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Live: Advertiser General Election 2024 updates from Newark and Sherwood Forest





Follow the Advertiser’s live updates from the Newark and Sherwood Forest constituency counts below:

4.56am: Sherwood Forest — Labour gains Sherwood Forest

Labour’s Michelle Welsh has triumphed in the polls to be elected as MP for Sherwood Forest.

She won with 18,841 votes.

4am: Newark — Robert Jenrick wins Newark and is re-elected as MP

The Conservative Robert Jenrick has been re-elected to the Newark constituency.

The returning officer John Robinson announced the results with Mr Jenrick receiving 20,968 votes.

Labour’s Saj Ahmad was the runner-up with 17, 396 votes.

Robert Jenrick re-elected as Newark MP.
Robert Jenrick re-elected as Newark MP.

3.40am: Sherwood Forest — Count nearing end

One team has completed counting votes for Sherwood Forest. Results are expected in around half an hour.

3.15am: Newark — Reform ‘has doubled in size’ says candidate

Robert Palmer, said: “Newark is on a knife edge, we’ve done this.

“We’re taking votes away from the main parties and made what was once a safe Conservative area a marginal seat.

“People want change. A lot of them are unhappy and they’ve turned to us.

“The big surprise was how much of the Labour vote we’ve taken. Reform has doubled in size over this election period.

“Balderton, Fernwood and Farndon are our main targets, we know where our votes are.”

Robert Palmer, Reform, at the Newark count.
Robert Palmer, Reform, at the Newark count.

3am: Newark — Newark count two thirds complete

The returning officer made the announcement that roughly 35,000 votes have now been counted out of the over 53,000 ballots cast in the constituency.

2.50am: Newark — Robert Jenrick has arrived

The Conservative candidate Robert Jenrick has arrived at the Newark Count and can be seen pacing around the sports hall. All nine candidates are now present as the ballot count appears to near completion.

2.40am: Rushcliffe — Results in, with major Labour win.

Labour has stormed to a shock victory in Rushcliffe, releasing a 54-year stranglehold on the seat by the Conservatives.

James Naish will become the first non-Tory MP in the constituency since 1970 after achieving 25,291 votes, 7,426 more than the incumbent Ruth Edwards.

Read more here.

2.20am: Sherwood Forest — Conservative Mark Spencer arrives

Conservative candidate Mark Spencer, who has held the seat since 2010, has arrived at the Sherwood Forest count.

Conservative candidate Mark Spencer.
Conservative candidate Mark Spencer.

He said: “It’s a tough night for us as a party. [The Sherwood Forest seat] may well be swept up in that tidal wave.

“[My campaign] has been enjoyable to be honest, people have been pleasant on the doorsteps. People have been kind — but that’s just the people of Sherwood, they’re kind.”

2am — Newark: Vote count looking close

As volunteers continue to count ballots, the baskets for Robert Jenrick and Saj Ahmad are looking extremely close. This could come down to the wire.

Newark vote count looking close.
Newark vote count looking close.

1.50am: Sherwood Forest — Labour’s Michelle Welsh arrives

Labour candidate Michelle Welsh, who the exit polls predict to gain the seat, has arrived at the Sherwood Forest count.

1.40am: Newark — More candidates arrive at Newark count

The Independent candidate Adrian Amer and the English Democrat Matthew Darrington have both arrived at the Newark count. This means the Conservative Robert Jenrick is the only candidate not yet present.

1.30am: Newark — Labour’s Saj Ahmad ‘feeling good’ as count takes place

Ms Ahmad said: “I’m feeling good about it, i’m not too worried.

“We’ve had a really amazing campaign and to overcome a 22,000 majority was always going to be hard.

“It’s looking close and whatever happens we’ll be proud.”

Labour's Saj Ahmad at the Newark.
Labour's Saj Ahmad at the Newark.

1.24am: Sherwood Forest — Verification complete and turnout announced

Verification of votes has been completed for the Sherwood Forest constituency, acting returning officer Sue Bearman announced.

