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Nigel Huddleston holds onto his Mid Worcestershire seat

Tristan Harris 9th Jun, 2017 Updated: 9th Jun, 2017

MID WORCESTERSHIRE MP Nigel Huddleston held onto his seat with a majority of 23,325.

Labour’s Fred Grindrod finished second with 12,641 and Liberal Democrat Margaret Rowley was third, polling 3,450.

David Greenwood, representing UKIP, received 1,660 and Fay Whitfield (Green) had 1,371.

A total of 36,567 opted for Mr Huddleston who increased his share of the vote by 8.3 per cent and Labour increased its share by 8.5.

The turn-out was 72.4 per cent.

Following his re-election, Mr Huddleston said: “I am delighted to have been re-elected as the MP for Mid Worcestershire. A huge thank you for your support.”

His nearest challenger, Labour’s Fred Grindrod, said: “I’m pleased with our result. Our aim was to get back into second place and we did that by increasing the Labour vote by 5000.

“We had a great campaign in Mid Worcestershire – and good fun too. We had great conversations on the doorsteps and discussions at our street stalls with lots of Mid Worcestershire residents telling us about their concerns about cuts to vital services and worrying about the consequences of theresa may’s hard Brexit.

“I think the election results nationally are reflecting the concerns of those people in Mid Worcestershire we spoke to – making it clear that the electorate have had enough of austerity and do not want to be taken to the Brexit cliff edge by Theresa May.”

Liberal Democrat Margaret Rowley finished in third place and failed to improve on her performance from the 2015 General Election.

UKIP saw a collapse in their vote in the Mid Worcestershire. After finishing second just two years ago, last night the party’s candidate, David Greenwood, finished in fourth. UKIP’s vote share dropped by 14.7 per cent.

The Green Party also saw their vote share fall. It was down by 1.2 per cent compared to 2015 with Fay Whitfield finishing in 5th place.

Nationally Labour did much better than expected and with 30 seats left to declare, a hung Parliament was confirmed.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn increased his majority, winning his seat by more than 40,000 votes. In his victory speech he called for the Prime Minister to resign.

Theresa May, who held onto her Maidenhead seat by 26,457 votes, said going into the Brexit talks it was more important than ever for the country to have a period of stability.

For the Liberal Democrats, former party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg lost his seat, while former ministers Vince Cable and Jo Swinson both won back the seats they lost in 2015.

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