTA Matthew Heenan 396 0.7 N/A
Independent Della Reynolds 228 0.4 N/A
Majority 28,616 50.2
Turnout 56,976 71.3 −0.7

Leave Vote: 41.6%

Sitting MP: Dominic Raab (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

4. Guildford

2010 Result:
Conservative: 29618 (53.3%)
Labour: 2812 (5.1%)
Lib Dem: 21836 (39.3%)
UKIP: 1021 (1.8%)
Others: 280 (0.5%)
MAJORITY: 7782 (14%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Anne Milton 30,802 57.1 +3.8
Liberal Democrat Kelly-Marie Blundell 8,354 15.5 −23.8
Labour Richard Wilson 6,534 12.1 +7.0
UKIP Harry Aldridge 4,774 8.8 +7.0
Green John Pletts 2,558 4.7 N/A
Guildford Greenbelt Group Susan Parker 538 1.0 N/A
Peace John Morris 230 0.4 −0.1
CISTA Gerri Smyth 196 0.4 N/A
Majority 22,448 41.6 +27.6
Turnout 53,986 70.5 −1.6

Sitting MP: Anne Milton (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

Hard to think this was a LibDem seat not that long ago.

5. Mole Valley

2010 Result:
Conservative: 31263 (57.5%)
Labour: 3804 (7%)
Lib Dem: 15610 (28.7%)
Green: 895 (1.6%)
UKIP: 2752 (5.1%)
MAJORITY: 15653 (28.8%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Paul Beresford5 33,434 60.6 +3.1
Liberal Democrat Paul Kennedy 7,981 14.5 −14.3
UKIP Paul Oakley 6 6,181 11.2 +6.1
Labour Leonard Amos7 4,565 8.3 +1.3
Green Jacquetta Fewster8 2,979 5.4 +3.8
Majority 25,453 46.1
Turnout 55,329 74.2 −0.6

Leave Vote: 47.3%

Sitting MP: Sir Paul Beresford (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

6. Reigate

2010 Result:
Conservative: 26688 (53.4%)
Labour: 5672 (11.3%)
Lib Dem: 13097 (26.2%)
BNP: 1345 (2.7%)
Green: 1087 (2.2%)
UKIP: 2089 (4.2%)
MAJORITY: 13591 (27.2%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Crispin Blunt 29,151 56.8 +3.4
UKIP Joe Fox 6,817 13.3 +9.1
Labour Ali Aklakul 6,578 12.8 +1.5
Liberal Democrat Anna Tarrant 5,369 10.5 −15.7
Green Jonathan Essex 3,434 6.7 +4.5
Majority 22,334 43.5
Turnout 51,349 69.9 +0.1

Leave Vote: 48%

Sitting MP: Crispin Blunt (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

7. Runneymede & Weybridge

2010 Result:
Conservative: 26915 (55.9%)
Labour: 6446 (13.4%)
Lib Dem: 10406 (21.6%)
Green: 696 (1.4%)
UKIP: 3146 (6.5%)
Independent: 541 (1.1%)
MAJORITY: 16509 (34.3%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Philip Hammond 29,901 59.7 +3.8
Labour Arran Neathey 7,767 15.5 +2.1
UKIP Joe Branco8 6,951 13.9 +7.4
Liberal Democrat John Vincent9 3,362 6.7 −14.9
Green Rustam Majainah10 2,071 4.1 +2.7
Majority 22,134 44.2 +7.9
Turnout 50,224 68.1 +1.7

Leave Vote: 49.8%

Sitting MP: Philip Hammond (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

8. South West Surrey

2010 Result:
Conservative: 33605 (58.7%)
Labour: 3419 (6%)
Lib Dem: 17287 (30.2%)
BNP: 644 (1.1%)
Green: 690 (1.2%)
UKIP: 1486 (2.6%)
Others: 128 (0.2%)
MAJORITY: 16318 (28.5%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Jeremy Hunt 34,199 59.6 +0.9
UKIP Mark Webber 5,643 9.8 +7.2
Labour Howard Kaye 5,415 9.4 +3.4
National Health Action Louise Irvine 4,851 8.5 +8.5
Liberal Democrat Patrick Haveron1 3,586 6.3 −23.9
Green Susan Ryland10 3,105 5.4 +4.2
Something New Paul Robinson 320 0.6 +0.6
Majority 28,556 49.8 +21.3
Turnout 54,014

Leave Vote: 40.7%

Sitting MP: Jeremy Hunt (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

9. Spelthorne

2010 Result:
Conservative: 22261 (47.1%)
Labour: 7789 (16.5%)
Lib Dem: 12242 (25.9%)
UKIP: 4009 (8.5%)
TUSC: 176 (0.4%)
Independent: 314 (0.7%)
Others: 513 (1.1%)
MAJORITY: 10019 (21.2%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Kwasi Kwarteng 24,386 49.7 +2.6
UKIP Redvers Cunningham9 10,234 20.9 +12.4
Labour Rebecca Geach10 9,114 18.6 +2.1
Liberal Democrat Rosie Shimell11 3,163 6.4 -19.4
Green Paul Jacobs12 1,724 3.5 N/A
Independent Juliet Griffith 230 0.5 N/A
TUSC Paul Couchman13 228 0.5 +0.1
Majority 14,152 28.8

Leave Vote: 60.35

Sitting MP: Kwasi Kwarteng (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

10. Surrey Heath

2010 Result:
Conservative: 31326 (57.6%)
Labour: 5552 (10.2%)
Lib Dem: 14037 (25.8%)
UKIP: 3432 (6.3%)
MAJORITY: 17289 (31.8%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Michael Gove 32,582 59.9 Increase 2.2
UKIP Paul Chapman10 7,778 14.3 Increase 8.0
Labour Laween Atroshi 6,100 11.2 Increase 1.0
Liberal Democrat Ann-Marie Barker 4,937 9.1 Decrease 16.8
Green Kimberley Lawson11 2,400 4.4 N/A
Christian Juliana Brimicombe 361 0.7 N/A
Independent Bob and Roberta Smith12 273 0.5 N/A
Majority 24,804 45.6 Increase 13.8
Turnout 54,431 68.5 Decrease 1.5

Leave Vote: 51.2%

Sitting MP: Michael Gove (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

11. Woking

2010 Result:
Conservative: 26551 (50.3%)
Labour: 4246 (8%)
Lib Dem: 19744 (37.4%)
UKIP: 1997 (3.8%)
Others: 248 (0.5%)
MAJORITY: 6807 (12.9%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Jonathan Lord 29,199 56.2 +5.9
Labour Jill Rawling 8,389 16.1 +8.1
Liberal Democrat Chris Took 6,047 11.6 −25.8
UKIP Rob Burberry 5,873 11.3 +7.5
Green Martin Robson 2,109 4.1 N/A
CISTA Declan Wade 229 0.4 N/A
Magna Carta Conservation Party Great Britain Ruth Temple 77 0.1 N/A
The Evolution Party Angela Woolford 41 0.1 N/A
Majority 20,810 40.0 +27.1
Turnout 51,964 70.0 −1.5

