Conservatives make sweeping gains across England

BBC News

The Conservative Party has made sweeping gains in England, gaining 87 seats.

The Tories have ousted Labour from key target seats including Waveney, Dewsbury and Stafford, but failed to secure an overall UK majority.

Labour have lost 83 seats across England, and the Liberal Democrats have lost four, with about 30 constituencies yet to declare.

The results so far indicate a 5.7% swing from Labour to the Conservatives.

Seats lost
The Conservative Party took 14 seats in the West Midlands, including former home secretary Jacqui Smith’s Redditch seat.

But they failed to win a number of key targets, including Edgbaston which was held by Labour’s Gisela Stuart with a majority of more than 1,000.

The Tories also gained 14 seats in the South East, 11 in the East Midlands and 10 seats in the North West.

But Labour held firm in its North East stronghold losing only two of its 25 seats – one to the Conservative Party and one to the Liberal Democrats.

Houghton and Sunderland South was the first to declare results at 2252 BST. It was the fifth general election running it had been first to announce its next MP.

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