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Voters in Cannock Chase have gone to the ballot box to elect their MP in the General Election 2019.
The Conservatives gained the seat in the 2010 poll and every election since then they have managed to hold the seat.
However, prior to that it was a Labour seat.
Polls closed at 10pm on Thursday December 12 with the vote expected to take place overnight.
Results should be announced shortly afterwards.
General Election 2019
You can see all the results for the constituency as they are announced in the UK, in the interactive widget and map below. Simply type in your postcode, or the constituency name, and find out who won the seat and how many votes each candidate received.
Here are the candidates:
Labour – Anne Hobbs
Liberal Democrats – Not standing due to Remain alliance
Conservatives – Amanda Milling
Green – Paul Woodhead
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A strangled midwife’s body was found in a shallow grave after a police surveillance team spotted her killer acting suspiciously nearby, an inquest heard.Michael Stirling, 33, from Stoke, was initially arrested on suspicion of Samantha Eastwood’s kidnap, but was released and tracked by officers.He then went within 800 metres of the deposition site, prompting a search.A coroner found Ms Eastwood was “unlawfully killed.”Stirling admitted the murder following a “longstanding” affair and was sentenced to life with a minimum term of almost 17 years last December.The landscape gardener first came under suspicion after 28-year-old Ms Eastwood, of Baddeley Green, failed to appear for a night shift at the Royal Stoke University Hospital on 27 July last year, the inquest at Stafford Combined Court Centre was told.Stirling was held by police after “out of character” messages were sent from Ms Eastwood’s phone, but was then bailed due to insufficient evidence, said Ch Insp Dan Ison of Staffordshire Police.The killer was then spotted by police officers “disappearing down a footpath” at a remote location, near Tickhill Lane in Caverswall, on 2 August last year.”He went to within 800-metres of the deposition site,” said Mr Ison.”That caused me to set up a search strategy and the use of technology to identify locations within a 1,000-metre radius of where it was best to search. I think Samantha was found in the second priority area.”The inquest was told Ms Eastwood’s body was placed face-down in the makeshift grave that would have taken four-hours to dig.Mr Ison said mobile phone evidence also linked Stirling to the area on the day of Ms Eastwood’s disappearance.
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Married Stirling, who is the brother-in-law of Ms Eastwood’s ex-fiancé John Peake, comforted her family and sent messages from her phone so people would think she was still alive, the hearing was told.Senior North Staffordshire Coroner Andrew Barkley recorded a finding of “unlawful killing.”
A cigar dropped by Winston Churchill at the London Coliseum in 1953 and then picked up and kept by an usherette has sold for £4,800.Violet King wrote to the then prime minister to ask if she could “tell her friends she had his cigar” and kept his reply giving his consent.Her relatives took the partly smoked cigar to a valuation event in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.Auctioneers Hansons said it was an “incredible find”. The cigar’s “rock solid provenance” and good condition had boosted the guide price, it said.Latest news from the West Midlands “On the day the country goes to the polls, it’s a privilege to sell an item which belonged to a man who was Britain’s prime minister not once but twice,” a spokesman said.”The fact that someone was prepared to pay such a high price for a cigar he dropped on the floor, shows the esteem he is still held in decades after he led our country.”Julian Lewis, a great nephew of Ms King, who died in her 90s in the 1980s, said she picked up the cigar and “treasured it for the rest of her life”.He said he remembers her telling him the story and how proud she was of having the item and she would show it to people.Ms King also kept and encased a newspaper cutting from 31 January 1953, which said the prime minister and his wife Clementine were at the Coliseum to see the musical film Call Me Madam.Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, and sign up for local news updates direct to your phone.
Polling stations across the West Midlands have opened for the 2019 general election.Hundreds of candidates are standing in the region’s constituencies in the Black Country, Birmingham, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Coventry, Staffordshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.The polls opened at 07:00 GMT and are due to close at 22:00. The BBC, like other broadcasters, is not allowed to report details of campaigning while the polls are open. More details around electoral law and our BBC code of practice is explained here.