Election night: Feltham & Heston Parliamentary by-election & council election coverage

Thank you and goodnight.

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01:44: So there we have it. Labour hold the seat with a convincing majority and an impressive swing of 8% from the Conservatives.

RESULTS: LAB: 12,639 CON: 6,436 LID DEM: 1,364 UKIP: 1,276

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01:03: Declaration expected within 15 minutes.

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00:52: Sources say that Lib Dem candidate Roger Crouch may well have scraped 3rd after and may well have also saved his deposit. This would be a great relief to all those worrying of a UKIP surge.

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00:43: Conservatives have taken both seats in Coombe Vale by-election. Result: Con 1340, 1308. Lib Dem 908, 778. Lab 526, 502. Green 122, 108 UKIP 70 CPA 94, 76. Con HOLD. via @HelenDuffet on twitter

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00:35: Reports that the turnout in Coombe Vale is at 43%.

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oo:31: Results from Frisby on the Wreake: Ind 212 Con 187 Lab 89 Ind 62 (IND gain from CON).

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00:28: A little late off the mark but the Tories have lost a council seat to an Independent in Frisby on the Wreake.

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00:24: Liberal Democrats now very likely to finish 4th in F&H by most reports.

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00:14: Alok Sharma (Conservative MP) pretty much concedes Conservative defeat on Sky News. Nigel Farage jokingly then concedes defeat to much laughter from those around him.

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00:04: Nigel Farage has arrive at the F&H count ready to give TV interviews. Will he be pursuing a celebratory viewpoint? Maybe he knows something we do not.

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23:52: CORRECTION: Turnout was at 28.8% in F&H.

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23:50: The BBC News Channel has officially started its coverage of the F&H by-election.

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23:46: Sky News’ Jon Craig has claimed that turnout in F&H by-election is at 31%. Also rumours of an increased Labour majority but it is still too early to know of that yet.

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23:42: Expecting an official turnout shortly…

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23:25: Early indications that UKIP vote is very strong in F&H. Worrying for Lib Dems. Also, early indications that turnout in Coombe Vale will be a little more promising than the one seen in F&H.

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23:17: Updated estimate that the F&H result will be declared at around 2AM (although this could easily mean a lot later). Will try to find out information in regards to the Coombe Vale by-election.

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23:07: No surprises in the fact that many Labour activists are whispering rather loudly that they are confident of winning the Feltham & Heston by-election.

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22:58: After some messy calculations, taking into account that postal votes will be making up 30-40% of votes in F&H, my prediction is that turnout will be between 22-30%.

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22:50: The 7,018 postal votes returned suggests a drop of 3,127 from the 2010 election. However, it is being said that these Postal Votes could be making all the difference tonight.

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22:42: BBC 5 Live claim that the result for Feltham & Heston could be in before 1AM. Is this a further indication of low turnout? Or just a mere guess. I have a feeling we may be waiting a little bit longer.

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22:35: Rumours that turnout in Feltham & Heston could be very very low. This would be very worrying as all parties put a lot into the campaign. Will the Lib Dems gain from this as a party traditionally very able to get the vote out? Labour must be grateful for the early postal voters if this is true.

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22:10: Rumours are that Postal Vote turnout is at nearly 62%. This will be good for Labour as many of the votes will have been cast pre-Veto.

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22:00: The polls have closed and now we await the results for the elections that have taken place today. Early indications from various sources are that the Tory vote has held strong but that Labour has done a decent job of getting the Heston voters out.

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I will be updating throughout the night with my coverage of the elections. I’ll be trying my best to get all the info possible to be as informative and on the dot with results as possible!

The results of greatest interest to me, of course, are the ones where the greatest Lib Dem fight has been placed. The first that comes to mind is the hard fought by-election in the Feltham & Heston parliamentary constituency which is being fought due to the death of the late Labour MP Alan Keen. Our candidate Roger Crouch, a solicitor, has fought a strong campaign with the help of Lib Dem MPs, councillors and party members. Although the seat may appear to be a straight tussle between the Labour and Conservative candidates, it is clear that this is important for the Lib Dems to show they can buck the trend of polls and see off a strong UKIP presence in an ever-Eurosceptic Britain. I will also be closely looking at the council election of Coombe Vale which sees the chance for TWO Lib Dem candidates (now known as the “KingstonDouble”) to take two council seats off the Tories.

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