Election Results 2017: Canterbury won by Labour for first time after 99 years
Canterbury has elected a Labour MP for the first time since the constituency was formed in 1918.
Tory MP Sir Julian Brazier, who had represented the Kent area for the last 30 years, lost his seat to Rosie Duffield. The Tories saw five-figure majorities in the 1970s, but the vote fell away in the 80s and early 90s.
Sir Julian, a Brexiteer and former defence minister, was awarded a knighthood in the New Year honours. Canterbury’s turnout was 56,800, and Ms Duffield won 25,572 votes – a 45% share.
The result saw Labour increase their vote share by 20.5% from the last general election in 2015. Two years ago, Sir Julian held the seat with 22,918 votes, a 42.9% share, beating Labour’s Hugh Lanning who had 13,120 votes – a 24.5% share.
Reports of long queues outside polling stations at Kent University suggest strong student support contributed to the 20 per cent increase in share of the vote that secured the constituency for Labour by 187 votes.