Commons By-election: Brecon & Radnorshire

Voters go to the polls in a Commons by-election at Brecon & Radnorshire on Thursday, August 1, after a successful recall petition removed sitting Conservative MP Chris Davies. He had been convicted on charges of expenses fraud and sentenced to a community order and a fine of £1,500.

  • Nominations closed: Friday, July 5, at 1600.
  • Polling: Thursday, August 1, from 0700 to 2200.

The result is expected in the early hours of Friday, August 2, but could be later if there are any recounts.
For details of messages in XML format for digital products, please see the relevant advisories at Message Specifications.

Candidates

1. Brecon & Radnorshire

Chris Davies (C)
Tom Davies (Lab)
Des Parkinson (Brexit)
Jane Dodds (LD)
Liz Phillips (UKIP)
Lady Lily The Pink (Loony)

Eligible electorate: TBA

Nominations messages will be sent with candidates’ names and parties and a summary of the previous election result.

Party abbreviations

C – Conservative
Lab – Labour
Brexit – Brexit Party
LD – Liberal Democrat
UKIP – UK Independence Party
Loony – Monster Raving Loony Party

Additional party that stood in the 2017 general election:
PC – Plaid Cymru

Results – content

As soon as the result is declared, a rush message will be sent giving the winning party.
Example text:

  • Conservative hold in Brecon & Radnorshire
  • [Party] gain from Conservative in Brecon & Radnorshire

This will be followed by the full result message.
This will give details of party hold or gain from another party, followed by candidates in votes order, giving their votes, percentage share, percentage share change since the 2017 general election, plus majority, percentage majority, swing from the 2017 election, turnout, percentage turnout and turnout percentage change since 2017.
The swing will be between the winning party and the losing party if the constituency changes hands and between first and second candidates where there is no change.
A summary of the previous election result and any intervening by-election results will be included.
Content example – 2010 general election result for Hartlepool:

296 HARTLEPOOL
Lab hold
*Iain Wright (Lab) 16,267 (42.54%, -8.97%)
Alan Wright (C) 10,758 (28.13%, +16.68%)
Reg Clark (LD) 6,533 (17.08%, -13.32%)
Stephen Allison (UKIP) 2,682 (7.01%, +3.47%)
Ronnie Bage (BNP) 2,002 (5.24%)
Lab maj 5,509 (14.41%)
12.82% swing Lab to C
Electorate 68,923; Turnout 38,242 (55.49%, +3.96%)
2005: Lab maj 7,478 (21.10%) – Turnout 35,436 (51.52%)
Wright (Lab) 18,251 (51.50%); Dunn (LD) 10,773 (30.40%); Vigar (C)
4,058 (11.45%); Springer (UKIP) 1,256 (3.54%); Harrison (Soc Lab) 373
(1.05%); Ryder (Green) 288 (0.81%); Hobbs (Ind) 275 (0.78%);
Headbanger (Loony) 162 (0.46%)

If a result has to be corrected, a fresh full result message will be sent – marked as a correction in wire messages or with a higher version number in XML for digital. Where there is a change to a winning party, a rush correction will be sent in the same way.

June 2017 UK general election result

89 BRECON & RADNORSHIRE
C hold
*Chris Davies (C) 20,081 (48.58%, +7.53%)
James Gibson-Watt (LD) 12,043 (29.14%, +0.81%)
Dan Lodge (Lab) 7,335 (17.75%, +3.01%)
Kate Heneghan (PC) 1,299 (3.14%, –1.27%)
Peter Gilbert (UKIP) 576 (1.39%, –6.94%)
C maj 8,038 (19.45%)
3.36% swing LD to C
Electorate 56,010; Turnout 41,334 (73.80%, +0.01%)
2015: C maj 5,102 (12.73%) – Turnout 40,074 (73.79%)
Davies (C) 16,453 (41.06%); Williams (LD) 11,351 (28.33%); Dorrance (Lab) 5,904 (14.73%); Thomas (UKIP) 3,338 (8.33%); Greaves (PC) 1,767 (4.41%); Carmichael (Green) 1,261 (3.15%)

XML Format for digital

Nominations messages with candidate details, rush messages with the winning party, and full result messages are provided in XML format for digital.
For details of messages in XML format, please see the relevant advisories at Message Specifications. As well as a detailed advisory on XML format, advisories include descriptions of specific XML messages and examples of historical and test XML (sets are provided in downloadable zip folders).