Leave Vote: 44.3%

Sitting MP: Jonathan Lord (Con)
Prediction: Increased Conservative majority

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General Election 2017 Seat by Seat Predictions: 60. Berkshire

6 May 2017 at 22:29

BERKSHIRE

Seats: 8
Current Political Makeup: Con 7, Lab 1
Predicted Political Makeup after June 8: Con 7, Lab 1

1. Bracknell

2010 Result:
Conservative: 27327 (52.4%)
Labour: 8755 (16.8%)
Lib Dem: 11623 (22.3%)
BNP: 1253 (2.4%)
Green: 821 (1.6%)
UKIP: 2297 (4.4%)
Others: 60 (0.1%)
MAJORITY: 15704 (30.1%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Phillip Lee 7 29,606 55.8 +3.4
Labour James Walsh 8 8,956 16.9 +0.1
UKIP Richard Thomas 9 8,339 15.7 +11.3
Liberal Democrat Patrick Smith 10 3,983 7.5 −14.8
Green Derek Florey11 2,202 4.1 +2.6
Majority 20,650 38.9 +8.8
Turnout 53,086 65.3 −2.6

Leave Vote: 53.2%

Sitting MP: Philip Lee (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

2. Maidenhead

2010 Result:
Conservative: 31937 (59.5%)
Labour: 3795 (7.1%)
Lib Dem: 15168 (28.2%)
BNP: 825 (1.5%)
Green: 482 (0.9%)
UKIP: 1243 (2.3%)
Others: 270 (0.5%)
MAJORITY: 16769 (31.2%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Theresa May 35,453 65.8 +6.4
Labour Charlie Smith 6,394 11.9 +4.8
Liberal Democrat Tony Hill 5,337 9.9 −18.3
UKIP Herbie Crossman11 4,539 8.4 +6.1
Green Emily Blyth 1,915 3.6 +2.7
Independent Ian Taplin 162 0.3 N/A
Class War Joe Wilcox 55 0.1 N/A
Majority 29,059 54.0 +22.8
Turnout 53,855 72.6 −1.1

Leave Vote: 45%

Sitting MP: Theresa May (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

3. Newbury

2010 Result:
Conservative: 33057 (56.4%)
Labour: 2505 (4.3%)
Lib Dem: 20809 (35.5%)
Green: 490 (0.8%)
UKIP: 1475 (2.5%)
Independent: 158 (0.3%)
Others: 95 (0.2%)
MAJORITY: 12248 (20.9%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Richard Benyon 34,973 61.0 +4.6
Liberal Democrat Judith Bunting 8,605 15.0 -20.5
UKIP Catherine Anderson 6,195 10.8 +8.3
Labour Jonny Roberts 4,837 8.4 +4.2
Green Paul Field 2,324 4.1 +3.2
Apolitical Democrats Peter Norman 228 0.4 +0.2
Independent Barrie Singleton 85 0.1
Patriotic Socialist Party Andrew Stott 53 0.1
Majority 26,368 46.0 +25.1
Turnout 57,300 72.1 +1.9

Leave Vote: 47.8%

Sitting MP: Richard Benyon (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

4. Reading East

2010 Result:
Conservative: 21269 (42.6%)
Labour: 12729 (25.5%)
Lib Dem: 13664 (27.3%)
Green: 1069 (2.1%)
UKIP: 1086 (2.2%)
Independent: 111 (0.2%)
Others: 57 (0.1%)
MAJORITY: 7605 (15.2%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Rob Wilson 23,217 46.0 +3.4
Labour Matt Rodda 16,697 33.1 +7.6
Liberal Democrat Jenny Woods 3,719 7.4 −19.9
UKIP Christine Forrester7 3,647 7.2 +5.0
Green Rob White 3,214 6.4 +4.3
Majority 6,520 12.9
Turnout 50,494 69.0 +2.3

Leave Vote: 38.3%

Sitting MP: Rob Wilson (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

5. Reading West

2010 Result:
Conservative: 20523 (43.2%)
Labour: 14519 (30.5%)
Lib Dem: 9546 (20.1%)
Green: 582 (1.2%)
UKIP: 1508 (3.2%)
Others: 852 (1.8%)
MAJORITY: 6004 (12.6%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Alok Sharma 23,082 47.7 +4.5
Labour Victoria Groulef 16,432 34.0 +3.5
UKIP Malik Azam10 4,826 10.0 +6.8
Liberal Democrat Meri O’Connell 2,355 4.9 -15.2
Green Miriam Kennet 1,406 2.9 +1.7
Independent Suzie Ferguson 156 0.3 -
TUSC Neil Adams 83 0.2 -
Roman Philip West 64 0.1 -
Majority 6,650 13.7 +1.1
Turnout 48,404 66.7 +0.8

Leave Vote: 51.5%

Sitting MP: Alok Sharma (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

6. Slough

2010 Result:
Conservative: 16361 (34.3%)
Labour: 21884 (45.8%)
Lib Dem: 6943 (14.5%)
Green: 542 (1.1%)
UKIP: 1517 (3.2%)
Christian: 495 (1%)
MAJORITY: 5523 (11.6%)

2015 Result:
Labour Fiona Mactaggart 23,421 48.5 +2.7
Conservative Gurcharan Singh 16,085 33.3 −1.0
UKIP Diana Coad 6,274 13.0 +9.8
Liberal Democrat Tom McCann 1,275 2.6 −11.9
Green Julian Edmonds 1,220 2.5 +1.4
Majority 7,336 15.2 +3.6
Turnout 48,275 55.9 −6.0

Leave Vote: 54.1%

Sitting MP: Fiona MacTaggart (Lab)
Prediction: Labour hold

This seat was held by the Tory John Watts until 1997 but demographic changes have cemented Labour’s hold on it. However, in a massive Tory landslide it could be in play.

