Lincoln’s new Labour MP Hamish Falconer ‘so proud’ as he takes seat from Conservatives

Labour’s Hamish Falconer has been elected as Lincoln’s new MP with a majority of 23.8%, despite low voter turnout. The constituency was previously represented by Conservative Karl McCartney, who was the seat’s MP for two separate consecutive terms, between 2010-2017 and 2019-2024, respectively.

Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, Falconer said: “I’m feeling so proud and so glad and so ready I hope.

“My message to locals and voters in Lincoln is thank you for the trust that you’ve put in me. Thank you for the time that thousands of you have spent with me on the doorstep. I will do my best not to let you down. I will work hard for you every single day, and I will remain accountable to you, and I’ll keep talking. So please keep telling me what your priorities are.”

Speaking to the audience after his win he said: “Thank you. I spent most of my diplomatic service in places where democracy did not exist or it was a sham. So I feel particularly moved tonight after a proper competition with my colleagues to have been chosen by my neighbours and fellow residents in Lincoln.”

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While Labour’s majority in this election was substantial, voter turnout was at its third lowest since the end of the Second World War, with only 58.53% of the electorate casting votes. The Conservatives came second with 9,677 votes, while Jamie-Lee McMillan of Reform UK narrowly came third at 7,602.

The count took place at Lincoln’s Bishop Grosseteste University wrapping up in the early hours of Friday morning. Following the declaration of results, Karl McCartney told the audience he wanted to focus on his family as he appeared emotional.

He said: “Definitely not the result I was hoping for, obviously. But I put it down to people – that’s democracy, that’s how it works.

“The people have spoken, and the people have said, actually, divided parties do not win elections. We already knew that plenty of my colleagues, perhaps on my side of the political spectrum, and my side of the broad church, and in the Conservative party, we knew that too, and so some of my colleagues who perhaps aren’t on that side of the spectrum need to take a long, hard look at themselves and some of the things that they’ve done in the past three, four years.

“You know, the proof is in the pudding, we’ve ended up where we are today. I wouldn’t say it’s shocking, because I’ve got to say, you know, I’ve been around in politics quite a while. You know, you can read the tea leaves, but it’s still disappointing.”

Karen Lee previously gained the seat at the 2017 general election for Labour, however McCartney won it back in 2019. Lincoln, which is the country’s oldest constituency, is often considered a marginal seat and was predicted to swing to Hamish Falconer in the run-up to the election.

A large number of independent candidates also stood n the constituency, including representatives of George Galloway’s Workers Party of Britain and the Social Democratic Party.

The total number of votes for each candidate was:

Hamish Falconer (Labour) — 18,470
Karl McCartney (Conservative) — 9,677
Jamie-Lee McMillan (Reform UK) — 7,602
Sally Horscroft (Green) — 2,751
Clare Smalley (Liberal Democrat) — 2,580
Linda Richardson (Workers Party of Britain) — 479
Charles Shaw (The Liberal Party) — 278
Laura Victoria Ashby (Independent) — 243
Craig Marshall (Social Democratic Party) — 80

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