GENERAL ELECTION RESULT - Labour wins Worcester and landslide nationally - The Worcester Observer

GENERAL ELECTION RESULT - Labour wins Worcester and landslide nationally

Worcester Editorial 4th Jul, 2024 Updated: 5th Jul, 2024   0

Worcester has been a safe Conservative seat since 2010 but not any more.  Yesterday, the electorate voted for change and Labour’s Tom Collins became the city’s new MP with a 40.5 per cent share of the vote.

In a night that saw a landslide for Labour, Worcester is historically considered a bellwether seat in general elections, with the outcome mirroring the overall national result.

He beat Conservative Marc Bayliss by a majority of 7,116.

He told the Observer he was “blown away” with result and “so grateful” for the faith that the people of Worcester have put in him.

He said: “We’ve worked really hard in this campaign and the message we have heard from people is that they think it is time for change and they want change.”

The engineer who has also served as a city councillor representing Rainbow Hill ward was enthusiastic about the future.




“Now I’m very excited by the opportunity for me to deliver that, hopefully alongside the Labour government but also to just bring that change here in Worcester, working really actively in the city, to build partnership and to solve problems right here where we live,” he added.

Mr Collins who works in research and development for Worcester Bosch has been involved in creating green technology to tackle the climate crisis.


He said that Labour is committed to making the UK a clean energy superpower and has “incredibly ambitious plans” to invest in renewable energy and other projects like rewiring the National Grid to see a “rapid green transition”.

He said it was something that would also benefit the economy, fuel bills and national energy security.

Tom Collins MP victory speech

04.10 am 

This rounds up our live election coverage for tonight. Good night and sleep tight folks! It’s been quite an evening.

03.43am

Green candidate Tor Pingree thanks the electorate for her 4,789 votes which equates to a 10.4 per share of the turnout.

Tor Pingree, the Green Party candidate. Picture Lise Evans

03.41am

Marc Bayliss came second for the Conservatives with 11,506 votes.

Conservative hopeful Marc Bayliss addresses the room after his defeat.

 

03.34am

Tom Collins said he was “blown away” and “so grateful” for the faith that the people of Worcester have put in him. He said: “We’ve worked really hard in this campaign and the message we have heard from people is that they think it is time for change and they want change.”

 

Worcester’s new MP Tom Collins. Picture Lise Evans

 

03.15am

Worcester General Election Results 2024:

Mel Allcott, Liberal Democrat – 3,986

Marc Bayliss, Conservative – 11,506

Tom Collins, Labour – 18,622 ELECTED

Mark Davies, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition – 280

Duncan Murray, Social Democratic Party – 130

Andy Peplow, Reform UK – 6723

Tor Pingree, Green – 4789

 

03.05am

Labour’s Tom Collins has been elected as Worcester’s new MP with 18,622 votes.

 

02.59am

Candidates huddle with the returning officer to see the results. Any second now…

Candidates at Worcester gather together just before the result is announced.

 

2.51am

We are expecting the results to be called in around 10 minutes.

 

01.27am

At last! The turnout in Worcester today was 61 per cent and the total number of votes cast was 46,218 out of an electorate of 74,931. That includes 11,534 postal votes. That’s over a seven per cent less than 2019.

 

00.55am

We are still waiting for the verification process to be finished. Once it is we’ll know more about what the turnout has been in Worcester.

 

00.21am

The electorate at the 2019 election numbered 73,485. The valid vote count totalled 50,898 with a voter turnout of 69.3%.

 

23.34pm

The constituency covers the city of Worcester and borders Mid Worcestershire to the east and West Worcestershire to the west.

 

11.10pm

The ballot boxes have started to arrive but our first election update is likely to be the voter turnout across Worcester which is expected around 12.30am.

 

10.52pm

A safe Conservative seat for many years, Worcester has been represented by Robin Walker since the 2010 general election. He announced he would not seek reelection in March and stood down at the dissolution of parliament on May 30, 2024.

The candidates standing for election are: Mel Allcott (Liberal Democrat), Marc Bayliss (Conservative), Tom Collins (Labour), Mark Davies (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition), Duncan Murray (Social Democratic Party), Andy Peplow (Reform UK) and Tor Pingree (Green).

 

10.17pm

The first big talking point of the night is the exit poll. The current poll methodology has been used in the last five general elections and has been as accurate to predict final results to within 10 seats. The worst of the five was still accurate enough to 30 seats.

It is based on 130 seats across the country and a poll of 200,000 people.

So what does the 2024 exit poll predict?

According to this exit poll, Labour would end up with a majority of 170 seats.

It suggests Labour would win 410 seats, the Conservatives would be second on 131, the Liberal Democrats on 61 and Reform UK would finish with 13.

Scottish National Party are predicted to win 10 seats, Plaid Cymru on four, the Greens on two and the remaining 19 seats spread across other parties.

The ballot boxes are making their way to the counts and we will be bringing you more when we get it.

Return to this live blog for local and national updates on today’s historic general election results.

Words and Pictures by Lise Evans

 

 

 

Advertising

Advertise with the Worcester Observer to reach your audience

Printing

We can provide all of your printing needs at competitive rates.

Online Editions

Catch up on your local news by reading our e-editions on the Worcester Observer.

Subscribe

Receive a weekly update to your inbox by signing up to our weekly newsletter.