7. Windsor

2010 Result:
Conservative: 30172 (60.8%)
Labour: 4910 (9.9%)
Lib Dem: 11118 (22.4%)
BNP: 950 (1.9%)
Green: 628 (1.3%)
UKIP: 1612 (3.3%)
Independent: 198 (0.4%)
MAJORITY: 19054 (38.4%)

2015 Result:
Adam Afriyie Conservative 31,797 63.4 +2.6
Fiona Dent Labour 6,714 13.4 +3.5
Tariq Malik UKIP 4,992 10.0 +7.7
George Fussey Liberal Democrat 4,323 8.6 -13.8
Derek Wall Green 1,834 3.7 +2.4
Wisdom Da Costa Independent 500 1.0 N/A
Majority: 25,083 (50.0%) +11.6

Leave Vote: 46.7%

Sitting MP: Adam Afriyie (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

8. Wokingham

2010 Result:
Conservative: 28754 (52.7%)
Labour: 5516 (10.1%)
Lib Dem: 15262 (28%)
Green: 567 (1%)
UKIP: 1664 (3.1%)
Independent: 2340 (4.3%)
Others: 425 (0.8%)
MAJORITY: 13492 (24.7%)

2015 Result:
Conservative John Redwood 32,329 57.7 +5.0
Labour Andy Croy 8,132 14.5 +4.4
Liberal Democrat Clive Jones 7,572 13.5 −14.5
UKIP Philip Cunnington5 5,516 9.9 +6.8
Green Adrian Windisch 2,092 3.7 +2.7
Independent Kaz Lokuciewski 358 0.6 N/A
Majority 24,197 43.2 +19.5
Turnout 55,999 71.9 +0.4

Leave Vote: 42.7%

Sitting MP: John Redwood (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

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6 May 2017 at 22:00

Elections cost money. Contrary to popular rumour, most local candidates don’t have huge amounts of money to fund their campaigns. And they have to raise money to fund their campaigns. Each candidate (depending on the number of voters and whether the constituency is rural or urban) will have a spending limit of £15-20,000. If they are fighting a hopeless seat they may well even have to fund their election deposit themselves. Having fought one parliamentary election I know how important money is. Leaflets cost money. Posters cost money. Every aspect of campaigning costs money. And the last thing you want to worry about when you are a candidate is money.

The trouble is, if you wanted to make a donation to a candidate in your local constituency they rarely make it easy for you. Look for a DONATE button on their campaign websites and you will often look in vain. People are used to donating to charities on sites like JustGiving.com or GoFundMe.com, but candidates and politicians don’t seem to be making huge use of them.

Most people obviously donate to the candidate representing the political party they support. It may be £5, £20 or sometimes a three figure sum. Anything above £500 and they have to declare it to the Electoral Commission.

I would encourage anyone reading this to donate some money to any candidate they approve of. Maybe some people will do what I am about to do.

Many people may think that I have lost leave of my senses, but I am going to donate to three political candidates, each from a different political party. Everyone knows my politics. It’s difficult make secret of them when you’ve stood for Parliament, even if it was 12 years ago now. However, I haven’t been involved in party politics since 2010, and I don’t belong to the Conservative Party any longer. When I joined LBC in 2010 I didn’t think it was appropriate to have any party alignment. I’ve spoken at the odd Tory Association dinner and I did a fundraising dinner for Lynne Featherstone. I’d have been happy to speak at a Labour event, but no one has ever asked!

So for this election, I’m not going to be campaigning for anyone, but I am going to make a donation to three different candidates from three different political parties. They are Jess Phillips (Labour, Birmingham Yardley), Julian Huppert (LibDem, Cambridge) and Tracey Crouch (Conservative, Chatham & Aylesford).

The reason I have chosen them is that they all royal pains in the arse. They each exemplify what a good Parliamentarian is all about. As MPs they have all done a brilliant job in holding the executive to account. They aren’t afraid to go against their own party lines, and each has maverick tendencies.

I’ll admit that Tracey is a good friend of mine and I have taken great pleasure at her success as Minister for Sport. She’s in a job I’d have loved to have done and she’s doing it bloody well. She’s in a seat that used to be highly marginal, but she won with a good majority last time.

Julian Huppert was the LibDem MP for Cambridge until 2015, when he narrowly lost to Labour. He was a great loss to Parliament. He rattled many an establishment cage and often incurred the wrath of Mr Speaker Bercow. He knew how to use parliamentary procedure to get his own way and was highly effective – much more effective than his rather lame Labour successor.

Jess Phillips swept into Parliament and made an immediate impact. Anyone who tells Diane Abbott to ‘fuck off’ in her first few months in Parliament has to have something about them. She knows how to use the media to further campaigs she believes in, and has a withering array of putdowns. Parliament would be a much poorer place without her.

I’m sure I will get a lot of criticism for doing this, but I hope that others will look at doing the same. Donating to political parties or candidates is an honourable thing to do. I hate the very idea of state funding and this is the best way to avoid it having to be introduced. Campaigns should be funded by ordinary people making small donations. Rich people can do what they want with their money, but it is not healthy for national parties or local parties to be funded by a very small number of rich individuals or trade unions. We often talk about the ‘wisdom of the crowds’, but we should also talking more about political crowd funding.

And for God’s sake, if you’re a political campaign manager in any of the 650 seats, for any of the political parties, make it easy for people to donate. Do that, and they will.

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General Election 2017 Seat by Seat Predictions: 59. Hertfordshire

6 May 2017 at 20:34

HERTFORDSHIRE

Seats: 11
Current Political Makeup: Con 11
Predicted Political Makeup after May 7: Con 11

1. Broxbourne

2010 Result:
Conservative: 26844 (58.8%)
Labour: 8040 (17.6%)
Lib Dem: 6107 (13.4%)
BNP: 2159 (4.7%)
UKIP: 1890 (4.1%)
English Dem: 618 (1.4%)
MAJORITY: 18804 (41.2%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Charles Walker 25,797 56.1 −2.7
UKIP David Platt 9,074 19.7 +15.6
Labour Edward Robinson 8,470 18.4 +0.8
Liberal Democrat Anthony Rowlands 1,467 3.2 −10.2
Green Russell Secker 1,216 2.6 N/A
Majority 16,723 36.3 −4.9
Turnout 46,024 63.1 −0.9

Leave Vote: 65.5%

Sitting MP: Charles Walker (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

2. Hemel Hempstead

2010 Result:
Conservative: 24721 (50%)
Labour: 10295 (20.8%)
Lib Dem: 11315 (22.9%)
BNP: 1615 (3.3%)
UKIP: 1254 (2.5%)
Independent: 271 (0.5%)
MAJORITY: 13406 (27.1%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Mike Penning 26,245 52.9 +2.9
Labour Tony Breslin 11,825 23.8 +3.0
UKIP Howard Koch 7,249 14.6 +12.1
Liberal Democrat Rabi Martins 2,402 4.8 −18.0
Green Alan Borgars 1,660 3.3 N/A
Independent Brian Hall 252 0.5 N/A
Majority 14,420 29.1 +2
Turnout 49,633 66.5 -1.5

