General election results review

We look at results from constituencies with a special interest in fracking or oil and gas exploration. We also review what happened to MPs who voted in parliament for a fracking moratorium earlier this year.

Arundel and South Downs The Conservative, Nick Herbert, held this safe seat with an increased share of the vote and a majority of 26,177. He opposed plans by Celtique Energie to explore for oil at Wisborough Green and Fernhurst. The Green candidate, Isabel Thurston, kept her deposit and took 3,606 votes, only 456 behind the Lib Dems.

Beverley and Holderness The Conservatives held the seat, which includes Rathlin Energy’s wells at West Newton and Crawberry Hill. The incumbent, Graham Stuart, had a 1% increased share of the vote and a majority of more than 12,000 over the Labour candidate. The Green Party candidate, Richard Howarth, who has campaigned against fracking, took 1,802 vote and increased the Greens’ share to 3.4% but lost his deposit.

Brighton Pavilion the Green candidate, Caroline Lucas, an active anti-fracking campaigner, increased her share of the vote by 10.5% to 41.8% and a majority of 7,967.

Bristol West The Green candidate, Darren Hall, failed against predictions to take the seat from Labour. He polled 17,227 (26.8% share) but still more than 5,000 behind Labour. The Greens described their increase in the vote of 23% as the biggest swing in the constituency’s history.

City of Chester The Labour candidate,Chris Matheson, took the seat from the Conservatives with a majority of just 93 votes. Mr Matheson, the only candidate in the constituency to sign the Greenpeace/Friends of the Earth frack-free pledge, increased Labour’s share of the vote by 8.2%.and overturned a Conservative majority of 2,583 gained by Stephen Mosley in 2010. Last year, there were protests at drilling sites at Upton, Farndon, and Ellesmere Port and outside the headquarters of Cheshire West and Chester, Control of the council also changed from Conservative to Labour.

Chichester Andrew Tyrie, who formally objected to Celtique Energie’s plans for drilling at Fernhurst, held his seat for the Conservatives with a 24,413 majority and an increased share of the vote. The Green Party’s Jasper Richmond, polled 3,742, held his deposit and increased the party’s share by 6.5%.

Don Valley Labour’s Caroline Flint increased her share of the vote by 8.2% to retain the seat. The Conservative candidate saw his share fall by 4.4% but UKIP was a 19.1% increase. Lorries to IGas’s proposed fracking site at Misson in north Nottinghamshire were expected to come through the constituency if the plans were approved.

East Surrey The constituency includes the Horse Hill exploratory drilling site, which one of the investors, UK Oil and Gas, said contains enormous quantities of oil. The Conservatives held the seat with a majority of 22, 658. The Greens increased their share of the vote by 3.8% but still lost their deposit.

Ellesmere Port and Neston The constituency includes an IGas exploratory drilling site. The pro-fracking MP, Andrew Miller, left parliament at the election. His replacement, Justin Madders, held the seat with a 6,275 majority and a 3.1% increase in the share of the vote labour hold, profrackng mp left parliament

Fylde Mike Hill, campaigning for greater regulation of fracking, came third with more than 5,000 votes and a share of 11.9%. He pushed Lib Dems into fifth place in the constituency where Cuadrilla wants to frack for gas at Preston New Road and Roseacre. The seat was a Conservative hold but the incumbent, Mark Menzies, who voted in January for a moratorium on fracking, saw his share of the vote fall by 3.1% of the vote to 49.1%

Horsham The Conservatives increased their share of the vote in Horsham, which includes the West Sussex village of Balcombe where Cuadrilla has an exploratory drilling site. The Conservatives were up 4.6% to 57.3%. The Greens polled over 2,198 (3.9% share) but lost their deposit.

Lancaster and Fleetwood The Conservative fracking sceptic, Eric Ollerenshaw, lost his seat to Labour. He increased his share of the vote by 3.2% but failed to hold on to his slim majority at the last election. Labour had a majority of 1,265. Mr Ollerenshaw voted against the government during debates on the Infrastructure Act and voted for a moratorium in January.

Lewes The Lib Dem opponent of fracking, Norman Baker, who sponsored a Commons debate on fracking earlier this year, lost his seat to the Conservatives. The Green and Labour candidates saw their party share increase 4.1% and 4.9%.

Mid-Sussex the pro-fracking incumbent, Nicholas Soames, increased his share of the vote (up 5.4% to 56.1%). During the campaign, he said fracking was “silly in Sussex” but should be tried in Lancashire where “it would not trouble people”. The Independent, Beki Adam, standing on an anti-fracking ticket, took 958 votes, or 1.7% of the vote and lost her deposit.

Mole Valley The constituency includes Europa’s proposed oil exploration well at Bury Hill Wood, near Dorking, which was the subject of a second public inquiry in the fortnight before the election. The incumbent, Paul Beresford, held the seat with a 60.6% share of the vote and a 25,453 majority. The Green Party candidate, Jacquetta Fewster, increased the share of the vote by 3.8% and held her deposit.

Salford Bez, the anti-fracking campaigner and founder of the Reality Party, lost his deposit. He polled 703 votes or 1.6% of the vote. Labour, which held the site, increased its share of the vote by 9.3% to 49.4%. The constituency includes the IGas exploration site at Barton Moss.

