Friday 30 September 2016

Shocks from General Election counts

Published 08/05/2015 | 06:42

Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable looks on after he lost his Twickenham seat to the Conservatives at Richmond Upon Thames College, Richmond. Photo : Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable looks on after he lost his Twickenham seat to the Conservatives at Richmond Upon Thames College, Richmond. Photo : Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Here are some of the shocks from the General Election counts:

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:: Douglas Alexander loses his seat: Labour's general election campaign chief and shadow foreign secretary was swept aside by the SNP's Mhairi Black, a 20-year-old politics student at Glasgow University, with a 26.92% swing from Labour to the SNP in Paisley and Renfrewshire South.

:: Jo Swinson loses her seat: UK business minister Jo Swinson lost the East Dunbartonshire seat she had held for the Liberal Democrats since 2005 due to a 16.05% swing to the SNP.

:: Labour loses former safe seat of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath. The SNP's Roger Mullin won the seat against Labour's Kenny Selbie. It had been Labour's safest seat in Scotland, and was held by former prime minister Gordon Brown.

:: Jim Murphy loses his seat: The Scottish Labour leader lost the East Renfrewshire seat he had held since 1997 to the SNP's Kirsten Oswald.

:: Ed Davey loses seat. The Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary lost the Kingston and Surbiton seat he had held since 1997 to Conservative James Berry. Mr Davey won 20,415 votes, almost 3,000 less than the Tory tally of 23,249.

:: Simon Hughes loses seat: The Liberal Democrat lost the Bermondsey and Old Southwark seat he had held for 32 years to Labour by around 5,000 votes.

:: Vince Cable loses seat: The Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable lost the Twickenham seat he has held since 1997 to the Conservatives, defeated by Tania Mathias by 25,580 votes to 23,563. He blamed a campaign of "fear" by the Tories for a "terrible night" for the Liberal Democrats.

:: Esther McVey loses seat: The Conservative Employment minister was beaten in Wirral West, after Labour's Margaret Greenwood won the tight marginal.

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