Lib Dems win Stratford-on-Avon while Labour gain three seats (2024)

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Summary Live Reporting Thank you for joining uspublished at 09:01 5 July09:01 5 July A look back at the 2019 resultspublished at 08:45 5 July08:45 5 July 'Honoured beyond words'published at 08:30 5 July08:30 5 July Labour set out prioritiespublished at 08:16 5 July08:16 5 July Results in more detailpublished at 07:54 5 July07:54 5 July Wimbledon plans cancelled after election winpublished at 07:33 5 July07:33 5 July The story of the nightpublished at 07:15 5 July07:15 5 July Rugby Labour thanks people for samosas, phone calls and teapublished at 06:59 5 July06:59 5 July 'Honour to represent Coventry'published at 06:40 5 July06:40 5 July Labour's Owatemi exhausted after campaigning with six-month-oldpublished at 06:23 5 July06:23 5 July Sultana says Labour landslide shows people 'desperate for change'published at 06:05 5 July06:05 5 July Loss of votes to Reform costing Tories dearpublished at 05:44 5 July05:44 5 July 'People wanted change after chaotic government'published at 05:32 5 July05:32 5 July Perteghella will 'fight very hard' for Stratford-on-Avonpublished at 05:21 5 July05:21 5 July Labour wins general election after reaching 326 seatspublished at 05:08 5 July05:08 5 July Labour holds Warwick and Leamingtonpublished at 05:02 5 July05:02 5 July Conservatives hold Kenilworth and Southampublished at 04:57 5 July04:57 5 JulyBreaking Coventry East in numberspublished at 04:52 5 July04:52 5 July John Slinger 'incredibly proud' to be elected in Rugbypublished at 04:41 5 July04:41 5 July Gosling says Labour can deliver 'the change needed' for Nuneatonpublished at 04:31 5 July04:31 5 July
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Summary

  • Liberal Democrats win Stratford-on-Avon from Conservatives

  • Labour win Rugby, Nuneaton and North Warwickshire from Conservatives

  • Jeremy Wright keeps Kenilworth and Southam seat

  • Saqib Bhatti retains redrawn Meriden and Solihull East constituency for Conservatives

  • Labour holds Coventry East, Warwick & Leamington and Coventry North West seats

  • Catch up on results from Coventry East, Coventry North West, Coventry South, Kenilworth and Southam, Meriden and Solihull East, North Warwickshire and Bedworth, Nuneaton, Rugby, Stratford-on-Avon, and Warwick and Leamington

  • Live results and reaction from across the UK

Live Reporting

Edited by Trystan Jones

  1. Thank you for joining uspublished at 09:01 5 July

    09:01 5 July

    That's all for our live coverage today

    This page was edited by Trystan Jones. It was written by Alice Cullinane, with additional contributions from Joshua Nevett, Ushma Mistry, Emb Hashmi, Kevin Reide, James Bovill, Tom Cooke and Kirsty Leahy.

    There will be more coverage of the results nationally and what they mean for particularly Labour and the Conservatives here.

  2. A look back at the 2019 resultspublished at 08:45 5 July

    08:45 5 July

    For a bit of context, here's a look at the results from the 2019 general election, so you can see what has changed.

    The brackets show the current majorities for those seats that have been held by their parties.

    Coventry North East - Labour - 7,692 (11,623)

    Coventry North West - Labour - 208 (11,174)

    Coventry South - Labour - 401 (10,201)

    Warwick and Leamington - Labour - 789 (12,412)

    Meriden - Conservative - 22,836 (4,584)

    Kenilworth - Conservative - 20,353 (6,574)

    Nuneaton - Conservative - 13,144 (taken by Labour)

    Rugby - Conservative - 13,447 (taken by Labour)

    North Warwickshire - Conservative - 17,956 (taken by Labour)

    Stratford-on-Avon - Conservative - 19,972 (taken by Lib Dems)

  3. 'Honoured beyond words'published at 08:30 5 July

    08:30 5 July

    Labour's Zarah Sultana has thanked the people of Coventry South after she held on to her seat.

    In a post on X, formerly Twitter, she said: "I am honoured beyond words to be re-elected to Parliament - now with a 10,201 vote majority.

    "I will continue to use my voice to fight for social justice, for peace and equality, and for a better future for us all."

