CONSERVATIVE candidate Chris White has retained his seat as the MP for Leamington and Warwick.
Mr White secured 47.9 per cent (24,429) of the votes – seeing his majority almost double to 13.1 per cent.
Labour candidate Lynnette Kelly was second with 34.9 per cent (17,643) of the vote – a slight increase on the party’s 2010 result.
UKIP candidate Alistair MacBrayne, was third with 8.3 per cent (4,183) of the vote.
Lib Dem Haseeb Arif took five per cent (2,512) of the vote – a 13.3 per cent fall from the last election.
And Azzees Minott of the Green Party received 3.9 per cent (1994) of the votes.
Turnout remained exactly the same as the previous election, standing at 71 per cent – meaning 50,815 voters took to the polls.
Mr White spoke to the Observer and said: “I’m determined to represent everyone and after a very positive campaign, I’m glad to represent them again.
“I want to see people take pride in what we do. Whether its in terms of our hospital being the best in the country, our colleges building new blocks for apprentices and the fall in unemployment, we are a very dynamic community and so many people worked so hard to make it an even better place.”
Speaking on his next five years in office, he said: “I will fight to make sure everybody has an opportunity and make sure we have great schools and businesses. I want to build on our community and build where we have had success – helping the most vulnerable and those in need.”
Ms Kelly, gracious in defeat said: “I don’t know what the future holds for me, I need to have a rest but I will wait and see. I’m from this area and I won’t stop being passionate about Warwick and Leamington.”
In regards to her opposition Chris White, she added: “I would like to see Chris really make a mark in reducing food banks and making housing affordable for young people, keeping them in the area.”
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Conservative Chris White starts his second term as MP for Warwick and Leamington after retaining his seat. (s)