How they fared: round-up of how MPs key to housing performed in the general election

Inside Housing looks at the MPs who are important to the housing sector and assesses the biggest winners and losers from yesterday’s vote

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How did the MPs key to housing fare in last night’s general election? Here is @insidehousing’s round-up of their performances #ukhousing

Who held their seat? Who lost their seat? Who gained votes? Who lost votes? You can find out here in @insidehousing’s round-up of the performance of those MPs key to housing #ukhousing

It was a night of surprises as the Conservative Party won the general election with a landslide victory.

The party, led by Boris Johnson, secured a majority by winning 364 seats and gaining a total of 47 new seats when compared to the 2017 election.

It was a miserable night for Labour as the party lost 59 seats and secured only 203 seats – its worst performance since 1935.


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Elsewhere, the Scottish National Party made major gains in Scotland, while the Liberal Democrats will be disappointed with its performance after winning only 11 seats.

But how did the MPs key to the housing sector and housing policy fare last night? Here, Inside Housing rounds up the results and sees whether these politicians gained or lost votes.

Conservative MPs

Conservative MPs

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Robert Jenrick

Secretary of state for housing, communities and local government

Constituency: Newark

Majority: 21,816

Vote share change: +0.6%

The current housing secretary won a healthy majority in Newark, a seat that the Tories have held since 2001 and that Mr Jenrick has held since a by-election in 2014. The constituency in the Midlands is strongly in favour of Brexit, with 60% of Newark and Sherwood voting leave in 2016.

Esther McVey

Minister of state for housing

Constituency: Tatton

Majority: 17,387

Vote share change: -0.8%

Ms McVey also maintains her large majority in Tatton, Cheshire. She has held the Conservative safe seat since 2017, when she took over from former chancellor George Osbourne, who resigned after the Brexit referendum.

Sajid Javid


Constituency: Bromsgrove

Majority: 23,106

Vote share change: +1.4%

It is no surprise that the chancellor secured this safe Conservative seat, where he has been an MP since 2010. Mr Javid will be key to housing policy in the coming months and years, with Boris Johnson having assured the Bromsgrove MP that he will continue as chancellor in the new government.

Jake Berry

Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and local growth

Constituency: Rossendale and Darwen

Majority: 9,522

Vote share change: +5.6%

Mr Berry was re-elected to his seat in Lancashire with an increased majority. He has held the seat since 2005, when he defeated Labour’s Janet Anderson.

Luke Hall

Minister for local government and homelessness

Constituency: Thornbury and Yate

Majority: 12,369

Vote share change: +2.6%

Mr Hall also kept his seat in South Gloucestershire with a large majority. He first won the seat in 2015 from Steve Webb of the Liberal Democrats.

Dominic Raab

Foreign secretary

Constituency: Esher and Walton

Majority: 2,743

Vote share change: -9.3%

As the votes came in last night, there were initially rumours that Esher and Walton was a 50:50 seat and that Mr Raab could be heading for an embarrassing loss. However, despite seeing his vote share drop by nearly 10%, losing many votes to the Liberal Democrats, the former housing minister clung on to his Surrey seat.

Labour MPs

Labour MPs

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John Healey

Shadow housing secretary

Constituency: Wentworth and Dearne

Majority: 2,165

Vote share change: -24.7%

In a result that seems to reflect the wider story of this election, shadow housing secretary Mr Healey has clung on to his South Yorkshire seat – albeit with a drastically reduced majority.

Sarah Jones

Shadow housing minister

Constituency: Croydon Central

Majority: 5,949

Vote share change: -2.1%

Although her share of the overall vote slightly reduced, Ms Jones actually increased her majority by 297 votes as Conservative support also waned. Remember that Ms Jones snatched this south London seat away from former housing minister Gavin Barwell back in 2017.

Alex Cunningham

Shadow housing minister

Constituency: Stockton North

Majority: 1,027

Vote share change: -13.8%

The result for Alex Cunningham, who joined Labour’s housing team in April, largely mirrored Mr Healey’s. Shortly after his result was announced, Mr Cunningham called for Jeremy Corbyn to resign.

Clive Betts

Chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee

Constituency: Sheffield South East

Majority: 4,289

Vote share change: -12.4%

It was another similar story for Clive Betts, the long-running chair of the influential cross-party committee that scrutinises housing policy.

James Murray

London’s deputy mayor for housing

Constituency: Ealing North

Majority: 12,269

Vote share change: -9.5%

In a result that will interest the London housing sector, deputy mayor James Murray will move into mainstream politics, having won this west London seat by a somewhat shrunken margin. That, of course, means London mayor Sadiq Khan will need to pick a new person to hold the housing brief at City Hall.

Emma Dent-Coad

Former Labour MP for Kensington

Constituency: Kensington

Majority: Lost by 150 votes to Conservatives

Vote share change: -4.3%

After a surprise win in the 2017 election, which saw Ms Dent-Coad win the central London seat by just 20 votes, Kensington and Chelsea was a hotly contested seat. The borough is the one in which the Grenfell Tower fire took place just weeks after that election, and the response following the fire was a key issue on doorsteps. In the end it was clear that the vote was split, with former Conservative minister Sam Gymiah taking 9,312 votes. Felicity Buchan, the Conservative candidate, won 16.768 votes, compared to Ms Dent-Coad’s 16,618.

Other MPs

Other MPs

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Jo Swinson

Former leader of the Liberal Democrats

Constituency: East Dunbartonshire

Majority: Lost by 149 votes to Scottish National Party

Vote share change: -3.8%

It was a difficult night for Ms Swinson. After declaring just a matter of weeks ago that she could be the next prime minister, she ended the election losing her place in Westminster. The Lib Dems won only 11 seats nationally despite polling well early on in the election. In her own seat she was a victim of the march of the Scottish National Party, marginally losing her seat to Amy Callaghan. She has now stepped down from leading the party.

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