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General Election 2019: The key moments as West Country wakes up to Conservative majority

Boris Johnson's Conservatives are heading for a landslide victory. Credit: PA

The Conservatives are heading for a landslide victory in the 2019 General Election as traditional Labour seats held by the party for a generation have turned blue.

Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed he won't contest another election as Labour leader on a night of shocks, which included a narrow defeat for Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson.

In the West Country, the Conservatives held on to all of their seats but also added Stroud - a key target for them.

Labour endured a difficult night nationally but managed to retain their seats in the region, including all four of the Bristol constituencies as well as Exeter and Plymouth Sutton and Devonport.

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Jeremy Corbyn is facing calls to step down. Credit: PA

The Liberal Democrats, meanwhile, had a disastrous night - they failed to capture any of their target seats.

Here is a recap of the key moments from across the West Country…

  • Conservatives take Stroud - but miss out on Bristol North West

Heading into the election, Stroud and Bristol North West were earmarked as two key battlegrounds.

The Conservatives’ Siobhan Bailie successfully ousted Labour’s David Drew from Stroud but the Tories failed to take Bristol North West, which re-elected Darren Jones.

Watch: Green candidate Molly Scott Cato reacts to Stroud result

  • Labour MPs call on Corbyn to step down

The South West’s surviving Labour MPs - including Ben Bradshaw in Exeter, Luke Pollard in Plymouth and Bristol North West’s Darren Jones - have called on party leader Jeremy Corbyn to step down.

Corbyn blamed the "polarising" Brexit debate for Labour's dismal electoral showing, as he confirmed he would not lead the party into another general election campaign.

But Pollard, who retained his Plymouth seat, said it was time for a change in leadership.

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw said the result was a "catastrophic result" for his party.

  • Liberal Democrats’ revival fails

If it was a disappointing night for Labour, it was a disastrous night for the Liberal Democrats.

Jo Swinson failed to win her seat. Credit: PA

Their hopes of a West Country revival by appealing to Remain voters failed in spectacular fashion.

Wera Hobhouse held on to her seat in Bath but Sarah Wollaston, who joined the Liberal Democrats from the Tories earlier this year, was defeated in Totnes by Conservative candidate Anthony Mangnall.

Lib Dem MEP for the South West, Caroline Voaden, said Brexit would be "terrible" for the region:

  • Cornwall constituency one of the last to declare

A rather unusual story that came out of the West Country on election night was the bad weather - and its impact on counts in Cornwall.

The St Ives count was disrupted after rough seas delayed the delivery of ballot boxes from the Isles of Scilly.

Our reporter, Steve Hardy, who was at the count in St Ives, said a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose will deliver the boxes at 12.30pm - with the vote set to resume around 2.30pm.

Steve Hardy on the situation in St Ives:

In a statement, Cornwall Council confirmed the count had been temporarily suspended.

Due to adverse weather conditions, it is not possible to transfer the ballot boxes from the off-islands at the Isles of Scilly.

The count for the St Ives constituency has been suspended, and we hope to reopen at Truro College at 2.30pm when we hope to restart the count.

The West Cornwall count has been suspended until 2.30 because of bad weather on the Isles of Scilly, which means we are unable to get the ballot boxes from all the islands.

– Cornwall Council

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