John Penrose wins Weston-super-Mare seat in 2017 General Election
PUBLISHED: 03:58 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 07:06 09 June 2017
John Penrose has retained his seat in the Weston-super-Mare constituency in the General Election this morning (Friday).
Mr Penrose, of the Conservative Party has been the area’s MP since 2005, and won with 29,982 votes.
Labour’s Tim Taylor, who came second to him in 2015, finished in the same position this year too, receiving 18,438 votes.
They were followed by Mike Bell of the Liberal Democrats in third with 5,175, Helen Hims of UKIP in fourth with 1,932, and Suneil Basu of the Greens in fifth with 888.
Mr Penrose used his victory speech thank those who voted for him, and to reiterate his commitment to supporting the community, after recording the Tories’ highest percentage of the Weston vote in more than 30 years.
He said: “Huge thanks to the people of Weston, Worle and the villages for putting your trust in me – I am hugely honoured.
“I now promise to do my absolute best to stick up for everybody here, no matter who they voted for.”
My Taylor was pleased too, saying it had been ‘beyond expectations’ to have nearly doubled his 2015 vote and cut Mr Penrose’s majority by nearly 4,000 votes.
Turnout in the Weston vote was 68.8 per cent, up three per cent from 2015.
The count was held at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre in Weston, where the result was declared at 3.55am.
The General Election had been called Theresa May at the end of April, and polls predicted a Tory landslide.
However, the current forecast suggest the Conservatives will fall just short of an overall majority, leading to questions over the future of Mrs May and the prospect of another election in the near future.
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