After 15 hours of intense voting yesterday, it has been revealed that the conservatives, unexpectedly, have won a majority. However, locally, the results are different.

Receiving 51% of votes, Ed Davey has remained the member of Parliament for Kingston and Surbiton. 17% behind the liberal democrats is the conservative candidate Aphra Brandreth who won 34% of the vote. Labour received only 11% of the vote and the smaller parties and independent candidate in the constituency each received less than 2% of the vote. Roger Glencross came last with only 0.2% being beaten by Chinners Chinnery from the Monster Raving Loony Party by 0.1%. The Liberal Democrats’ support has increased by 6.4% and the conservatives have lost 4.2% of their support.

Overall in London, there are mixed results. The edges of London, in general, have elected conservative representatives whereas the rest of London, excluding central areas, have voted for labour. The only exception to this pattern is Kingston and Surbiton, Richmond Park and Twickenham who have all voted Liberal Democrat.

However, the bigger picture is a lot different to London. Almost the whole of England has voted conservative creating an unexpected majority; the biggest since 1987. Across the country, there are several Labour constituencies but not many as they have lost roughly 60 seats in this election. Outside of England, Wales remains mainly Labour, with strong support in the south, and in the west, Plaid Cymru has retained their four seats. In contrast to this, Scotland has remained mostly SNP with more constituencies voting for them in this election than in the previous one. Northern Ireland remains divided politically in the north and south with the DUP taking many northern votes and Mid Ulster taking most southern votes.

Since the last election in 2017, there has been an increase in right-wing votes, perhaps because of Brexit. It remains unclear currently what the conservatives will do with their majority but their manifesto states that we will live the EU in January, have a points-based immigration system and employ 50 000 more nurses. Although manifestos are not always carried out fully following an election, one thing is certain: Brexit will continue to be debated.

By Isabella Topley, Tolworth Girls School.