This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

Read the latest issue online

CAMHS won't see you now

High-profile GPs lose seats in Conservative landslide

Three high profile GPs have lost their seats in the General Election including Sarah Wollaston who defected from the Conservatives to Liberal Democrats earlier this year.

In total, 22 GPs stood for election across the UK but only five were elected, all of whom were Conservative.

Labour candidate Dr Paul Williams lost his marginal seat in Stockton South losing 7.4% of the vote share to Conservative Matt Vickers.

Prior to polling, Liberal Democrat candidate Brendan Devlin had urged Teessiders to ‘vote tactically’ appearing to endorse his opponent Paul Williams, describing him as ’an honest, sincere man’ who was ’committed to social justice’.

Former Conservative Bracknell MP Dr Phillip Lee failed to win the Wokingham seat from veteran Conservative John Redwood. Dr Lee defected to the Liberal Democrats in September leaving the Government without a majority.

But he did make considerable advances, winning an additional 21.7% of the vote share.

It was a tough fight for Dr Wollaston and Dr Lee whose constituencies both had large Conservative majorities.

Former Tory MP Dr Wollaston denounced Prime Minister Boris Johnston as someone ’prepared to lie and avoid scrutiny’ as she lost her Totnes seat in Devon to Conservative Anthony Mangnall.

Dr Wollaston, who defected to Change UK in February before moving across to the Liberal Democrats in August, was previously chair of the House of Commons’ Liaison Committee and Health Select Committee.

She faced a hostile election campaign with her agent, councillor John Birch, claiming one resident said he wanted to ’see Sarah’s head on a pike’.

Yesterday she received 15,027 of the votes, trailing behind the Conservatives on 27,751.

In Wales Dr James Davies won back the marginal Vale of Clwyd seat from Labour’s Chris Ruane, winning an additional 2.3% share of the ballot with 17,270 votes.

He narrowly won the seat in 2015 from Ruane who had held the constituency for 18 years. Ruane won the seat back again in 2017.

Dr Liam Fox comfortably held his majority in Somerset North as did Dr Luke Evans in Bosworth, Leicestershire and Dr Julian Lewis in New Forest East who secured 64.5% of the vote.

Meanwhile Dr Andrew Murrison held his Conservative seat in Wiltshire South West with 33,038 votes.

A minor cabinet reshuffle is expected following the Conservative election victory, which saw the party gain a majority of 76.


Readers' comments (27)

  • Vinci Ho

    Most extraordinary election and result.
    "Your hand may have quivered over the ballot paper as you put your cross in the Conservative box and you may intend to return to Labour the next time round," said the PM.

    Perhaps the most ‘trustworthy’ words of BJ ever...........

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment


    Looks like people do not value public services
    the rot sell off and austerity will continue now
    continue food banks and poverty

    looks like people do not care
    just so long as they get a brexit

    As they say careful what you wish for .. you may just get it ..
    Here comes the nightmare of brexit

    Lets see if Borris upholds the brexit dividend for the NHS.. Dont hold your breath

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment


    Labour wins in Liverpool and Wirral..
    Good on you Jeremy.. you fought for public services

    You exemplified Rudyard Kiplings speech
    (‘Brother Square-Toes’—Rewards and Fairies)

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

    If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • People are fed up with brexit talks and labour wanted another referendum. Libdem wanted to scrape it against majority votes. It was choice between 3 bad option. BJ was best of three worst. I know what tories have done to nhs but
    J C would have ruined economy and could not afford to improve.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • semiretired--totally agree with your comment

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment


    What good is the economy if there are no public services left ..
    Crime rampant and lives being lost
    NHS winter crisis coming lives being lost
    When does the cost become too much ?

    Cutting off your nose to spite your face ?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Vinci Ho

    Truth is
    Whoever and whatever is elected as the government, we(GPs) are always up against it . The battles always go on . I only hope those who do called representing us can become more mature in politics and stop playing into the hands of the hierarchy.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Vinci Ho called ...

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment


    John major is against brexit
    Tony blair is against brexit
    Scotland and Ireland are against brexit
    anyone of inteligence seems to be against brexit
    .. there seems to be ignorant racist vibes with anyone wanting brexit at all costs ..

    BO jOS LYING BUS Figures
    and social media misinformation seems to have brainwashed people
    ok too late now
    We ride this train to hell
    truth will tell

    Hopefully someone will hold Boris to all his pre-election bullshit promises

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Vinci Ho

    ''The pessimist looks down, and hits his head. The optimist looks up, and loses his footing. The realist looks forward, and adjusts his path accordingly."
    The Walking Dead

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

View results 10 results per page20 results per page50 results per page

Have your say