Leave Vote: 55.5%

Sitting MP: Mike Penning (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

3. Hertford & Stortford

2010 Result:
Conservative: 29810 (53.8%)
Labour: 7620 (13.8%)
Lib Dem: 14373 (26%)
BNP: 1297 (2.3%)
UKIP: 1716 (3.1%)
Independent: 325 (0.6%)
Others: 236 (0.4%)
MAJORITY: 15437 (27.9%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Mark Prisk9 31,593 56.1 +2.3
Labour Katherine Chibah10 10,084 17.9 +4.2
UKIP Adrian Baker10 7,534 13.4 +10.3
Liberal Democrat Michael Green11 4,385 7.8 -18.2
Green Sophie Christophy12 2,681 4.8 +4.8
Majority 21,509 38.2 +10.3
Turnout 56,277 71.3 +0.7

Leave Vote: 49.2%

Sitting MP: Mark Prisk (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

4. Hertsmere

2010 Result:
Conservative: 26476 (56%)
Labour: 8871 (18.8%)
Lib Dem: 8210 (17.4%)
BNP: 1397 (3%)
Green: 604 (1.3%)
UKIP: 1712 (3.6%)
MAJORITY: 17605 (37.2%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Oliver Dowden 29,696 59.3 +3.3
Labour Richard Butler9 11,235 22.4 +3.7
UKIP Frank Ward 6,383 12.7 +9.1
Liberal Democrat Sophie Bowler 2,777 5.5 −11.8
Majority 18,461 36.9 −0.3
Turnout 50,091 67.9 +3.2

Leave Vote: 50.8%

Sitting MP: Oliver Dowden (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

5. Hitchin & Harpenden

2010 Result:
Conservative: 29869 (54.6%)
Labour: 7413 (13.6%)
Lib Dem: 14598 (26.7%)
Green: 807 (1.5%)
UKIP: 1663 (3%)
Independent: 109 (0.2%)
Others: 248 (0.5%)
MAJORITY: 15271 (27.9%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Peter Lilley 31,488 56.9 +2.3
Labour Rachel Burgin 11,433 20.6 +7.1
UKIP John Stocker 4,917 8.9 +5.8
Liberal Democrat Pauline Pearce 4,484 8.1 -18.6
Green Richard Wise 3,053 5.5 +4
Majority 20,055 36.2 +8.3
Turnout 55,375 74.0 −0.1

Leave Vote: 39.3%

Sitting MP: Peter Lilley (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

6. North East Hertfordshire

2010 Result:
Conservative: 26995 (53.5%)
Labour: 8291 (16.4%)
Lib Dem: 11801 (23.4%)
Green: 875 (1.7%)
UKIP: 2075 (4.1%)
Independent: 209 (0.4%)
Others: 179 (0.4%)
MAJORITY: 15194 (30.1%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Oliver Heald 28,949 55.4 +1.8
Labour Chris York7 9,869 18.9 +2.4
UKIP William Compton8 6,728 12.9 +8.8
Liberal Democrat Joe Jordan9 3,952 7.6 −15.8
Green Mario May1011 2,789 5.3 +3.6
Majority 19,080 36.5 −4.3
Turnout 52,500 70.7 +0.9

Leave Vote: 51.4%

Sitting MP: Oliver Heald (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

7. South West Hertfordshire

2010 Result:
Conservative: 30773 (54.2%)
Labour: 6526 (11.5%)
Lib Dem: 15853 (27.9%)
BNP: 1302 (2.3%)
UKIP: 1450 (2.6%)
Independent: 846 (1.5%)
MAJORITY: 14920 (26.3%)

2015 Result:
Conservative David Gauke 32,608 56.9 +2.7
Labour Simon Diggins 9,345 16.3 +4.8
UKIP Mark Anderson 6,603 11.5 +9.0
Liberal Democrat Nigel Quinton 5,872 10.3 −17.7
Green Charlotte Pardy 2,583 4.5 N/A
Common Sense Party Graham Cartmell 256 0.4 N/A
Majority 23,263 40.6
Turnout 71.9

Leave Vote: 46.2%

Sitting MP: David Gauke (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

8. St Albans

2010 Result:
Conservative: 21533 (40.8%)
Labour: 9288 (17.6%)
Lib Dem: 19228 (36.4%)
Green: 758 (1.4%)
UKIP: 2028 (3.8%)
MAJORITY: 2305 (4.4%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Anne Main 25,392 46.6 +5.9
Labour Kerry Pollard 12,660 23.3 +5.7
Liberal Democrat Sandy Walkington 10,076 18.5 -17.9
UKIP Chris Wright 4,271 7.8 +4.0
Green Jack Easton 2,034 3.7 +2.3
Majority 12,732 23.4 +19
Turnout 54,433 72.0 -3.4

Leave Vote: 37.8%

Sitting MP: Anne Main (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

9. Stevenage

2010 Result:
Conservative: 18491 (41.4%)
Labour: 14913 (33.4%)
Lib Dem: 7432 (16.6%)
BNP: 1007 (2.3%)
UKIP: 2004 (4.5%)
English Dem: 366 (0.8%)
Independent: 80 (0.2%)
Others: 358 (0.8%)
MAJORITY: 3578 (8%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Stephen McPartland 21,291 44.5 +3.1
Labour Sharon Taylor 16,336 34.2 +0.8
UKIP David Collins 6,864 14.4 +9.9
Liberal Democrat Susan Van De Ven 1,582 3.3 −13.3
Green Graham White 1,369 2.9 N/A
TUSC Trevor Palmer 175 0.4 N/A
English Democrat Charles Vickers 115 0.2 −0.6
Independent David Cox 67 0.1 −0.1
Majority 4,955 10.4 +2.4
Turnout 67.7 +2.9

Leave Vote: 57%

Sitting MP: Stephen McPartland (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

10. Watford

2010 Result:
Conservative: 19291 (34.9%)
Labour: 14750 (26.7%)
Lib Dem: 17866 (32.4%)
BNP: 1217 (2.2%)
Green: 885 (1.6%)
UKIP: 1199 (2.2%)
MAJORITY: 1425 (2.6%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Richard Harrington 24,400 43.5 +8.5
Labour Matthew Turmaine 14,606 26.0 -0.7
Liberal Democrat Dorothy Thornhill 10,152 18.1 -14.3
UKIP Nick Lincoln 5,481 9.8 +7.6
Green Aidan Cottrell-Boyce 1,332 2.4 +0.8
TUSC Mark O’Connor 178 0.3 +0.3
Majority 9,794 17.4 +14.8
Turnout 56,149 66.6 -1.7

Leave Vote: 51.2%

Sitting MP: Richard Harrington (Con)
Prediction: *Conservative
hold

11. Welwyn & Hatfield

2010 Result:
Conservative: 27894 (57%)
Labour: 10471 (21.4%)
Lib Dem: 8010 (16.4%)
Green: 796 (1.6%)
UKIP: 1643 (3.4%)
Independent: 158 (0.3%)
MAJORITY: 17423 (35.6%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Grant Shapps 25,281 50.4 −6.6
Labour Anawar Miah 13,128 26.1 +4.8
UKIP Arthur Stevens9 6,556 13.1 +9.7
Liberal Democrat Hugh Annand 3,140 6.3 −10.1
Green Marc Scheimann10 1,742 3.5 +1.8
Independent Michael Green11 216 0.4 N/A
TUSC Richard Shattock 142 0.3 N/A
Majority 12,153 24.2
Turnout 68.5

