Gyimah and Fallon back for Tories in East Surrey and Sevenoaks

By Kevin Black in Politics

Nationally the UK woke up on Friday morning to discover Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election backfired in spectacular fashion as she lost the Conservatives’ majority in the House of Commons as Labour made significant gains.

However in East Surrey and Sevenoaks the Conservatives tightened their grip on the constituencies.

In East Surrey, where there was a 72 per cent turnout, Sam Gyimah was returned as the MP with 35, 310 votes. He had an increased share of the vote at 59.6% (+2.2%) and lodged the largest Conservative vote in the constituency since 1970.

Other candidates were:

David Lee Liberal Democrats 6197

Andy Parr Independent 2973

Benedict Southworth Green Party [The] 1100

Hitesh Tailor Labour Party [The] 11396

Helena Windsor United Kingdom Independence Party 2227

In Sevenoaks Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon was returned as MP with 32,644 votes. Other candidates were:

Labour Chris Clark 10,727

Liberal Democrat Alan Bullion 4,280

UKIP Graham Cushway 1,894

Green Philip Dodd 1,673

Photo by Kevin Black shows Team Gyimah celebrating - Sam Gyimah with wife Nicki, Tandridge District Council Leader Martin Fisher, Eithne Webster, former Oxted Surrey County Councillor Nick Skellet and his support staff and helpers.

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