Five shockers of GE17

It’s not a General Election without a few surprises. Here are five takeaways.

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Canterbury fairytale come true

Canterbury elects a Labour MP for the first time since 1918. Conservative incumbent of 30 years Julian Brazier lost to Rosie Duffield.

One of the smallest margins of the night as Duffield claimed victory of 187 votes.

SNP loses key candidates

The SNP’s star speaker in Westminster Angus Robertson loses to Conservative candidate Douglas Ross.

The former first minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, lost his seat in Gordon to Conservative candidate Colin Clark.

Both these losses make the possibility of a second Scottish referendum highly unlikely.

Manifesto man is out

Conservative candidate and author of the Tory manifesto loses his constituency of Ipswich.

Ben Gummer lost by less than a 1,000 votes, giving Labour nearly a five per cent swing.

Two recounts later

After two recounts Home Secretary Amber Rudd barely holds onto her constituency Hastings and Rye.

Rudd won by 346 votes after the Green Party and Labour Party formed an alliance in an attempt to move prevent a Tory landslide.


After standing for seven years, Nick Clegg lost to Labour in Sheffield Hallam. In 2010 he became Deputy Prime Minister as part of the Coalition Government.

Clegg lost by a 2,125 margin.



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