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New MP announced in Lincoln as General Election 2024 results continue





The Labour Party has gained the Lincoln seat — its best performance locally on a strong night for the party nationally.

Hamish Falconer took the win to transfer power in the city back to Labour with 18,470 votes. The result was, however, down from his predecessor Karen Lee’s 20,753 votes in 2019.

Conservative Karl McCartney received 9,677 votes, significantly down from 24,267 in 2019.

Labour's Hamish Falconer was "nervous" ahead of the result. Photo: Daniel Jaines
Labour's Hamish Falconer was "nervous" ahead of the result. Photo: Daniel Jaines

Turnout for the night was 58.53% of a 72,315 electorate - also down from the 2019 election turnout of 67.74%.

Postal vote turnout was 80.98%.

Karl McCartney looking dejected as he walked off stage post-speech. Photo: Daniel Jaines
Karl McCartney looking dejected as he walked off stage post-speech. Photo: Daniel Jaines

It looked like a strong night for Labour early on when the exit polls predicted the party would have 410 seats, with Conservatives forecast to be getting 131, Lib Dems 61 and Reform 13.

Early predictions from Sky, breaking down the poll into a seat-by-seat prediction, had the constituency at a 99% chance of a Labour gain.

Labour representatives including former MP Karen Lee insisted at the time that it was “too early to call”.

The count took place at Bishop Grosseteste University. Photo: Daniel Jaines
The count took place at Bishop Grosseteste University. Photo: Daniel Jaines

But some had stronger words, with City of Lincoln Conservative group leader Tom Dyer saying: “Quite clearly even though nothing has been declared as of yet, it’s a very disappointing night for the party and it is a clear message from the public that the party needs to sort itself out if it’s ever going to govern again.”

Lincoln’s Liberal Democrat candidate Clare Smalley was feeling “quite optimistic” ahead of the result.

She said: “Hopefully, people will have looked at our policies and seen that we have something different to offer.”

Hamish and Labour supporters celebrating their victory. Photo: Daniel Jaines
Hamish and Labour supporters celebrating their victory. Photo: Daniel Jaines
City of Lincoln Council leader Naomi Tweddle watches on. Photo: Daniel Jaines
City of Lincoln Council leader Naomi Tweddle watches on. Photo: Daniel Jaines

Lincoln’s Green Party candidate Sally Horscroft was ‘optimistic for the country, but not necessarily for my party’ following the exit poll.

Lincoln’s Workers Party of Britain candidate Linda Richardson predicted ‘it’s all going to be pretty close.’

She said: “I hope we’ve done enough, but if we haven’t we’ll carry on fighting the good fight.”

Labour supporters celebrating. Photo: Daniel Jaines
Labour supporters celebrating. Photo: Daniel Jaines
Boxes of votes arriving at the count. Photo: Daniel Jaines
Boxes of votes arriving at the count. Photo: Daniel Jaines

The full breakdown was:

- Laura Ashby (Independent): 243

- Hamish Falconer (Labour): 18,470

Boxes of votes arriving at the count. Photo: Daniel Jaines
Boxes of votes arriving at the count. Photo: Daniel Jaines

- Sally Anne Horscroft (Sally Anne Horscroft): 2,751

- Craig Marshall (Social Democratic Party): 80

- Karl McCartney (Conservative): 9,677

Liberal Democrat and other watchers look on. Photo: Daniel Jaines
Liberal Democrat and other watchers look on. Photo: Daniel Jaines

- Jamie-Lee McMillan (Reform): 7,602

- Linda Richardson (Workers Party): 479

- Charles Shaw (The Liberal Party): 278

- Clare Smalley (Lib Dem): 2,580



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