Tories celebrate as majority of the South stays 'True Blue'

The Conservatives are celebrating after holding on to the majority of their seats across the Thames Valley, South and South East of England.

The Tories managed to gain both the Buckingham and Eastbourne seats.

Here's the full round-up.


In the Thames Valley, every seat is Conservative except for Oxford East and Reading East which remain Labour.

Liberal Democrat's Layla Moran also kept her Oxford West and Abingdon seat, increasing her majority.

She had 8,000 votes over the next candidate, with her success a rare positive for an otherwise poor night for the Lib Dems.

It's absolutely of course mixed feelings. We saw that exit poll and you think to yourself that you've been punched in the stomach a bit, what's going on. As the night's unfolded, it's been a really bitter sweet election."

Layla Moran MP, Oxford West & Abingdon, Lib Dem

Labour held on to Reading East, with Matt Rodda returning as the MP.

Anneliese Dodds also retained her seat in Oxford East.

There are new Tory MPs in Newbury, Aylesbury, and Buckingham - where John Bercow, the former Speaker of the Commons, did not stand.

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Former Prime Minister Theresa May held on to Maidenhead.

The Conservative MP was re-elected with 32,620 votes and a majority of nearly 19,000.

I think what this shows is that the British public wanted to get Brexit done, to get it sorted and move on."

Theresa May MP, Maidenhead, Con

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In the South every seat is Conservative except for Southampton Test, Portsmouth South, Brighton Kemptown and Hove which remain Labour.

Meanwhile, the Green Party's Caroline Lucas held on to Brighton Pavilion.

Former Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt was re-elected in Portsmouth North.

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The Conservatives held Eastleigh with an increased majority, following the previous MP Mims Davies' decision to move to Sir Nicholas Soames' former constituency of Mid Sussex.

Paul Holmes took 32,690 votes, beating the Lib Dem candidate Lynda Murphy by more than 15,000, although she missed the count, due to ill health.

I'm eternally grateful to the constituents of Eastleigh. I think the results show they want Brexit done, they voted in 2016. I think they also voted for our local message we put out. I've been the member of parliament for Eastleigh for 6 minutes, and I intend to do that for the next 5 years."

Paul Holmes MP, Eastleigh, Con

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In the South East every seat is Conservative except for Brighton Kemptown, Hove and Canterbury which remain Labour.

Meanwhile, the Green Party's Caroline Lucas held on to Brighton Pavilion.

The Green MP has increased her majority to nearly 20,000 - gaining votes from Labour.

Caroline Lucas held on to Brighton Pavilion Credit: ITV News Meridian

Brighton Kemptown's Lloyd Russell-Moyle held his seat but reacted angrily to the results.

He described a Conservative majority as "cataclysmic for the country, not just the Labour party".

We of course need to learn our lessons of why our message hasn't gotten across. We will do that and we will rise like a phoenix from the ashes and make sure we save this country and we save the national institutions that have built our country up."

Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, Brighton Kemptown, Lab

Canterbury was the second-most marginal seat in the Meridian region, with a majority of just 187.

But Labour have held it, with Rosie Duffield remaining the MP.

She was voted the city's first ever Labour MP in 2017.

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I'm so thrilled. This is the best job in the world but you cannot take any votes for granted. We worked really hard for this and I'm so pleased to be returning again."

Rosie Duffield MP, Canterbury, Lab

Dover remained Conservative, but with a new MP.

Natalie Elphicke won the seat. She's the wife of Charlie Elphicke the constituency's former MP who lost the Tory whip in 2017 when allegations of sexual assault, which he denies, were referred to the police.

Brexit has been a very important issue here in Dover and Deal. We are on the front line and the uncertainty has been damaging for everyone. The sooner we can move forward and get Brexit done, the better it will be for the jobs, money and investment in our community."

Natalie Elphicke MP, Dover, Con
Charlie Elphicke lost the Tory whip in 2017 Credit: ITV News Meridian