Wire formats

Nominations messages with candidate details will be catchlined ELECTION Nominations followed by the name of the election. Example:

  • ELECTION Nominations Brecon by-election

The nominations message will be category-coded:

  • XTA for plain text (TTY)
  • XDA for data format.

Rush messages with the winning party will be catchlined POLL and a constituency reference followed by the constituency serial number, 1. Example:

  • POLL Brecon 1

The rush (in plain text) will be category-coded: XTJ
This will be followed by the full result message under the same catchline, POLL Brecon 1
The full result will be category-coded:

  • XTB for plain text (TTY)
  • XDB for data format.

Examples in plain text (TTY) and data format:

296 HARTLEPOOL
Lab hold
*Iain Wright (Lab) 16,267 (42.54%, -8.97%)
Alan Wright (C) 10,758 (28.13%, +16.68%)
Reg Clark (LD) 6,533 (17.08%, -13.32%)
Stephen Allison (UKIP) 2,682 (7.01%, +3.47%)
Ronnie Bage (BNP) 2,002 (5.24%)
Lab maj 5,509 (14.41%)
12.82% swing Lab to C
Electorate 68,923; Turnout 38,242 (55.49%, +3.96%)
2005: Lab maj 7,478 (21.10%) – Turnout 35,436 (51.52%)
Wright (Lab) 18,251 (51.50%); Dunn (LD) 10,773 (30.40%); Vigar (C)
4,058 (11.45%); Springer (UKIP) 1,256 (3.54%); Harrison (Soc Lab) 373
(1.05%); Ryder (Green) 288 (0.81%); Hobbs (Ind) 275 (0.78%);
Headbanger (Loony) 162 (0.46%)

{00}296} }HARTLEPOOL} }} }68,923} }38,242} }55.49} }+3.96} }} }} }
{02}Lab} }hold} }} }5,509} }14.41} }12.82} }C} }Lab
{03}*} }*} }} }Iain} }Wright} }Lab} }16,267} }42.54} }-8.97} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Alan} }Wright} }C} }10,758} }28.13} }+16.68} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Reg} }Clark} }LD} }6,533} }17.08} }-13.32} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Stephen} }Allison} }UKIP} }2,682} }7.01} }+3.47} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Ronnie} }Bage} }BNP} }2,002} }5.24} }} }} }
{06}G} }May} }2005} }Lab} }7,478} }21.10} }35,436} }51.52
{07}*} }Wright} }Lab} }18,251} }51.50
{07}} }Dunn} }LD} }10,773} }30.40
{07}} }Vigar} }C} }4,058} }11.45
{07}} }Springer} }UKIP} }1,256} }3.54
{07}} }Harrison} }Soc Lab} }373} }1.05
{07}} }Ryder} }Green} }288} }0.81
{07}} }Hobbs} }Ind} }275} }0.78
{07}} }Headbanger} }Loony} }162} }0.46

If a result has to be corrected, the catchline will be styled POLL Correction followed by the constituency name and serial number. Example: POLL Correction Brecon 1. Where there is a change to the winning party a rush correction will be sent, catchlined POLL Correction Brecon 1.
Note that data format is an old specification used in the past for print. Although it is still supported, customers are encouraged to switch to using the XML version for print purposes instead.
Further information about wire formats can be found in the detailed document at https://election.pressassociation.com/Specifications/wire.php