General Election 2019: Conservative candidate thanks people of Northampton South 'for placing trust and confidence in me'
The Conservatives have held their seat in Northampton South, with Andrew Lewer increasing his majority in the 2019 general election.
Mr Lewer saw off the challenge of Labour candidate Gareth Eales, and saw his majority increase from 1,159 to 4,697.
Retaining the seat he first won in 2017, Mr Lewer secured 20,914 votes compared to the 16,217 secured by Northampton Borough councillor Gareth Eales, who was contesting the seat for the first time.
Mr Lewer thanked the residents of Northampton South for ‘placing their trust and confidence in me’.
He said: "What will change for me is the confidence of that increase in majority not just for me but an increase in majority nationally. Although my ability to change things of course has not changed because of that majority.
"Doorstep issues were confirming to me that concern over the town centre is as strong as ever. It gave me an opportunity to talk about the two Government funds that we're bidding for and the work Northampton Forward's doing.
"There was a lot of local issues and as I've said before I think my background as a council leader is really useful. You quite often find on the doorstep it's potholes, it's refuse collection, it's the unitary authority, it's street homelessness, it's housing, it';s all those local issues where it's my role to advocate for people with the local authority."
The result compounded a disappointing night for Labour, with leader Jeremy Corbyn announcing he was to step down just a few minutes before the Northampton South count was declared.
Jill Hope came third with the Liberal Democrats, adding almost 1,000 extra votes onto those she secured two years ago. And Scott Mabbutt doubled the amount of votes he won in 2017.
The results were as follows:
Andrew Lewer (Conservative): 20,914
Gareth Eales (Labour): 16,217
Jill Hope (Lib Dems): 2,482
Scott Mabbutt (Green): 1,222
Turnout: 66.5 per cent
General Election 2019: LIVE from Northampton Tory Michael Ellis pledges to serve Northampton North 'to best of my ability' as Labour's Sally Keeble urges him to support the homelessConservative candidate thanks people of Northampton South 'for placing trust and confidence in me'Labour's Gareth Eales says he is 'sorry' for what election result means for 'people of Northampton South'Gallery of pictures from the Northampton countsTurnout slightly down for Northampton North and SouthGreen Party candidate in Northampton South calls for electoral reformNorthampton Lib Dem candidates say exit poll results are a 'disaster'Northampton Conservatives thrilled with exit poll results as they say Brexit message was 'hammered home'Labour confident they'll take both Northampton seats despite crushing exit poll forecastsChris Heaton-Harris returns as Daventry MP