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13 December 2019 18:31

Ballot Isles of Scilly Cornwall

Storm delays St Ives election result after boat is unable to reach the Isles of Scilly to collect votes

Get the biggest Weekend Report stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email St Ives is the only constituency in the country which has not declare its results following yesterday's General Election. Low tides and poor weather conditions meant boats could not transport ballot boxes from the Isles of Scilly, which is included in the St Ives constutuency. Follow our results live election blog here. UPDATE: The results have been announced. The conditions meant ballot boxes from the off islands could not be transported to the main islands and therefore could not be counted.

The ballots have been taken to St Mary's and counted - but we will have to wait until later this afternoon for the result. Andrew Walder, a skipper for Tresco Boats, ferried the final votes from St Martin's and St Agnes on Friday morning after conditions had "much improved". (That's) life on the Isles of Scilly - at the mercy of the weather this time of year. "Generally why elections are held in the summer." This morning the results for the Cornish part of the constituency were counted twice. We expect the results to be announced soon afterwards.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Council said: "Due to adverse weather conditions, it is not possible to transfer the ballot boxes from the off-islands at the Isles of Scilly. "The count for the St Ives constituency has been suspended, and we hope to reopen at Truro College at 2.30pm when we hope to restart the count." It has been a marginal seat at every General Election this decade - and always a two-horse race between the Tories and Lib Dems. Tory candidate Derek Thomas is defending a majority of just 312, the margin by which he beat challenger and former Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George in 2017. A swing of 0.3% would see the UK's most south-westerly constituency change hands to the Liberal Democrats. The Conservatives have held the remaining five seats in Cornwall.

St Ives will likely be the last constituency to declare (Picture: AP) St Ives will likely be the last constituency to declare in the general election after bad weather prevented votes from being collected. The Conservatives have already stormed to victory with a large majority but locals will still be eager to know who their MP will be. The ballots in the Isles of Scilly, which forms part of the St Ives marginal seat, were due to be collected at 1am on Friday but strong winds meant a boat was unable to take them to the largest island, St Mary's. Cornwall Council had the option to use a helicopter to collect the votes from the smaller islands so they could be counted but decided against this method. Instead, the authority will wait until it's safe to use a boat when the weather clears in the afternoon, which could delay the result until later on Friday.

'Victory for Boris': What the papers said about huge Conservative majority Tony Blair's former seat lost to Tories during disastrous night for Labour In pictures: Jo Swinson and Nigel Dodds among big names to lose election seats The result was meant to be announced at 5am but officials estimate the ballots will not be picked up before midday. A Cornwall Council spokesman said: "The count for the St Ives constituency has been suspended, and we hope to reopen at Truro College at 2.30pm when we hope to restart the count. "The St Ives seat is usually one of the last to declare in the UK and was previously told to improve 'timeliness of declarations' by the Electoral Commission. In 2017 the Conservative MP Derek Thomas won the constituency by just 312 votes. This year his challengers include Labour's Alana Bates and Liberal Democrat Andrew George.

The St Ives constituency also includes Penzance, Penwith and Helston.---Watch the latest videos from Yahoo UK--- The Conservative Party have won the general election, securing their largest majority since 1987. 15.00 - The final results are in The last ballot papers have been counted, showing the final general election results as an 80-seat majority for Boris Johnson's Conservatives. St Ives in Cornwall was the final constituency to announce its results after the boat carrying votes from the Isles of Scilly was delayed by adverse weather. The results showed victory for Conservative Derek Thomas, meaning the final number of seats for each party stands at: He concluded by saying "I want everyone to go about their christmas preparations happy and secure in the knowledge that here, in this people's government, the work is now being stepped up to make 2020 a year of prosperity and growth and hope and to deliver a Parliament that works for the people." 12:55 - Jeremy Corbyn 'very sad' at results Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he is "very sad" at the party's worst general election result in more than 80 years. The Labour Party lost a total of 59 seats in the election. Mr Corbyn defended his Islington seat in the polls, but announced he would be standing down as Labour leader after a process of "reflection". "I will discuss with our party to ensure there is a process now of reflection on this result and on the policies that the party will take going forward," he said. 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The Isles of Scilly form part of the St Ives constituency, and the declaration is expected to be made at 2.30pm. So far, results of 649 of the 650 seats been declared, making St Ives the last place in the country to announce its result. 07:50 - Boris Johnson pledges January 31 Brexit Mr Johnson reiterated his pledge to take Britain out of the EU in January The Prime Minister has promised to deliver Brexit by January 31 "no ifs, no buts". He said he would be working "flat out" to ensure Britain's exit from the European Union in the New Year. He told attendees at a Conservative victory rally: "We politicians have squandered the last three years, three and a half years in squabbles - we've even been arguing about arguing, and arguing about the tone of our arguments. Mr Gove was speaking at a victory rally in Westminster Against a backdrop reading 'The people's government', Michael Gove got in a dig at Jeremy Corbyn and his party's handling of alleged antisemitism. He told the Conservative victory rally in Westminster: "I also want to say something to a very special group of British people, our Jewish friends and neighbours. 07:00 - Conservatives secure biggest majority since 1987 Mr Johnson defended his own seat The party have secured over 326 seats so far, meaning they have a majority in the House of Commons. In his victory speech after retaining his own seat, Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Boris Johnson claimed they had a "powerful new mandate to get Brexit done". Get the biggest daily stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Helicopters and the Royal Navy may have to be scrambled so that the full result of the General Election can be revealed. Voters in Cornwall are the last to find out who will be their MP - and the results may not be revealed until later this afternoon. The count for St Ives, which covers Penzance, Helston and the Isles of Scilly, has had to be postponed. Officials have been unable to collect ballot boxes from the Scilly Isles due to bad weather conditions. Counting has been taking place, but this morning it was announced that they could no longer continue. The remaining ballots are now due to be collected at 12pm and it is hoped that the counting will continue at Truro College at 2.30pm. The Royal Navy has been asked to step in and helicopters from RNAS Culdrose have been requested to collect the boxes. At 6.15am, she said: "I had a chat with RNAS Culdrose to see if an aircraft could be dispatched to the Isles of Scilly. She later confirmed that it is hoped that flights will take place at around noon but added that this is weather dependent. Ballot boxes for the final General Election constituency to announce its results are on their way to be counted after stormy conditions passed. In the St Ives constituency, adverse weather had meant boats and a Royal Naval Air Service helicopter from the outer islands of the Isles of Scilly were unable to reach the main island of St Mary's. Andrew Walder, a skipper for Tresco Boats, ferried the final votes from St Martin's and St Agnes on Friday morning after conditions had "much improved".