The total number of ballot papers received was 48,822 — a turnout of 61.88%.

The total number of ballot papers received by post was 12,574 which represents a turnout of 81.97%. The total number of ballot papers received at polling stations was 36,248 which represents a turnout of 57.03%.

The count is due to start at 1.30am.

1.10am: Newark — Proper vote count begins following verification

The returning officer confirmed the proper vote count will now begin.

Votes for each candidate will be placed into a corresponding basket and placed into bundles of 25.

Any ballot discrepancies will be raised and checked by the returning officer.

Baskets laid out for each candidate. Proper vote count begins in Newark following verification process.
Baskets laid out for each candidate. Proper vote count begins in Newark following verification process.

12.45am: Newark — Newark voter turnout figures announced

The returning officer, John Robinson announced the number of ballots which have been verified for Newark and the turnout percentage.

Postal votes received: 14,377 with a 84.06% turnout.

Polling Station votes: 39,280 with a 62.67% turnout.

Total votes received: 53.657 with a 67.25% turnout.

The returning officer, John Robinson announced the number of ballots which have been verified for Newark and the turnout percentage.
The returning officer, John Robinson announced the number of ballots which have been verified for Newark and the turnout percentage.

12.43am: Newark — Ballot verification completed

12.20am: Newark — Independent Lyn Galbraith ‘tired, but excited’.

The Independent candidate Lyn Galbraith has reflected on her campaign which she has run entirely by herself.

She said: “I’ve had no help, it’s just been me doing everything. I’ve worked a full time job and balanced other commitments.

“So it has been tiring , but also quite exciting.

“It’s amazing that someone like me can decide to run and our democracy allows that. It is brilliant.”

The Independent candidate Lyn Galbraith at the Newark count.
The Independent candidate Lyn Galbraith at the Newark count.

12.20am: Sherwood Forest — Liberal Democrat David Dobbie reflects on campaign.

Sherwood Forest’s Liberal Democrat candidate has admitted the seat was “always going to be a Labour/Tory toss up” and “may revert back [to Labour] as it is one of those seats which tends to swing with the national swing”.

Sherwood Forest's Liberal Democrat candidate David Dobbie.
Sherwood Forest's Liberal Democrat candidate David Dobbie.

He added: “It is difficult to get your voice heard as the third party — they say ‘vote for them to avoid the other’ — but what I try to do is represent what I think is a Liberal Britain.

“I had a really great agent and think we’ve really enjoyed the campaign. We’ve got out and talked to members of the public and supporters across the constituency, tried to reinvigorate them.”

A key part of this, he explained, was the proposed Major Oak rail extension which would seek to improve rail connections and tourism opportunities in Sherwood Forest.

12.05am: Newark — Election candidates arrive

The Liberal Democrat David Watts and the Workers Party of Britain candidate Collan Siddique have both arrived at the Newark count.

12am: Sherwood Forest — Reform UK’s Helen O’Hare “really pleased” with support.

As the count ticks over into the morning of July 5, Sherwood Forest’s Reform UK candidate has spoken of the “really good support” the party has received.

Reform UK's Helen O'Hare at the Sherwood Forest count.
Reform UK's Helen O'Hare at the Sherwood Forest count.

Helen O’Hare said: “It’s really exiting, obviously its too early to tell but we’ve had some really good support from right across Sherwood Forest.

“We’re really pleased at this point.”

She also thanked the volunteers and supporters who had “really stepped up on short notice” to support the relatively new party in the run up to election day.

11.25pm: Sherwood Forest — Independent Jeremy Spry “excited” ahead of predicted Labour and Conservative race.

At the Sherwood Forest count Independent candidate Jeremy Spry said: “I’m excited. From what I’ve heard it might be close between Conservatives and Labour — closer than people think.

Independent candidate Jeremy Spry at the Sherwood Forest count.
Independent candidate Jeremy Spry at the Sherwood Forest count.

