Exit polls predicted a Conservative majority, and as results came in through the night it became clear that the forecast was right.
The top names in Conservative and Labour, Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and other cabinet and shadow cabinet members held their seats, however Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson lost out to SNP candidate Amy Callaghan.
But how do the local numbers add up?
|Tobias Ellwood (Conservative)||24,926||50.6% (-1.3)|
|Corrie Drew (Labour)||16,120||32.7% (-2.8)|
|Philip Dunn (Liberal Democrat)||5,418||11.0% (+4.5)|
|Alasdair Keddie (Green)||2,049||4.2% (+1.6)|
|Ben Aston (Independent)||447|
|Emma Johnson (Independent)||314|
|Conor Burns (Conservative)||24,550||53.4% (-0.1)|
|David Stokes (Labour)||14,400||31.3% (-4.9)|
|Jon Nicholas (Liberal Democrat)||4,931||10.7% (+4.1)|
|Simon Bull (Green)||2,096||4.6% (+1.8)|
|Christopher Chope (Conservative)||33,894||65.2% (-4.3)|
|Mike Cox (Liberal Democrat)||9,277||17.9% (+9.9)|
|Andrew Dunne (Labour)||6,568||12.6% (-7.2)|
|Chris Rigby (Green)||2,212||4.3% (+1.6)|
In 2017 Labour came second to the Conservatives, but this time they were knocked down by the large gain for Liberal Democrats.
Mid Dorset and North Poole
|Michael Tomlinson (Conservative)||29,548||60.4% (+1.1)|
|Vikki Slade (Liberal Democrat)||14,650||29.9% (+2.5)|
|Joanne Oldale (Labour)||3,402||7.0% (-6.4)|
|Natalie Carswell (Green)||1,330||2.7% (+2.7)|
There was no Green candidate here in 2017 as they stepped down to boost the vote for Liberal Democrat.
|Robert Syms (Conservative)||29,599||58.7% (+0.7)|
|Sue Aitkenhead (Labour Co-op)||10,483||20.8% (-8.7)|
|Victoria Collins (Liberal Democrat)||7,819||15.5% (+6.6)|
|Barry Harding-Rathbone (Green)||1,702||3.4% (+0.8)|
|David Young (Independent)||848||1.7% (+0.6)|
Across the UK the trend seemed to be that the Liberal Democrats were losing votes, however in all BCP constituencies they gained votes since 2017, especially in Christchurch.
Labour, however, lost votes in all five constituencies.
Speaking from the point of view of local businesses, Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling said: “None of our politicians have exactly covered themselves in glory over the past three years.
“The new Government has a lot to prove. It must swiftly restore confidence and get to work on firing up the economy.
“Firms in Dorset will want to see business-friendly policies which allow them to invest, create jobs and grow.
“As a Chamber we are immediately launching a countrywide campaign called #GetBusinessDone to focus on positivity surrounding Brexit and encourage all firms to get involved.
“Our congratulations to the MPs elected in Dorset as well as the new government. They now have an important job to do and there is no time to waste.”
Dorset Chamber are running a dedicated support page for businesses who have questions about Brexit. Visit their site here.
Conservatives now hold a majority Government with a 43.6% share of the vote (365 seats), whilst Labour has 203 seats.
Jeremy Corbyn announced plans step down as leader of the Labour Party, and Boris Johnson reiterated his promise to “get Brexit done”. Following Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson losing her seat in East Dumbartonshire an announcement is expected soon regarding her future.