Rishi Sunak wins new Richmond and Northallerton seat – but concedes defeat nationally

So there we have it at 4.30am on Friday morning. Rishi Sunak retains his seat, albeit with a reduced majority of just over 12,000 – down from 27,000 in 2019.

The former PM used his speech after the result was announced at Northallerton Leisure Centre to concede defeat, saying he had already rung Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer to congratulate him.

The former PM also said he would now return to London tonight, before returning to his constituency.

Despite suggestions Mr Sunak might now stand down as an MP, he said he was looking forward to representing the constituency for the “weeks, months and years ahead”.

The MP said: “On this difficult night, I’d like to express my gratitude to the people of the Richmond and Northallerton constituency for your continued support.

“Since I moved here a decade ago you have made me and my family so at home and I look forward to continuing to serve as your member of parliament. It is an enormous privilege.”

He added: “The Labour Party has won this general election and I have called Si Kier Starmer to congratulate him on his victory.

“Today power will change hands in a peaceful and orderly way with goodwill on all sides. That is something which should give us confidence in our country’s stability.

“The British people have delivered a covering verdict tonight. There is much to learn and reflect on and I take responsibility for the loss.

“To the many good hardworking Conservative candidates who lost tonight despite their tireless efforts, their local records of delivery and their dedication to their communities I am sorry.

“I will now head down to London where I will say more about tonight’s result before I leave the job of Prime Minister for which I have given my all.

“I shall then return here to my family’s home and look forward to spending more time with you all in the weeks, months and years ahead.”

Labour’s Tom Wilson was second with 10,874 votes and Lee Taylor, from Reform, third with 7,142.

Here’s the result in full:

 

 

 

3.34am

No sign of a result yet. Counting continues. Everyone in the building is starting to look very weary. Even YouTuber Niko is starting to lose his enthusiasm for the democratic process. Count Binface is still perky though. No sign of Rishi yet. Presumably he’s somewhere pratising his brave face.

2.39am

One of Niko’s entourage has been booted out of the count after apparently taking video of the YouTuber watching the count from a balcony. Police and security involved. Drama.

2am

Just spotted the local Lib Dems, including candidate Daniel Callaghan, having a pop-up gathering around a Campervan in the car park. Fair play.

1.49am

Richmondshire Today has been working the floor like a coke dealer at an England game and we can tell you that the Conservatives are quietly confident of at least winning in this seat, even if nationally their campaign is Scotland at the Euros-esque catastrophic. Candidates and their agents (and hangers-on) can see the ballot papers as the boxes are emptied to get an idea and the feeling is Rishi will win but with a reduced majority. Feeling is that Reform are doing very well, but not well enough (this time at least)!

1.37am

Verification is just about complete we’ve been told. This means they haven’t even started counting yet…

1.28am

YouTuber candidate is trying to live stream from the count floor, which is a no no apparently. Two security guards are following him around in case he tries any stunts.

1.10am

A lot of excitement in the hall as the Monster Raving Loony Party candidate arrives closely followed by Count Binface.

 

12.27am

Security is tight at Northallerton Leisure Centre so much so that the security guards have refused entry to Richmondshire Today’s flask of coffee. Inside the hall though things are a little more relaxed with the quiet hum of counting.


The votes have been cast and now it’s the job of the counters to check the ballot papers and tell us who won.

While most of the country will be interested in who is in charge of the country from Friday, we will be providing the best coverage of what’s happening in the Richmond & Northallerton constituency.

Election night at Northallerton Leisure Centre used to be a dull affair with everyone aware of who was going to win before the voting began. In 2019, for example, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had a majority of more than 27,000.

But it’s been reported in recent days that Rishi is worried he might not just lose the election, but also get ousted from his own safe Tory seat. It couldn’t happen, could it?

Among those who might have been busy writing their victory speeches today are Labour’s Tom Wilson, while Lib Dem candidate Daniel Callaghan was also hopeful of improving on his party’s third-place five years ago.

And then there’s the outsiders. You don’t have to drive far in the area to see a Reform poster in recent weeks, with their candidate Lee Taylor seemingly having a lot of support when you consider he’s had a standing start.

Green candidate Kevin Foster will also have good backing, especially from those in his home town of Colburn.

And there several wildcard candidates who will be hoping to get back their deposit at the very least. Count Binface will have his supporters, while YouTuber Niko Omilana, with his huge support online, has been in the constituency numerous times in recent weeks with a posse of fans in his wake. If only they were old enough to vote!

We hope you can join us as we report live from the count in Northallerton. With a result not expected until 4am, you will be forgiven if you just catch up in the morning!

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