Leave Vote: 52.8%

Sitting MP: Grant Shapps (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

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General Election 2017 Seat by Seat Predictions: 58: Kent

6 May 2017 at 18:53

Seats: 17
Current Political Makeup: Con 17
Predicted Political Makeup after June 8: Con 17

1. Ashford

2010 Result:
Conservative: 29878 (54.1%)
Labour: 9204 (16.7%)
Lib Dem: 12581 (22.8%)
Green: 1014 (1.8%)
UKIP: 2508 (4.5%)
MAJORITY: 17297 (31.3%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Damian Green 30,094 52.5 −1.7
UKIP Gerald O’Brien 10,798 18.8 +14.3
Labour Brendan Chilton 10,580 18.4 +1.8
Liberal Democrat Debbie Enever 3,433 6.0 -16.8
Green Mandy Rossi 2,467 4.3 +2.5
Majority 19,296 33.6
Turnout 57,372 67.3

Leave Vote: 59.9%

Sitting MP: Damian Green (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

2. Canterbury

2010 Result:
Conservative: 22050 (44.8%)
Labour: 7940 (16.1%)
Lib Dem: 16002 (32.5%)
Green: 1137 (2.3%)
UKIP: 1907 (3.9%)
Others: 173 (0.4%)
MAJORITY: 6048 (12.3%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Julian Brazier20 22,918 42.9 -1.9
Labour Hugh Lanning20 13,120 24.5 +8.4
UKIP Jim Gascoyne20 7,289 13.6 +9.8
Liberal Democrat James Flanagan20 6,227 11.6 -20.9
Green Stuart Jeffery21 3,746 7.0 +4.7
Socialist (GB) Robert Cox22 165 0.3 +0.3
Majority 9,798 18.3 -1.9
Turnout 53,465 64.0 +0.1

Sitting MP: Julian Brazier (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

3. Chatham & Aylesford

2010 Result:
Conservative: 20230 (46.2%)
Labour: 14161 (32.3%)
Lib Dem: 5832 (13.3%)
BNP: 1365 (3.1%)
Green: 396 (0.9%)
UKIP: 1314 (3%)
English Dem: 400 (0.9%)
Christian: 109 (0.2%)
MAJORITY: 6069 (13.9%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Tracey Crouch 7 21,614 50.2 +4.0
Labour Tristan Osborne 10,159 23.6 −8.7
UKIP Ian Wallace8 8,581 19.9 +16.9
Liberal Democrat Thomas Quinton 1,360 3.2 −10.2
Green Luke Balnave 1,101 2.6 +1.7
Christian Peoples John-Wesley Gibson9 133 0.3 N/A
TUSC Ivor Riddell 125 0.3 N/A
Majority 11,455 26.6
Turnout 43,073 62.8

Leave Vote: 63.9%

Sitting MP: Tracey Crouch (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

4. Dartford

2010 Result:
Conservative: 24428 (48.8%)
Labour: 13800 (27.6%)
Lib Dem: 7361 (14.7%)
UKIP: 1842 (3.7%)
English Dem: 2178 (4.3%)
Independent: 264 (0.5%)
Others: 207 (0.4%)
MAJORITY: 10628 (21.2%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Gareth Johnson8 25,670 49.0 +0.2
Labour Simon Thomson8 13,325 25.4 −2.1
UKIP Elizabeth Jones 10,434 19.9 +16.2
Liberal Democrat Simon Beard9 1,454 2.8 −11.9
Green Andy Blatchford 1,324 2.5 N/A
English Democrat Steve Uncles 211 0.4 −3.9
Majority 12,345 23.6 +2.4
Turnout 52,418 68.4 +2.7

Leave Vote: 64%

Sitting MP: Gareth Johnson (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

5. Dover

2010 Result:
Conservative: 22174 (44%)
Labour: 16900 (33.5%)
Lib Dem: 7962 (15.8%)
BNP: 1104 (2.2%)
UKIP: 1747 (3.5%)
English Dem: 216 (0.4%)
Independent: 82 (0.2%)
Others: 200 (0.4%)
MAJORITY: 5274 (10.5%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Charlie Elphicke 21,737 43.3 -0.7
Labour Clair Hawkins 15,443 30.7 -2.8
UKIP David Little 10,177 20.3 +16.8
Liberal Democrat Sarah Smith 1,572 3.1 -12.7
Green Jolyon Trimingham13 1,295 2.6 N/A
Majority 6,294 12.5 +2.0
Turnout 50,224 68.9 -1.2

Leave Vote: 63%

Sitting MP: Charlie Elphicke (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

6. Faversham & Mid Kent

2010 Result:
Conservative: 26250 (56.2%)
Labour: 7748 (16.6%)
Lib Dem: 9162 (19.6%)
Green: 890 (1.9%)
UKIP: 1722 (3.7%)
Others: 940 (2%)
MAJORITY: 17088 (36.6%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Helen Whately6 24,895 54.4 −1.8
UKIP Peter Edwards-Daem 8,243 18.0 +14.3
Labour Michael Desmond 7,403 16.2 −0.4
Liberal Democrat David S. Naghi 3,039 6.6 −13.1
Green Tim Valentine 1,768 3.9 +2.0
Monster Raving Loony Hairy Knorm Davidson7 297 0.6 −0.2
English Democrat Gary Butler[citation needed] 158 0.3
Majority 16,652 36.4 −0.2
Turnout 45,803 65.9 −1.9

Leave Vote: 58.7%

Sitting MP: Helen Whately (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

7. Folkestone & Hythe

2010 Result:
Conservative: 26109 (49.4%)
Labour: 5719 (10.8%)
Lib Dem: 15987 (30.3%)
BNP: 1662 (3.1%)
Green: 637 (1.2%)
UKIP: 2439 (4.6%)
Independent: 247 (0.5%)
MAJORITY: 10122 (19.2%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Damian Collins 26,323 47.9 −1.6
UKIP Harriet Yeo7 12,526 22.8 +18.2
Labour Claire Jeffrey8 7,939 14.4 +3.6
Liberal Democrat Lynne Beaumont9 4,882 8.9 −21.4
Green Martin Whybrow10 2,956 5.4 +4.2
TUSC Seth Cruse 244 0.4 N/A
YPP Rohen Kapur11 72 0.1 N/A
Socialist (GB) Andy Thomas 12 68 0.1 N/A
Majority 13,797 25.1 +5.9
Turnout 55,010 65.8 −1.9