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  4. Labour set out prioritiespublished at 08:16 5 July

    08:16 5 July

    Labour's new Rugby MP-elect John Slinger has said the new government will prioritise economic security, cheaper bills, safer streets, fixing the NHS, securing the UK’s borders and creating better opportunities for children.

    “I want to thank the voters for putting their trust in me and the Labour party,” he said.

    “There will be many people who have voted for Labour for the first time at this election.

    "I want to thank you and reassure you that I will do everything I can to deliver the change that people have voted for and so need and deserve.”

  5. Results in more detailpublished at 07:54 5 July

    07:54 5 July

    If you want to read the results in more detail, check out the BBC's constituency pages, which feature lots of extra information:

    • Coventry East
    • Coventry North West
    • Coventry South
    • Kenilworth and Southam
    • Meriden and Solihull East
    • North Warwickshire and Bedworth
    • Nuneaton
    • Rugby
    • Stratford-on-Avon
    • Warwick and Leamington
  6. Wimbledon plans cancelled after election winpublished at 07:33 5 July

    07:33 5 July

    There'll be no visit to Wimbledon's Centre Court for the newly elected Labour MP for North Warwickshire and Bedworth, Rachel Taylor.

    She took the seat from the Conservatives for Labour with a majority of 2,198.

    But when asked about her immediate plans, she said would probably have to cancel tickets she had bought for Wimbledon on Monday.

    She admitted she bought them before the election was announced as she always tried to get tickets after 10 years as a tennis umpire at SW19.

  7. The story of the nightpublished at 07:15 5 July

    07:15 5 July

    If you're just joining us, here's what happened in Coventry and Warwickshire's constituencies overnight.

    The story of the night was the Lib Dems' win in Stratford-on-Avon, wiping out a Conservative majority of 19,000 in 2019.

    Overall, Labour made three gains from the Conservatives in Rugby, Nuneaton and North Warwickshire.

    Jeremy Wright and Saqib Bhatti managed to hold their seats in Kenilworth and Southam, and Meriden and Solihull East respectively, albeit with reduced majorities.

    There were also holds for Labour's Zarah Sultana, Mary Creagh and Taiwo Owatemi in Coventry, and Matt Western in Warwick and Leamington.

  8. Rugby Labour thanks people for samosas, phone calls and teapublished at 06:59 5 July

    06:59 5 July

    The Labour Party posted on X to thank everyone for their support after they gained Rugby from the Conservatives. From samosas to phone calls and cups of tea.

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  9. 'Honour to represent Coventry'published at 06:40 5 July

    06:40 5 July

    Most of our candidates are getting ready for a well-earned sleep, but there's still time to thank people on social media.

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  10. Labour's Owatemi exhausted after campaigning with six-month-oldpublished at 06:23 5 July

    06:23 5 July

    Lib Dems win Stratford-on-Avon while Labour gain three seats (1)

    Taiwo Owatemi held her Coventry North West seat for Labour but said she had won off "a limited amount of sleep" due to having a six-month-old baby girl.

    It was her first general election as a new mum and she praised her husband's support as "it has taken a lot of teamwork. It's a journey, we're both learning!".

    She secured 19,696 votes to 8,522 for the Conservative candidate, and said she had heard a lot of people on the doorstep "who have had enough and really want change" nationally.

    However, after the result she said she needed to sleep: "I am exhausted. I am going home to a six-month-old who needs to be fed and I'm hoping she doesn't wake up as she probably wants to play!"

  11. Sultana says Labour landslide shows people 'desperate for change'published at 06:05 5 July

    06:05 5 July

    Lib Dems win Stratford-on-Avon while Labour gain three seats (2)

    Zarah Sultana has said that the Labour landslide showed that the country was "desperate for change".

    She has held on to her Coventry South seat with a majority of 10,201 and said it was time to "start the work" to rebuild communities.

    Turnout in the constituency was 56%, down from 65.9% in 2019. Sultana described the low turnout as concerning, adding that it was important for people to feel like they could take part in democracy.

  12. Loss of votes to Reform costing Tories dearpublished at 05:44 5 July

    05:44 5 July

    Professor Sir John Curtice
    Polling expert

    So far, the Conservatives have lost 173 seats nationally. In 124 of these, the Reform vote was greater than the margin of the Conservatives' defeat.

    Of these seats, 99 were won by Labour, 19 by the Lib Dems, two by nationalists, and four by Reform themselves.

    Of course, not everybody who voted Reform would have otherwise voted Conservative, but they most certainly voted Conservative in 2019.

