Devon sends clear General Election message with Tory bloodbath

Tory leader Rishi Sunak at Northallerton Leisure Centre in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, after holding his seat in the Richmond and Northallerton constituency
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It has been a bloodbath night for the Tories in Devon as they are booted out of five seats across the county. They have managed to hold onto to just four constituencies.

Instead, the county has become a sea of yellow as the Lib Dems see huge victories, particularly in Devon's rural and coastal communities. They swiped seats from the Conservatives in Devon South, Torbay, Newton Abbot and North Devon and won in two of the new constituencies in Honiton and Sidmouth and Tiverton and Minehead.

Meanwhile, Devon's cities have followed national trends and chosen Labour candidates to become their MPs. Steve Race has won for Exeter as Sir Ben Bradshaw finally takes his retirement after 27 years. Labour also held onto its majority in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, where voters gave Luke Pollard a massive majority.

Among the most eagerly awaited results of the night was in Plymouth Moor View, where Johnny Mercer had held the seat for the Conservatives since 2015, becoming Veterans Minister in 2022. But he was unable to cling on and was ousted by voters, who instead chose Labour candidate Fred Thomas to be their MP.

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It hasn't been all losses for the Tories, who have won four seats in Devon. Rebecca Smith will take over from Sir Gary Streeter as a Conservative MP in South West Devon, winning with a majority of just over 2,000 votes. In Central Devon, Mel Stride has managed to cling on to his seat for the Conservatives, with a majority of just 61.

It was also a close call in new constituency Exmouth and Exeter East, where Tory David Reed won with a majority of 121 votes. Torridge and Tavistock, which has had a slight boundary change, remains blue as the region re-elects Sir Geoffrey Cox.

With just a handful of seats to left to be announced in the UK, Labour has won a landslide victory, with Keir Starmer set to become the new Prime Minister. Outgoing Rishi Sunak has described it as a "sobering verdict", adding "there is much to learn".

Follow our live blog to get the full results for Devon here.