By-elections: Commons By-election: Peterborough
Voters go to the polls in a Commons by-election at Peterborough on June 6 after a successful recall petition removed sitting MP Fiona Onasanya. She had been elected for Labour but was sitting as an independent after being convicted for lying about a speeding offence and being sentenced to three months’ imprisonment.
- Nominations close: Thursday, June 9, at 1600.
- Polling: Thursday, June 6, from 0700 to 2200.
The result is expected in the early hours of Friday, June 7, 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.
Paul Bristow (C)
Lisa Forbes (Lab)
Beki Sellick (LD)
Mike Greene (Brexit)
Joseph Wells (Green)
John Whitby (UKIP)
Dick Rodgers (CG)
Tom Rogers (CPA)
Stephen Goldspink (Eng Dem)
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope (Loony)
Andrew Moore (ND)
Bobby Smith (ND)
Peter Ward (Renew)
Patrick O’Flynn (Soc Dem)
Pierre Kirk (UKEUP)
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
Brexit Party – Brexit
Green Party – Green
UK Independence Party – UKIP
Common Good – CG
Christian Peoples Alliance – CPA
English Democrats – Eng Dem
Monster Raving Loony Party – Loony
No description – ND
Renew – Renew
Social Democratic Party – Soc Dem
UK European Union Party – UKEUP
Results – content
As soon as the result is declared, a rush message will be sent giving the winning party.
- [Party] gain from Independent in Peterborough
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
Lab gain from C
Fiona Onasanya (Lab) 22,950 (48.07%, +12.47%)
*Stewart Jackson (C) 22,343 (46.80%, +7.11%)
Beki Sellick (LD) 1,597 (3.35%, –0.42%)
Fiona Radic (Green) 848 (1.78%, –0.81%)
Lab maj 607 (1.27%)
2.68% swing C to Lab
Electorate 71,522; Turnout 47,738 (66.75%, +1.83%)
2015: C maj 1,925 (4.09%) – Turnout 47,075 (64.91%)
Jackson (C) 18,684 (39.69%); Forbes (Lab) 16,759 (35.60%); Herdman (UKIP) 7,485 (15.90%); Fower (LD) 1,774 (3.77%); Bisby-Boyd (Green) 1,218 (2.59%); Ash (Lib) 639 (1.36%); Fox (Ind) 516 (1.10%)
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 Peterborough 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 Peterborough 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 Peterborough 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 Peterborough 1. Where there is a change to the winning party a rush correction will be sent, catchlined POLL Correction Peterborough 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