    These statistics underline the extent to which the heavy loss of Conservative votes to Reform has cost Sunak's party dear.

  13. 'People wanted change after chaotic government'published at 05:32 5 July

    05:32 5 July

    The MP-elect for Stratford-on-Avon, Manuela Perteghella, said residents in the area wanted change after 14 years of "this chaotic government".

    The Lib Dems overturned a Conservative majority of 13,395 to win the seat which had been held by former Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi since 2010.

    He announced he would step down at this general election. Perteghella said she felt people had voted for her as a "local champion who will stand up for them in Westminster".

  14. Perteghella will 'fight very hard' for Stratford-on-Avonpublished at 05:21 5 July

    05:21 5 July

    James Bovill
    BBC News, West Midlands

    Lib Dems win Stratford-on-Avon while Labour gain three seats (3)

    Liberal Democrats' Manuela Perteghella won the seat for Stratford-on-Avon, stealing it away from Conservative territory that has lasted decades.

    Perteghella said that she would fight very hard for Stratford-on-Avon to be a better place.

    "I'm very humbled to have been elected to represent my home," she said.

    Perteghella added that residents had voted for a brighter future and for change. She also added that she wanted to tackle sewage dumping in rivers and the cost of living crisis.

  15. Labour wins general election after reaching 326 seatspublished at 05:08 5 July

    05:08 5 July

    Nationally, Labour have officially secured the 326 seats needed to command a majority in the House of Commons.

    Sir Keir Starmer is giving his victory speech now.

    Lib Dems win Stratford-on-Avon while Labour gain three seats (4)Image source, Reuters

    You can follow the national situation here.

  16. Labour holds Warwick and Leamingtonpublished at 05:02 5 July

    05:02 5 July

    The Labour Party's Matt Western has held Warwick and Leamington, with a majority of 12,412.

    In second place came the Conservatives with James Uffindell receiving 11,563 votes. Reform's Nigel Clarke was third, reaching just over 5,000 votes.

    Overall turnout was down compared to 2019, with 64.5% voting this year.

  17. Conservatives hold Kenilworth and Southampublished at 04:57 5 July

    04:57 5 JulyBreaking

    Jeremy Wright has held on to his Kenilworth and Southam seat, albeit with a reduced majority.

    He has been its MP since 2010, but saw majority in excess of 22,000 shrink to 6,574.

  18. Coventry East in numberspublished at 04:52 5 July

    04:52 5 July

    The Labour Party held on to the Coventry East seat with 18,308 votes for candidate Mary Creagh.

    Reform UK's Iddrisu Sufyan was second place with 6,685 votes. The Conservatives came in third with less than half the numbers of Labour, with 6,240 votes.

    Lib Dems win Stratford-on-Avon while Labour gain three seats (5)

  19. John Slinger 'incredibly proud' to be elected in Rugbypublished at 04:41 5 July

    04:41 5 July

    Tom Cooke
    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Lib Dems win Stratford-on-Avon while Labour gain three seats (6)

    As a recap, here in Rugby, Labour has overturned a majority of just over 13,000 to take the seat from the Conservatives.

    This is a big move as it's been in Tory hands since the seat was created back in 2010.

    John Slinger won the seat with 19,533 votes and said he was "incredibly proud" to be elected. Serving as an MP for Rugby was a huge privilege to improve the community, he added.

  20. Gosling says Labour can deliver 'the change needed' for Nuneatonpublished at 04:31 5 July

    04:31 5 July

    Joshua Nevett
    Political reporter, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

    Lib Dems win Stratford-on-Avon while Labour gain three seats (7)

    The new MP-elect for Nuneaton Jodie Gosling has told the BBC her party can deliver “the change needed” in the bellwether constituency.

    The nursery manager said she was “delighted” to have won the seat with a majority of 3,479.

    “I’m really happy and can’t wait to start work,” Gosling says.

    The Reform UK candidate won 9,059 votes.

    Asked if Reform UK had handed the seat on a plate to Labour, Gosling said: “I don’t think so. I think it comes down to the hard work of our campaigners. We’re in touch with Nuneaton. It’s our home and we’ll deliver on the promises to give Nuneaton a better future.”

    Is she going to a party tonight?

    "Not just yet. We’ll wait the rest of the night and see what comes in.”

Lib Dems win Stratford-on-Avon while Labour gain three seats (2024)
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