Lancaster turns red as Conservatives enter number 10

Catherine Jane Smith gains the Lancaster and Fleetwood constituency for Labour
Catherine Jane Smith gains the Lancaster and Fleetwood constituency for Labour
  • David Cameron continues as Prime Minister
  • Clegg, Milliband and Farage resign
  • Thoughts now turn to local elections
  • Results expected around lunchtime on Saturday, May 9

Lancaster has bucked the national trend and voted for a Labour MP.

Cat Smith has become the new representative for Lancaster and Fleetwood in parliament, turning a 333 Labour deficit into a 1,265-vote win in the constituency, ousting Conservative Eric Ollerenshaw .

The 650 UK election seats

The 650 UK election seats

The constituency recorded a 68.8 per cent turnout.

Labour has also tightened its grip on Lancashire, but this did not reflect the national picture, where the Conservatives now have an overall majority.

In Morecambe and Lunesdale, David Morris retained his seat for the Conservatives with a convincing majority of 4,590 votes.

There was a 65 per cent turnout in the constituency.

David Thomas Morris retains his Parliamentary seat for Morecambe and Lunesdale's Conservative Party

David Thomas Morris retains his Parliamentary seat for Morecambe and Lunesdale's Conservative Party

In Barrow & Furness, Labour’s John Woodcock held on to his seat by 995 votes, while in Westmorland and Lonsdale, Liberal Democrat Tim Farron took the lion’s share of the vote.

Conservative Ben Wallace romped home with over 53 per cent of the vote and a convincing win in Wyre and Preston North, and in Skipton and Ripon, the Conservatives retained their seat in the form of MP Julian Smith.

Labour leader Ed Milliband, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, and UKIP leader Nigel Farage have all resigned from their positions.

Thoughts are now turning to the local elections, where 60 seats on Lancaster City Council are up for grabs.

The counts for the Lancaster City Council, Morecambe Town Council and various Parish Councils across the district are due to take place at Salt Ayre Sports Centre on Saturday morning, May 9.

Results are expected around lunchtime.

Our reporters Greg Lambert, Adam Lord and Gemma Sherlock will be blogging, tweeting and reporting from 9.30am.

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We’ll also be running a live blog via our websites www.lancasterguardian.co.uk and www.thevisitor.co.uk.

The results for Morecambe and Lunesdale are: Morris, David (Tory) 19,691, Lone, Amina (Lab) 15,101, Ogden, Steven (UKIP) 5,358, Severn, Matthew (Lib Dem) 1,612, Chandler, Philip (Green) 1,395, Dawson, Michael (Northern) 85.

The results for Lancaster and Fleetwood are: Smith, Cat (Lab) 17,643, Ollerenshaw, Eric (Tory) 16,378, Aktins, Matthew (UKIP) 4,060, Coates, Chris (Green) 2,093. Long, Robin (Lib Dem) 1,390, Elletson, Harold (Northern) 174.