By-elections: Commons By-election: Newport West
Voters go to the polls in a Commons by-election at Newport West on April 4 following the death of veteran Labour MP Paul Flynn in February at the age of 84.
- Nominations close: Friday, March 8, at 1600.
- Polling: Thursday, April 4, from 0700 to 2200.
The result is expected in the early hours of Friday, April 5, 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.
1. Newport West:
Matthew Evans (C)
Ruth Jones (Lab)
Ryan Jones (LD)
Jonathan T Clark (PC)
Amelia Womack (Green)
Neil Hamilton (UKIP)
Richard Suchorzewski (Assembly)
Phillip Taylor (DVP)
Hugh Nicklin (FBM)
June Davies (Renew)
Ian McLean (Soc Dem)
Eligible electorate: TBA
Nominations messages will be sent with candidates’ names and parties and a summary of the previous election result.
Conservative – C
Labour – Lab
Liberal Democrat – LD
Plaid Cymru – PC
Green – Green
UK Independence Party – UKIP
Abolish Welsh Assembly – Assembly
Democrats and Veterans Party – DVP
For Britain Movement – FBM
Renew – Renew
Social Democratic Party – Soc Dem
Results – content
As soon as the result is declared, a rush message will be sent giving the winning party.
- Labour holds Newport West
- [Party] gain from Labour in Newport West
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:
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
418 NEWPORT WEST
*Paul Flynn (Lab) 22,723 (52.31%, +11.09%)
Angela Jones-Evans (C) 17,065 (39.29%, +6.76%)
Stan Edwards (UKIP) 1,100 (2.53%, –12.67%)
Morgan Bowler-Brown (PC) 1,077 (2.48%, –1.50%)
Sarah Lockyer (LD) 976 (2.25%, –1.67%)
Pippa Bartolotti (Green) 497 (1.14%, –2.01%)
Lab maj 5,658 (13.03%)
2.16% swing C to Lab
Electorate 64,399; Turnout 43,438 (67.45%, +2.53%)
2015: Lab maj 3,510 (8.70%) – Turnout 40,347 (64.92%)
Flynn (Lab) 16,633 (41.22%); Webb (C) 13,123 (32.53%); Norrie (UKIP) 6,134 (15.20%); Coopey (PC) 1,604 (3.98%); Townsend (LD) 1,581 (3.92%); Bartolotti (Green) 1,272 (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).
Nominations messages with candidate details will be catchlined ELECTION Nominations followed by the name of the election. Example:
- ELECTION Nominations Newport 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 Newport 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 Newport 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:
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 Newport 1. Where there is a change to the winning party a rush correction will be sent, catchlined POLL Correction Newport 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 http://election.pressassociation.com/Specifications/wire.php