Dammit, BBC! Your reporting is usually so good. Then you go and use this map:
I never want to see that map again. Reporting election results by square mile is completely meaningless. It’d be like reporting the DOW and S&P 500 by number of trades made. It tells you something, but not what it’s claiming to tell you (and could be wildly misleading).
And the rest of the article is great. It immediately followed this map:
Which is a great map! It shows us what it says it shows us. It’s easy to read, and not misleading.
Journalists: never use a true-geography map to report election results. Just don’t. Particularly for the US. (It might work OK for states or smaller countries, if they’re of more uniform population density, but that just means the amount of distortion is smaller, not that it’s gone.)