Leave Vote: 61.6%

Sitting MP: Damian Collins (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

8. Gillingham & Rainham

2010 Result:
Conservative: 21624 (46.2%)
Labour: 12944 (27.7%)
Lib Dem: 8484 (18.1%)
BNP: 1149 (2.5%)
Green: 356 (0.8%)
UKIP: 1515 (3.2%)
English Dem: 464 (1%)
Others: 250 (0.5%)
MAJORITY: 8680 (18.6%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Rehman Chishti 22,590 48.0 +1.8
Labour Paul Clark 12,060 25.6 -2.1
UKIP Mark Hanson 9,199 19.5 +16.3
Liberal Democrat Paul Chaplin6 1,707 3.6 -14.5
Green Neil Williams 1,133 2.4 +1.6
TUSC Jacqui Berry7 273 0.6 N/A
Independent Roger Peacock 72 0.1 N/A
Independent Mike Walters 44 0.1 N/A
Majority 10,530 22.4 +3.8
Turnout 47,078 64.8 -1.2

Leave Vote: 64.2%

Sitting MP: Rehman Chishti (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

9. Gravesham

2010 Result:
Conservative: 22956 (48.5%)
Labour: 13644 (28.8%)
Lib Dem: 6293 (13.3%)
Green: 675 (1.4%)
UKIP: 2265 (4.8%)
English Dem: 1005 (2.1%)
Independent: 465 (1%)
MAJORITY: 9312 (19.7%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Adam Holloway 23,484 46.8 −1.7
Labour Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi5 15,114 30.1 +1.3
UKIP Sean Marriott 9,306 18.6 +13.8
Green Mark Lindop 1,124 2.2 +0.8
Liberal Democrat Anne-Marie Bunting 1,111 2.2 −11.1
Majority 8,370 16.7 -3.0
Turnout 50,139 67.5 +0.1

Leave Vote: 63.4%

Sitting MP: Adam Holloway (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

10. Maidstone & The Weald

2010 Result:
Conservative: 23491 (48%)
Labour: 4769 (9.7%)
Lib Dem: 17602 (36%)
Green: 655 (1.3%)
UKIP: 1637 (3.3%)
Christian: 131 (0.3%)
Others: 643 (1.3%)
MAJORITY: 5889 (12%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Helen Grant 22,745 45.5 −2.9
Liberal Democrat Jasper Gerard 12,036 24.1 −11.9
UKIP Eddie Powell 7,930 15.9 +12.5
Labour Allen Simpson 5,268 10.5 +0.8
Green Hannah Patton 1,396 2.8 +1.5
National Health Action Paul Hobday 583 1.2 N/A
Independent Robin Kinrade 52 0.1 N/A
Majority 10,709 21.4
Turnout 50,010 68.3 −0.6

Sitting MP: Helen Grant (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

11. Rochester & Strood

2010 Result:
Conservative: 23604 (49.2%)
Labour: 13651 (28.5%)
Lib Dem: 7800 (16.3%)
Green: 734 (1.5%)
English Dem: 2182 (4.5%)
MAJORITY: 9953 (20.7%)

BY ELECTION NOV 2014
UKIP: 16,867 (42.1%)
Conservative: 13,947 (34.8%)
Labour 6,713: (16.8%)
Green 1,692: (4.2%)
LibDem 349: (0.9%
Others 497: (1.3%)
MAJORITY: 2,920 (7.3%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Kelly Tolhurst 23,142 44.1 -5.1
UKIP Mark Reckless 16,009 30.5 N/A
Labour Naushabah Khan 10,396 19.8 −8.7
Green Clive Gregory 1,516 2.9 +1.4
Liberal Democrat Prue Bray 1,251 2.4 −13.9
TUSC Dan Burn 202 0.4 N/A
Majority 7,133 13.6
Turnout 52,516 66.5

Leave Vote: 55.9%

Sitting MP: Kelly Tolhurst (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

12. North Thanet

2010 Result:
Conservative: 22826 (52.7%)
Labour: 9298 (21.5%)
Lib Dem: 8400 (19.4%)
UKIP: 2819 (6.5%)
MAJORITY: 13528 (31.2%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Roger Gale 23,045 49.0 −3.7
UKIP Piers Wauchope8 12,097 25.7 +19.2
Labour Frances Rehal 8,411 17.9 −3.6
Green Edward Targett 1,719 3.7 +3.7
Liberal Democrat George Cunningham 1,645 3.5 −15.9
Majority 10,948 23.3
Turnout 47,053 70.1% +6.9

Leave Vote: 65.2%

Sitting MP: Sir Roger Gale (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

13. Sevenoaks

2010 Result:
Conservative: 28076 (56.8%)
Labour: 6541 (13.2%)
Lib Dem: 10561 (21.4%)
BNP: 1384 (2.8%)
UKIP: 1782 (3.6%)
English Dem: 806 (1.6%)
Independent: 258 (0.5%)
MAJORITY: 17515 (35.4%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Michael Fallon 28,531 56.9 +0.1
UKIP Steve Lindsay12 8,970 17.9 +14.3
Labour Chris Clark 6,448 12.9 −0.4
Liberal Democrat Alan Bullion 3,937 7.9 −13.5
Green Amelie Boleyn 2,238 4.5 +4.5
Majority 19,561 39.0
Turnout 50,124 70.9

Leave Vote: 54.1%

Sitting MP: Michael Fallon (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

14. Sittingbourne & Sheppey

2010 Result:
Conservative: 24313 (50%)
Labour: 11930 (24.6%)
Lib Dem: 7943 (16.4%)
BNP: 1305 (2.7%)
UKIP: 2610 (5.4%)
Independent: 158 (0.3%)
Others: 319 (0.7%)
MAJORITY: 12383 (25.5%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Gordon Henderson 24,425 49.5 -0.6
UKIP Richard Palmer6 12,257 24.8 +19.4
Labour Guy Nicholson 9,673 19.6 -5.0
Liberal Democrat Keith Nevols 1,563 3.2 -13.2
Green Gary Miller 1,185 2.4 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Mad Mike Young 275 0.6 -0.1
Majority 12,168 24.6 -0.9
Turnout 49,378 65.0 +0.5

Leave Vote: 65.4%

Sitting MP: Gordon Henderson (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

15. South Thanet

2010 Result:
Conservative: 22043 (48%)
Labour: 14426 (31.4%)
Lib Dem: 6935 (15.1%)
UKIP: 2529 (5.5%)
MAJORITY: 7617 (16.6%)