Shropshire North Owen Paterson, the pro-fracking Conservative held his seat with a 16,494 majority and no change in the share of the vote. The constituency includes Dudleston, where Dart Energy is appealing against a non-determination of its application for coalbed methane exploration. A local community group has secured a public inquiry but Dart wants the application decided by exchange of documents

Tatton George Osbourne’s constituency, the anti-fracking candidate, Tina Rothery, finished last but took 1,714 votes with a share of 3.8%, losing her deposit. George Osborne increased his share by 4% to 58.6%.

Thanet South Ian Driver, the Green Party candidate who spoke against fracking at a debate at Canterbury Christ Church University last year, lost his deposit after taking 1,076 votes. The seat went to the Conservative Craig Mackinlay, who saw his share of the vote fall by 9.9% but still beat the UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, into second place by more than 2,500 votes.

Thirsk and Malton The Conservatives held the seat, which includes Ryedale where Third Energy has announced plans to frack. The former MP, Anne McIntosh, was deselected before the election. Her replacement, Kevin Holinrake, took 52.6% of the vote, slightly down on 2010. UKIP and the Greens increased their shares but the Lib Dem share fell by 14.3%.

Wells The fracking opponent, Lib Dem Tessa Munt, lost her seat at Wells to the Conservatives. She voted for a fracking moratorium and resigned her junior government post over the issue. The Conservative, James Heappey, had a 46.1% share of the vote.

Wirral West There are plans for underground coal gasification in this constituency, bordering the Dee Estuary. The incumbent Conservative MP and employment minister, Esther McVey, narrowly lost her the seat to Labour’s Margaret Greenwood. Miss Greenwood increased Labour’s share of the vote by 8.9% and secured a majority of 417.

Please let us know if we’ve missed news from an important constituency

Results for MPs who voted in January for a fracking moratorium and stood in the 2015 election

Held seat with increased share of the vote

Ronnie Campbell, Lab, Blythe Valley

Rosie Cooper, Lab, West Lancashire

Jeremy Corbyn, Lab, Islington North

Tracey Crouch, Con, Chatham and Aylesford

Mark Durkan, SDLP, Foyle

Jonathan Edwards, Plaid Cymru, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr

Roger Godsiff, Lab, Birmingham, Hall Green

Zac Goldsmith, Con, Richmond Park

Stewart Hosie, SNP, Dundee East

Helen Jones, Lab, Warrington North

David Lammy, Lab, Tottenham

Caroline Lucas, Green, Brighton Pavilion

Jason McCartney, Con, Colne Valley

John McDonnell, Lab, Hayes and Harlington

Ian Mearns, Lab, Gateshead

Graham Morris, Lab, Easington

Angus Brendan MacNeil, SNP, Na h-Eileanan an Iar

Andrew Percy, Con, Brigg and Goole

Angus Robertson, SNP, Moray

Dennis Skinner, Lab, Bolsover

Mike Weir, SNP, Angus

Eilidh Whiteford, SNP, Banff and Buchan

Alan Whitehead, Lab, Southampton Test

Held seat, no change in share of the vote

Paul Flynn, Lab, Newport West

Held seat with reduced share of the vote

Tim Farron, Lib Dem, Westmorland and Lonsdale

Elfyn Llwyd, Plaid Cymru, Dwyfor Meirionnydd

John Mann, Lab, Bassetlaw

Martk Menzies, Con, Fylde

Greg Mulholland, Lib Dem, Leeds North West

Margaret Ritchie, SDLP, South Down

Mark Williams, Lib Dem, Ceredigion

Lost seat

Norman Baker, Lib Dem, Lewes, lost to Conservatives

Katy Clark, Lab, North Ayrshire and Arran, lost to SNP

Ian Davidson, Lab Coop, Glasgow South West, lost to SNP

George Galloway, Respect, Bradford West, lost to Labour

Duncan Hames, Lib Dem, Chippenham, lost to Conservatives

Martin Horwood, Lib Dem, Cheltenham, lost to Conservatives

Mark Hunter, Lib Dem, Cheadle, lost to Conservatives

Julian Huppert, Lib Dem, Cambridge, lost to Labour

Mark Lazarowicz, Lab Coop, Edinburgh North and Leith, lost to SNP

John Leech, Lib Dem, Manchester Withington, lost to Labour

Stephen Lloyd, Lib Dem, Eastbourne, lost to Conservatives

Naomi Long, Alliance, Belfast East, lost to DUP

Tessa Munt, Lib Dem, Wells to Conservatives

Eric Ollerenshaw, Con, Lancaster and Fleetwood to Labour

Mike Thornton, Lib Dem, Eastleigh, lost to Conservatives

Roger Williams, Lib Dem, Brecon and Radnorshire, lost to Conservatives


10/5/15 to correct position of the Lib Dems in Fylde

11/5/15 to add the result from City of Chester

12/5/15 to add the result for Wirral West

23/5/15 to correct Green Party share of the vote – the candidate did not lose his deposit as stated.

25/5/15 to add the result from Don Valley

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  1. Please look at Wirral West constituency, bordering the Dee estuary where there are plans afoot for Underground Coal Gasificatication..
    Esther McVey CON lost her seat to Margaret Greenwood LAB.
    Only 417 majority.

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