The LDV Election Night Live-Blog: 3.00 – 4.30 pm

by Stephen Tall on May 7, 2010

4.23 am

Horrible news: Lib Dems’ Evan Harris LOSES seat of Oxford West & Abingdon to Tories on a 6.9% swing:

Conservative 23,906 42.3% (+9.6)
Evan Harris Liberal Democrat 23,730 42.0% (-4.1)
Labour 5,999 10.6% (-5.2)

Malcolm Bruce HOLDS Gordon.

4.19 am

Lib Dems’ Paul Holmes LOSES Chesterfield.

Bob Russell HOLDS Chesterfield, 6,982 majority.

4.14 am

Fantastic result for Tom Brake in Carshalton & Wallington, with a 4.3% swing from Tory to Lib Dem:

Tom Brake Liberal Democrat 22,180 48.3 +7.9
Conservative 16,920 36.8 -0.6
Labour 4,015 8.7 -8.6

More good news (this is all relative, I realise): Danny Alexander HOLDS Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey.

4.10 am

Lib Dems’ Robert Smith HOLDS Aberdeenshire West and Kincardine.

But Lib Dems LOSE Hereford & Herefordshire South with 3.8% swing from Lib Dem to Tory:

Conservative 22,366 46.2% (+5.2)
Sarah Carr Liberal Democrat 19,885 41.1% (-2.3)
Labour 3,506 7.2% (-3.0)

Latest rumour: Susan Kramer has lost Richmond Park

4.05 am

Sad news that Dr Richard Taylor, the independent MP in Wyre Forest, has lost to the Tories:

Conservative 18,793 36.9% (+7.8)
Richard Taylor Independent Community and Health Concern 16,115 31.7% (-6.9)
Labour 7,298 14.3% (-8.2)
Neville Farmer Liberal Democrat 6,040 11.9% (+10.6)

4.02 am

Latest exit poll prediction:
Tories 303 MPs, 36% of the vote
Labour 256 MPs, 27%
Lib Dems 63 MPs, 22%
Others 28 MPs, 15%

Here’s the result in Devon Central, which the Tories have held:

Mel Stride Conservative 27,737 51.5% +7.7
Philip Hutty Liberal Democrat 18,507 34.4% -4.4
Moira Macdonald Labour 3,715 6.9% -4.7

3.59 am

Recount in Evan Harris’s Oxford West and Abingdon seat, fewer than 200 votes in it.

3.54 am

Lib Dems GAIN Redcar from Labour on a huge 21.8% swing. Is this the result of the night, at least in terms of the swing? Absolutely amazing!! Well done, Ian Swales MP:

Ian Swales Liberal Democrat 18,955 45.2% (+25.0)
Labour 13,741 32.7 (-18.6)
Conservative 5,790 13.8 (-4.1)

3.51 am

Norman Lamb HOLDS Norfolk North.

3.46 am

Lib Dems just miss out on gaining Ashfield by fewer than 200 votes: bad luck Jason Zadrozny, who secured an astonishing 17.2% swing from Labour:

Labour 16,239 33.7% (-15.0)
Jason Zadrozny Liberal Democrat 16,047 33.3% (+19.5)
Conservative 10,698 22.2% (-2.2)

Sandra Gidley LOSES Romsey and Southampton North:

Conservative 24,345 49.7% (+6.6)
Sandra Gidley Liberal Democrat 20,189 41.3% (-2.4)
Labour 3,116 6.4% (-4.6)

3.38 am

Paul Rowen LOSES Rochdale to Labour.

Michael Crockart HOLDS Edinburgh and John Thurso HOLDS Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.

Michael Moore HOLDS Berwickshire.

Some better news:

lornaspenceley Lib Dems move from third to second place in NE Cambs.

3.35 am

Gordon Birtwistle GAINS Burnley with amazing 9.6% swing from Labour:

Gordon Birtwistle Liberal Democrat 14,932 35.7% (+12.0)
Julie Cooper Labour 13,114 31.3% (-7.1)
Richard Ali Conservative 6,950 16.6% (+5.8)
Sharon Wilkinson British National Party 3,747 9.0% (-1.3)

And Don Foster HOLDS Bath.

3.30 am

Lib Dem HOLD for Nick Harvey in Devon North:

Nick Harvey Liberal Democrat 24,305 47.4% (+0.9)
Conservative 18,484 36.0% (+0.3)
UK Independence Party 3,720 7.2% (+2.0)

3.26 am

Here’s the bad news result from Oxford East, where there’s a 4.1% swing from Lib Dem to Labour:

Labour 21,938 42.5% (+6.5)
Steve Goddard Liberal Democrat 17,357 33.6% (-1.6)
Conservative 9,727 18.8% (+1.5)

And here’s Newton Abbot, cruelly mis-reported by the BBC as a hold, but in fact a Tory GAIN, with a 5.8% swing:

Conservative 20,774 43.0% (+8.0)
Richard Younger-Ross Liberal Democrat 20,251 41.9% (-3.6)
Labour 3,387 7.0% (-4.4)

3.19 am

Lib Dems’ John Pugh has HELD Southport.

LIB DEM GAIN in Burnley – wonderful result, well done Gordon Birtwistle MP.

Roger Williams HOLDS Brecon and Radnorshire.

Reports Greg Mulholland will HOLD Leeds North West.

Lib Dems’ Jenny Willott HOLDS Cardiff Central.

Labour have held Newcastle Central.

Richard Younger Ross LOSES Newton Abbot.

3.11 am

Good news: LIB DEM HOLD in Lewes – Norman Baker returned with big majority:

Norman Baker Liberal Democrat 26,048 52.0% (+0.5)
Conservative 18,401 36.7% (+2.1)
Labour 2,508 5.0% (-4.3)

But Labour hold Aberdeen South, a Lib Dem target. And we’ve heard Labour are holding Oxford East, the party’s 4th top Labour target.

3.08 am

Huge congratulations to Amy Kitcher on achieving a massive 17% Labour to Lib Dem swing in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, though not enough to win on this occasion:

Labour 14,007 43.7% (-16.8)
Amy Kitcher Liberal Democrat 9,951 31.0% (+17.0)
Conservative 2,412 7.5% (-1.4)

3.03 am

Congratulations to Jeremy Browne, holding Taunton Deane with a 1.8% swing from Tory to Lib Dem:

Jeremy Browne Liberal Democrat 28,531 49.1% (+4.7)
Conservative 24,538 42.2% (+1.1)
Labour 2,967 5.1% (-7.0)

Reports that the result is tight in Oxford West & Abingdon, Evan Harris’s seat.

3.00 am

Current state of play is the Lib Dems have nine MPs, polling 20% of the vote, against 29% for Labour and 32% for the Tories.

David Cameron has, surprise surprise, been returned in Witney.

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