Tories claim marginal seat of Crewe and Nantwich

Written by on December 13, 2019

The Tories have gained the previously marginal seat of Crewe and Nantwich with a majority of more than 8,000.

Dr Keiran Mullan took the seat from Labour’s Laura Smith, receiving a total of 28,704 votes.

The last time the UK went to the polls in 2017 it became the country’s eighth most marginal seat, held by Ms Smith with a majority of just 48.

Dr Mullan said Brexit was an important reason for his election to the seat where 60% people voted Leave.

He said: “[I am] proud of my team of volunteers who have been out there speaking to people and more proud of the people of Crewe and Nantwich who I think this morning have made it clear to everybody that we are a democracy in this country and if people vote for something, it is up to politicians to deliver it.”

The Conservatives have also held Eddisbury where new MP Edward Timpson secured a majority of 18,443 votes.

The seat was previously held by Antoinette Sandbach, who joined the Liberal Democrats after she was expelled from the Conservative party for rebelling against Boris Johnson in a bid to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

Posting on Twitter, she said: “Its been an honour and privilege to represent Eddisbury for the last four years.

“I could not vote for a deal which risks the break up of the UK, and that responsibility passes now to others.”

Mr Timpson said: “There is lots to do but first of all we need to get beyond Brexit.

“And we have now got the chance to deliver for the British people and make sure that Eddisbury really does reap the benefits from what lies ahead.”

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</figure>Elsewhere in Cheshire, Fiona Bruce has been re-elected as the Conservative MP for Congleton, increasing her 2017 majority of 12,619 votes to 18,561.

Ms Bruce has been the constituency’s MP since 2010, and the seat has been held by the Conservatives since it was created in 1983.

Updates from the Cannock Chase Radio News Desk via BBC Stoke and Staffordshire


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