Wednesday, 29 Jan 2020

General election key upsets: Party strongholds that switched hands

From Jo Swinson losing her seat to the Conservatives gaining staunch Labour strongholds, Sky News looks at the main seats that swung in the 2019 general election.

Conservative gains from Labour

Blyth Valley

The third constituency to declare was the first big upset of the night for Labour, which had held the Northumberland seat since 1950.

Workington

The Conservatives succeeded in appealing to the “Workington Man”, winning the northwest constituency from Labour in its first seat change since 1979.

Wrexham

The north Wales Labour safe seat, which voted to leave the EU, elected Tory Sarah Atherton as its first female MP.

Peterborough

The Cambridgeshire seat turned blue again after losing it in 2015, after Labour MP Fiona Onasanya was convicted of perverting the course of justice and removed from office.

Clwyd South

The north Wales seat voted in its first Conservative MP ever – after Boris Johnson failed to win the seat in the 90s.

Blackpool South

The coastal constituency swung to the Conservatives from Labour’s Gordon Marsden, who had been the MP since 1997.

Wolverhampton North East

The Brexit constituency swung to the Conservatives with more than 50% of the vote.

North West Durham

Corbyn protege Laura Pidcock, who was pitched as a potential deputy Labour leader, lost the Labour stronghold to the Conservatives for the first time in 69 years.

Bolsover

Eighty-seven-year-old Dennis Skinner was hoping to return to the Commons as Father of the House – the longest-serving male MP – but was ousted from the cornerstone of Labour’s red wall which he held since 1970.

West Bromwich West

Former deputy Labour leader Tom Watson’s seat was won by the conservatives in an 11.69% swing.

Sedgefield

Tony Blair’s former seat swung to the Conservatives with a 4,513 majority.

Kensington

Two years after Labour narrowly won the constituency just days before the Grenfell Tower fire, the Conservatives took it back with just 150 votes.

Newcastle-under-Lyme

The Staffordshire market town was taken by back by the Conservatives after 100 years of Labour.

Labour gains from the Conservatives

Putney

Labour’s first gain from the Conservatives of the night, the southwest London remain seat was previously held by former Cabinet minister Justine Greening.

Other gains

Dunbartonshire East

One of the biggest shocks of the night happened just before 4am when Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson lost her seat to the SNP, meaning she will have to step down.

Richmond Park

Lib Dem Sarah Olney beat Conservative Brexiteer Zac Goldsmith in the first Lib Dem gain of the night.

St Albans

The Lib Dems took the heavily remain voting constituency from the Conservatives, with Daisy Cooper securing a majority of 6,293.

Beaconsfield

Former Tory attorney general Dominic Grieve failed in his bid to get elected as an independent candidate, with the Conservative’s Joy Morrissey winning with 56.1% of the vote.

Belfast North

Democratic Unionist Party deputy leader Nigel Dodds lost the seat he had held since 2001, with Sinn Fein’s John Finucane winning with a majority of 1,943.

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