Conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg holds onto North East Somerset with 13,000 majority

Published on: 08 May 2015

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Jacob Rees-Mogg is celebrating an emphatic win for the Conservatives in North East Somerset, extending his majority to almost 13,000.

Holding onto the seat for a second term as MP with 25,431 votes, Mr Rees-Mogg’s closest rival in the election was Labour’s Todd Foreman, who received 12,690 votes.

It marks a large swing to the Conservatives since 2010, when Mr Rees-Mogg’s majority was just under 5,000.  

The result was declared at 5.30am at the counting centre at Bath University's Sports Training Village, where it was also revealed voter turnout across the constituency was 73.87 per cent.

Mr Rees-Mogg, who had commented earlier in the evening that he was ”optimistic rather than confident” about the result, told Keynshamvoice that his majority was “more than I possibly expected”.

He said: “The Conservatives have had a very good swing in the South West, which is very helpful, and I have had a very good campaign team who have worked very hard.”

Speaking to the crowd after the result was announced, he said: “From a broader political view, we have seen what’s happened in Scotland [SNP gains] and I think we should be concerned about that for our nation as a union.”

On his party’s success nationally, closing in on a majority in the House of Commons, he added: “We will have a proper strong and clear government at a time of great uncertainty.”

UKIP managed to push the Liberal Democrats into fourth place in North East Somerset, with their candidate Ernie Blaber gaining 6,150 votes, while the Lib Dems’ Wera Hobhouse won 4,209. In fifth place was Green Party candidate Katy Boyce with 2,802.

Earlier in the evening, Labour’s Mr Foreman told Keynshamvoice he was "very disappointed in the choice the country has clearly made" and added that locally it would have been "impossible for anyone to withstand the national tide".

The North East Somerset result was declared shortly after the news from the same stage that Bath had been taken by the Conservatives' Ben Howlett, with a 3,833 majority over the Lib Dems' Steve Bradley. The seat was previously held by the Lib Dems' Don Foster, who won 56 per cent of the vote in 2010 and stepped down before the General Election.

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