Labour hold onto power in Warwick and Leamington - The Leamington Observer

Labour hold onto power in Warwick and Leamington

Philippa Mingins 5th Jul, 2024 Updated: 5th Jul, 2024   0

LABOUR retained power in Warwick and Leamington as the party won a landslide victory at the General Election.

Matt Western was voted in as MP for the constituency for the third time, receiving 23, 975 votes yesterday.

Conservative candidate James Uffindell received 11,563, Louis Adam (Liberal Democrats) – 3,881, Laurie Steele ((UKIP) – 154, Nigel Clarke (Reform UK) 5,154, Hema YellaPragada (Green Party) 4,471.

Exit polls and results so far suggest Labour will win the election by a landslide with around 410 MPs and a majority of about 170 and that the party’s leader Sir Kier Starmer will be the new UK Prime Minister.

The turnout in Warwick and Leamington was 65 per cent.

Mr Western has served as the Labour MP for the constituency since winning the seat from the Conservatives in the 2017 snap General Election.

Following his victory, he said: “For two years we have waited, since the resignation of (Boris) Johnson the public have wanted a general election and finally we got one. Now they have made their collective voices heard.

“The people left desperate over a decade of decay, suffering a cost of living crisis, people feeling cheated by their own government, and despite the government’s most cynical efforts to disenfranchise people with the introduction of photo ID and postal vote failures, the people have responded and voted for change.

“Today we turn the page. Our country faces a new chapter, a new future of optimism, of possibilities, of greater and wider prosperity and lower inequality, a mission-led government driven by a determination to deliver a decade of renewal.

“Keir Starmer will lead a government that will put country before party.”

The Conservatives are now the minority party in Warwickshire with only Sir Jeremy Wright holding his seat in Kenilworth and Southam.

Sir Jeremy received 19,395 votes, winning a sixth straight election but he received around 10,000 fewer votes than in 2019.

Among his opponents, Labour candidate Cat Price received 12,821, Jenny Wilkinson (Liberal Democrat) – 10,464, Jacqui Harris (Reform UK) – 6,920, Alix Dearing (Green) – 3,125, Nick Blunderbuss Green (Monster Raving Loony Party) – 442 and Paul De’Ath (UKIP) – 153.

Sir Jeremy said; “It has been a difficult time to be a politician or a candidate, regardless of how well your party is doing.

“I want to pay tribute to everyone who has put themselves forward to be assessed for office and I am grateful to you all for doing that.

“I know that for many of the people who voted Conservative, that was not an easy decision to make.

“I know, too, that many of those people have invested a huge amount of trust in me and I will do my very best to repay that trust.”

The turnout for Kenilworth and Southam was 71 per cent.


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