2015 Result
Conservative Craig Mackinlay 18,838 38.1 −9.9
UKIP Nigel Farage 16,026 32.4 +26.9
Labour Will Scobie 11,740 23.8 −7.6
Green Ian Driver 1,076 2.2 N/A
Liberal Democrat Russell Timpson 932 1.9 −13.2
FUKP description1 Al Murray 318 0.6 N/A
Manston Airport Independent Ruth Bailey 191 0.4 N/A
We Are The Reality Party Nigel Askew 126 0.3 N/A
Party for a United Thanet Grahame Birchall 63 0.1 N/A
Independent Dean McCastree 61 0.1 N/A
Al-Zebabist Nation of Ooog Robert Abu-Obadiah 30 0.05 N/A
Majority 2,812 5.7 −10.9
Turnout 49,401 70.4 +5.1

Leave Vote: 61.7%

Sitting MP: Craig Mackinlay (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

16. Tonbridge & Malling

2010 Result:
Conservative: 29723 (57.9%)
Labour: 6476 (12.6%)
Lib Dem: 11545 (22.5%)
Green: 764 (1.5%)
UKIP: 1911 (3.7%)
English Dem: 390 (0.8%)
Others: 505 (1%)
MAJORITY: 18178 (35.4%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Tom Tugendhat6 31,887 59.4 +1.5
UKIP Robert Izzard7 8,153 15.2 +11.5
Labour Claire Leigh8 7,604 14.2 +1.6
Liberal Democrat Mary Varrall9 3,660 6.8 −15.7
Green Howard Porter 2,366 4.4 +2.9
Majority 23,734 44.2
Turnout 53,670 73.8 +2.3

Sitting MP: Tom Tugendhat (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

17. Tunbridge Wells

2010 Result:
Conservative: 28302 (56.2%)
Labour: 5448 (10.8%)
Lib Dem: 12726 (25.3%)
BNP: 704 (1.4%)
Green: 914 (1.8%)
UKIP: 2054 (4.1%)
Independent: 172 (0.3%)
MAJORITY: 15576 (31%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Greg Clark 30,181 58.7 +2.4
Labour Kevin Kerrigan 7,307 14.2 +3.4
UKIP Colin Nicholson6 6,481 12.6 +8.5
Liberal Democrat James McCleary78 4,342 8.4 −16.8
Green Marie Jones 2,659 5.2 +3.4
Independent Graham Naismith9 458 0.9 +0.9
Majority 22,874 44.5 +13.5
Turnout 51,428 70.0 +0.2

Leave Vote: 44.6%

Sitting MP: Greg Clark (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

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General Election 2017 Seat by Seat Predictions: 57: Buckinghamshire

6 May 2017 at 15:58

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

Seats: 7
Current Political Makeup: Con 6, Speaker 1
Predicted Political Makeup after June 8: Con 6, Speaker 1

1. Aylesbury

2010 Result:
Conservative: 27736 (52.2%)
Labour: 6695 (12.6%)
Lib Dem: 15118 (28.4%)
UKIP: 3613 (6.8%)
MAJORITY: 12618 (23.7%)

2015 Result:
Conservative David Lidington 28,083 50.7 -1.5
UKIP Chris Adams 10,925 19.7 +12.9
Labour William Cass 8,391 15.1 +2.5
Liberal Democrat Steven Lambert 5,885 10.6 -17.8
Green David Lyons 2,135 3.9 +3.9
Majority 17,158 31.0
Turnout 55,419 69.0

Leave Vote: 51.8%

Sitting MP: David Lidington (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

2. Beaconsfield

2010 Result:
Conservative: 32053 (61.1%)
Labour: 6135 (11.7%)
Lib Dem: 10271 (19.6%)
Green: 768 (1.5%)
UKIP: 2597 (4.9%)
Independent: 191 (0.4%)
Others: 475 (0.9%)
MAJORITY: 21782 (41.5%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Dominic Grieve 33,621 63.2 +2.2
UKIP Tim Scott 7,310 13.8 +8.8
Labour Tony Clements 6,074 11.4 -0.3
Liberal Democrat Peter Chapman 3,927 7.4 -12.2
Green Dave Hampton 2,231 4.2 +2.7
Majority 26,311 49.5
Turnout 53,163 71.1 +1.1

Leave Vote: 49%

Sitting MP: Dominic Grieve (Con)
Prediction: Definite Conservative hold

3. Buckingham

2010 Result:
Conservative: 0 (0%)
Labour: 0 (0%)
Lib Dem: 0 (0%)
BNP: 980 (2%)
UKIP: 8401 (17.4%)
Speaker: 22860 (47.3%)
Christian: 369 (0.8%)
Independent: 10331 (21.4%)
Others: 5394 (11.2%)
MAJORITY: 12529 (25.9%)

2015 Result:
Speaker John Bercow[n 4] 34,617 64.5 +17.2
UKIP Dave Fowler 11,675 21.7 +4.3
Green Alan Francis 7,400 13.7 N/A
Majority 22,942 42.7 16.8
Turnout 53,692 69.3 4.8

Leave Vote: 48.9%

Sitting MP: John Bercow (Speaker)
Prediction: Bercow to win

4. Chesham & Amersham

2010 Result:
Conservative: 31658 (60.4%)
Labour: 2942 (5.6%)
Lib Dem: 14948 (28.5%)
Green: 767 (1.5%)
UKIP: 2129 (4.1%)
MAJORITY: 16710 (31.9%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Cheryl Gillan 31,138 59.1 -1.3
UKIP Alan Stevens 7,218 13.7 +9.6
Labour Ben Davies7 6,712 12.7 +7.1
Liberal Democrat Kirsten Johnson8 4,761 9.0 -19.5
Green Gill Walker9 2,902 5.5 +4.0
Majority 23,920 45.4 +13.5
Turnout 52,731 72.7 -1.9

Leave Vote: 45%

Sitting MP: Cheryl Gillan (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

5. Milton Keynes North
2010 Result:
Conservative: 23419 (43.5%)
Labour: 14458 (26.8%)
Lib Dem: 11894 (22.1%)
BNP: 1154 (2.1%)
Green: 733 (1.4%)
UKIP: 1772 (3.3%)
Independent: 95 (0.2%)
Others: 363 (0.7%)
MAJORITY: 8961 (16.6%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Mark Lancaster 27,244 47.2 +3.8
Labour Emily Darlington 17,491 30.3 +3.5
UKIP David Reilly 6,852 11.9 +8.6
Liberal Democrat Paul Graham 3,575 6.2 -15.9
Green Jennifer Marklew 2,255 3.9 +2.5
TUSC Katie Simpson 163 0.3 N/A
Independent David Mortimer 112 0.2 N/A
Majority 9,753 16.9 +0.3
Turnout 57,692 66.4 +0.6

Leve Vote: 49.7%

Sitting MP: Mark Lancaster (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