“It will be interesting that’s for sure.”

However, he feels his campaign hasn’t had the air time it deserves in the run-up to the election in major media, compared to the large parties, as he doesn’t have a “huge machine” behind him.

“I think I am a better chance and prospect than Rishi Sunak or Keir Starmer. My campaign is about changing the system and improving it,” he added.

He felt his idea for male and female MPs for each constituency was “100 years overdue”.

11.05pm: Sherwood Forest — Independent candidate Lee Waters ready for “exciting night at the count”.

Independent candidate Lee Waters has a “good feeling” about the night, and is keen to work with whoever is elected to ensure the protection of the constituency’s green belt.

He said: “It’s an exciting night at the count, I’ve had a chat with some of the other candidates and I’ve got a good feeling.

Independent candidate Lee Waters at the Sherwood Forest count.
Independent candidate Lee Waters at the Sherwood Forest count.

“My main ethos, is as a county councillor, is that I want whoever wins tonight to work with me — and I will hold their feet to the fire.”

His key priority is protecting the green belt land in the area from development, and speaking of the exit poll’s prediction of a Labour gain in Sherwood Forest, said he would fight their plan for houses in green belt land.

“Certainly I think my campaign has forced some big politicians to make promises they wouldn’t have made otherwise,” Mr Waters added.

10.45pm: Newark — Election candidates start to arrive

A few election candidate have already arrived ahead of a long night of waiting. Labour’s Saj Ahmad, the Green Party candidate Michael Ackroyd, the Independent Lyn Galbraith and Reform’s Robert Palmer are watching the votes being counted.

Ballots being counted at the Newark election count at the Newark Sports and Fitness Centre for the Newark count.
Ballots being counted at the Newark election count at the Newark Sports and Fitness Centre for the Newark count.

10.22pm: Newark — Ballot boxes arriving.

The first ballot boxes have arrived at the Newark Sports and Fitness Centre for the Newark count.

General Election ballot boxes arriving at the Newark Sports and Fitness Centre for the Newark count.
General Election ballot boxes arriving at the Newark Sports and Fitness Centre for the Newark count.

10.17pm: Sherwood Forest — Ballot boxes arriving.

The first ballot boxes have arrived at the Sherwood Forest count.

Verification of the votes underway at the Sherwood Forest count.
Verification of the votes underway at the Sherwood Forest count.

10.15pm: Exit poll predictions released.

The exit poll has been released, predicting a Labour landslide win with an expected 410 seats for Sir Keir Starmer’s party.

A 99% chance of a Labour gain is predicted for Sherwood Forest.

Newark remains torn, with an 83% likelihood of a Conservative hold, and 17% chance of a Labour gain.

10.10pm: Sherwood Forest — Verification of the votes to begin.

Ballot boxes are due to start arriving at the Sherwood Forest count, with verification of the votes set to begin imminently.

The Sherwood Forest count.
The Sherwood Forest count.

10pm: Polling stations closed

Polling stations have now closed, having been open since 7am this morning (July 4) for the public to cast their votes.

9pm: One hour left to vote before polls close.

Voters have one hour left to vote in the 2024 General Election before polls close at 10pm tonight.

9pm, July 4: One hour left to vote in the General Election before polling stations close.
9pm, July 4: One hour left to vote in the General Election before polling stations close.

The Advertiser will provide live updates from the Newark and Sherwood Forest constituency counts throughout the night, from reporters Fionn Burrows (Newark) and Eloise Gilmore (Sherwood Forest).

Results are expected to be announced between 3am and 5am tomorrow (July 5) — find out more about how election night will unfold here.

A full list of candidates for both areas can be seen here.

The Newark seat is currently held by Conservative Robert Jenrick, who has been MP for the constituency since 2014.

The Sherwood Forest seat — previously Sherwood — is held by Conservative Mark Spencer, who has been MP for the constituency since 2010.



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