Conservative Sir Hugo Swire holds East Devon seat in General Election
PUBLISHED: 06:07 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:32 12 June 2017
Conservative Sir Hugo Swire has retained his seat as East Devon’s MP for a fifth term with a majority of over 8,000 votes.
Sir Hugo finished with 29,306 votes but was given a run for his money by Independent Claire Wright who finished with an incredible 21,270 votes, an 11 per cent increase on 2015.
East Devon’s declaration was announced just before 4am after a 73.4 per cent turn out.
In 2015 Sir Hugo won after fighting off four other candidates, winning with 25,401 of the votes (46.4 per cent) in a hotly contested General Election with a turnout of 71.7 per cent. Ms Wright came second with 13,140 votes – giving her 24 per cent of the vote.
Speaking after the declaration, Sir Hugo said he would like to thank everyone for all their help.
He added: “I am humbled by the fact I have biggest vote share of any candidate since this constituency was founded.
“I am grateful to all the people who voted for me and I will continue to represent them in parliament to the best of my ability.”
Sir Hugo was first elected in 2001 with 22,681 of the votes, securing a majority of 8,195, and was returned in 2005 and again in 2010, when he increased his share by 1.4 per cent.
Speaking after the declaration, Ms Wright said she would also like to thank her army of helpers and all those who helped her to raise money for her campaign.
She added: “To have an extra 8,000 votes is quite astonishing… It is a tribute to all the people who put so much work into helping me. I had the best campaign team I could have hoped for.
“I would like to thank all those people who believed in me and for getting me 21,000 votes just two years after the first time I have ever run.”
Jan Ross (Labour) finished with 6,857, Alison Eden (Lib Dem) with 1,468, Brigitte Graham (UKIP) with 1,203, Peter Faithfull (Independent) with 150 and Michael Val Davies (Independent) with 128.
Nationally, there has been the highest turn out in around 20 years and a record number of female MPs elected.