6. Milton Keynes South

2010 Result:
Conservative: 23034 (41.6%)
Labour: 17833 (32.2%)
Lib Dem: 9787 (17.7%)
BNP: 1502 (2.7%)
Green: 774 (1.4%)
UKIP: 2074 (3.7%)
Others: 329 (0.6%)
MAJORITY: 5201 (9.4%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Iain Stewart7 27,601 46.8 +5.2
Labour Andrew Pakes8 18,929 32.1 -0.1
UKIP Vince Peddle9 7,803 13.2 +9.5
Liberal Democrat Lisa Smith10 2,309 3.9 -13.8
Green Samantha Pancheri 1,936 3.3 +1.9
Independent Stephen Fulton 255 0.4 +0.4
Keep It Real Party Matthew Gibson 116 0.2 +0.2
Majority 8,672 14.7
Turnout 59,019 65.8 +1.9

Leave Vote: 53.1%

Sitting MP: Iain Stewart (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

7. Wycombe

2010 Result:
Conservative: 23423 (48.6%)
Labour: 8326 (17.3%)
Lib Dem: 13863 (28.8%)
UKIP: 2123 (4.4%)
Independent: 228 (0.5%)
Others: 188 (0.4%)
MAJORITY: 9560 (19.9%)

2015 Result:
Conservative Steve Baker 26,444 51.4 +2.8
Labour David Williams 11,588 22.5 +5.2
UKIP David Meacock 5,198 10.1 +5.7
Liberal Democrat Steve Guy 4,546 8.8 -20.0
Green Jem Bailey 3,086 6.0 n/a
Independent David Fitton 577 1.1 +0.7
Majority 14,856 28.9 +9.0
Turnout 51,439 67.410 +1.2

Leave Vote: 48.4%

Sitting MP: Steve Baker (Con)
Prediction: Conservative hold

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ConHome Diary: The Conservative Party Should Obey David Cameron's Maxim That "Sunlight is the Best Form of Disinfectant"

5 May 2017 at 11:13

Like most of you I have been following Mark Wallace’s tweets on candidate selections with massive interest. This site originally made its name, back in 2004, in blowing the lid off the secrecy behind Conservative candidate selections. Thirteen years on CCHQ is still shrouded in secrecy and does its best to prevent anyone from finding out who is standing for selection in particular seats. David Cameron used to say that transparency is the best form of disinfectant. He was right then, and he’s right now. The actions of CCHQ over the past three weeks have been ridiculous and totally counter-productive. I’ve always taken the view that the party should be proud of its candidates and should have no issues in telling party members who’s standing for selection in various seats. There should be nothing confidential or secretive about it at all. As soon as the shortlist has been drawn up CCHQ should press release it. There was one seat recently where party members were told that they wouldn’t be told who was on the shortlist until they turned up at the selection meeting. It was only through ConHome that they were able to find out who in advance they were expected to choose from. A whole succession of party chairmen and heads of the Candidates Committee have failed to address this issue over the years, and collectively they should hang their heads in shame. No one has ever explained to me why this should all be so secretive. Maybe they’re afraid people will use Google to find out the candidates’ past achievements and failures. I mean, heaven forfend. We live in a society where we no longer have to doff our caps to the political elites. We no longer have to believe what we are told. We question authority. We question those who tell us what we are ‘allowed’ to know. We live in an era where if people try to keep something secret, we question their motives. CCHQ needs to take a long hard look at its candidate selection procedures after the election, and the secrecy part of it needs to be near the top of the list for change.
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I don’t know if Mark Wallace has been totting up the number of female candidates being selected in safe or winnable seats, but Women2Win certainly ought to have their tales up, if that’s not an inappropriate expression. When Parliament was dissolved there were 68 female Tory MPs, compared to 99 Labour – 21% compared to 43%. If the polls are right and there’s going to be a reasonably big Tory majority it’s entirely possible the Conservative total will go above Labour’s, maybe even in percentage terms too. And let’s remember, it was Anne Jenkin and Theresa May who formed Women2Win with exactly this aim in mind. If Anne hadn’t already got a peerage, I’d suggest she should be awarded one!
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The selection of Kemi Badenoch in Saffron Walden is yet another indication that Tory Party members are not the dusty old colonels the media delights in depicting them as. If I had predicted on my blog ten years ago that a female Asian candidate and a female black candidate had been selected in two safe Essex seats I’d have been written off as a lunatic. And the thing is, Kemi and Priti Patel are not alone. I can think of a whole host of non white candidates who now sit in the House of Commons in safe Tory seats. Perhaps the media might take a bit more notice of this. We’ve come a long way since John Taylor’s problems in Cheltenham in the early 1990s.
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Political commentators are having to rapidly revise their opinions of Theresa May. The narrative has always been that she’s very cautious and not a natural risk take. Well, having taken us all surprise by calling a general election, and on Wednesday appearing in Downing Street launching a nuclear missile at the European Commission, I think it’s safe to say that the word ‘audacious’ can be used about her in future. I do wish she’s loosen up a bit and stop the sloganizing during the campaign, but you have to say she hasn’t put a foot wrong so far. The Juncker episode has added at least five seats onto the Tory total, and Diane Abbott another ten, I’d have thought. And there are still five weeks to go.
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Theresa May isn’t the most natural politician to adopt the cult of personality, but it is entirely right that this is the Tory strategy in this election campaign. She is the party’s biggest asset and in a campaign you put your biggest asset front and centre. The word Conservative seems to be relegated to an afterthought. Believe me, I hear time and time again on my radio show the words: “I’ve always voted Labour, but I like Theresa May…” People often can’t quite explain why, but she seems to instil confidence in them. I did a talk to journalism students at City University last Friday and had another example of this. A more mature black student put his hand up in the Q&A and said that he was a habitual Labour voter but he would be voting for Theresa May (note, for Theresa May, not the Conservatives) because he felt she was speaking to him. He couldn’t articulate any other reason. I kept asking him what it was in particular and he kept saying “I don’t know, I just like her.” It took me back to an episode in my German class at school, when I uttered a particularly complicated German sentence and the teacher asked me why I had used the word order that I had. I meekly replied: “I don’t know, Sir.” And back came the reply: “That’s excellent, it means you’re becoming fluent.” So when a voter can’t articulate the reason why they want to vote for Theresa May it doesn’t matter. It means they’re becoming Conservative without realising it. And we all know, once you’ve voted for a party once, it becomes much easier to do it again and again. That was Tony Blair’s biggest strength. He appealed to people outside the Labour Party’s natural areas of support. It’s a great gift in a politician and Theresa May has it in spades.
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Today at noon I start a new weekly TV show on CNN International called CNN Talk. Every Friday Max Foster will host a half hour show discussing political issues of the week with a panel which includes me, economics commentator Liam Halligan and former Labour Spad Ayesha Hazirika. I hope you’ll tune in, wherever in the world you are!

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