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WATCH: Tories increase majority in Harrogate and Knaresborough

WATCH: Tories increase majority in Harrogate and Knaresborough

Published at 7:45am 9th June 2017. (Updated at 2:41pm 9th June 2017)

The Conservatives'  Andrew Jones has said he is "absolutely thrilled" after victory in Harrogate and Knaresborough at the General Election.

He increased the party's majority to more than 18,000.

The turnout was an impressive 74%.

 

Liberal Democrat candidate Helen Flynn held off a Labour surge to secure second place.

She said: "That was always going to happen to some extent with UKIP pulling out - the regressive alliance - we always thought that was on the cards.

"My main concern was increasing the vote on last time, which I did do, so I'm pleased with that given the national picture."

Mark Sewards secured third place for Labour with more than 11,000 votes, meaning that the party more than doubled their vote from 2015.

He said: "From this point forth, Labour voters in Harrogate and Knaresborough will be able to vote Labour. There will be no more need for tactical voting."

Independent candidate Donald Fraser secured 559 votes.

 

Andrew Jones will now re-take his seat in Parliament.

He has listed the economy and connectivity, both in terms of transport and broadband, as areas he'll champion.

Mr Jones also played down calls for a change in leadership if his party does form the next Government.

He said: "We need to see continuity and stability as we enter the Brexit negotiations.

"These are some of the most complex things that any Government will have done in British peacetime history."