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Plymouth City Council has admitted that it failed to declare more than 6,500 votes in the tally for the Sutton and Devonport seat at Thursday's general election.
The missing votes came from the Efford and Lipson ward, one of eight areas that make up the constituency. This afternoon the council's acting returning officer Tracey Lee published the correct figures. The overall result of the election remains the same, with the successful candidate, Labour's Luke Pollard, gaining an extra 805 votes.
Final figures for Sutton & Devonport
Danny Bamping, Independent: 237 (difference 24)
Henrietta Bewley, Liberal Democrat: 1,244 (difference 138)
Oliver Colvile, Conservative Party: 20,476 (difference 2,670)
Richard Ellison, UK Independence Party (UKIP) 1,364 (difference 216)
Luke Pollard, Labour and Co-operative Party: 27,283 (difference 3,475)
Daniel Sheaff, The Green Party: 604 (difference 64)
Total number of votes: 51,208 (difference 6,587)
The number of ballot papers rejected was 83 (no difference).
The election watchdog is set to investigate problems surrounding voting in Plymouth. In addition to examining claims that hundreds of postal voting packs went missing before Thursday's election, it will now also look at claims by new Labour MP Luke Pollard that thousands of votes were left out of the final tally.
Latest ITV News reports
The new Plymouth Labour MP Luke Pollard is calling for an inquiry into claims that around 6,000 votes were missed from the final count.