All the re­sults, re­ac­tions and pic­tures

Grieve se­cures 60% of vote as he is re-elected

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­

DO­MINIC Grieve has called for more en­gage­ment with the public to win their trust af­ter an ‘ex­tra­or­di­nary cam­paign’.

Mr Grieve se­cured a land­slide victory for the Con­ser­va­tives, gath­er­ing more than 60 per cent of the vote in Bea­cons­field, for what is sta­tis­ti­cally the safest Con­ser­va­tive seat in the coun­try.

The re­sult was an­nounced at 6.50am on Fri­day morn­ing.

He gained 33,621 votes and beat the UKIP can­di­date, Tim Scott, who re­ceived 7,310 votes, into sec­ond place.

Tony Cle­ments of the Labour Party re­ceived 6,074 votes, Peter Chap­man of the Lib­eral Democrats 3,927 and Dave Hamp­ton, Green Party, re­ceived 2,231 votes.

The num­ber of votes cast was 53,424, mak­ing a 71.49 per cent turnout rate.

There were 261 bal­lots spoilt or re­jected.

In his ac­cep­tance speech Mr Grieve thanked the po­lice, the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer and all the staff for their hard work.

He said: “I’m very pleased and de­lighted. It’s the big­gest ma­jor­ity I’ve ever had which was not ex­pected.”

He added: “It has been an ex­tra­or­di­nary night and one of the most ex­tra­or­di­nary elec­tion cam­paigns that I’ve been in­volved in.”

He spoke about how “we need much greater en­gage­ment,” to “win the public’s trust,” af­ter an­nounc­ing “mid­dle Eng­land has spo­ken out

DE­LIGHTED: Do­minic Grieve’s per­sonal suc­cess re­flected that of the Con­ser­va­tives na­tion­ally clearly.”

Speak­ing af­ter the an­nounce­ment Mr Grieve said: “I feel tired. I’m pleased to be go­ing home af­ter a very long night.

“I’m de­lighted with the out­come and I’m pleased with the out­come na­tion­ally, but it leaves us with a great deal to do.

“There is a chal­lenge ahead.”

Mr Scott said af­ter­wards: “I’m tired but I’m pleased we came sec­ond here.

“It hasn’t been a great night for UKIP.

“First past the post has been mean to us.

“It’s been a great night for the Con­ser­va­tives and I’m very happy and proud to have come sec­ond here in a con­stituency I’ve grown up and lived in most of my life.”

Green can­di­date Dave Hamp­ton said af­ter the re­sult: “We’re here, we’re strong and we’re not go­ing away.

“We will be back.”

UKIP par­lia­men­tary can­di­date for Bea­cons­field Tim Scott, who has lived in the area for most of his life, said it had been a ‘great cam­paign’ and was full of re­spect for the other can­di­dates.

While he ad­mit­ted con­ser­va­tive can­di­date Do­minic Grieve was the favourite he added: “I’ve en­joyed the cam­paign. All the can­di­dates have got on re­ally well.

“The public de­bates and hus­tings I very much en­joyed.”

He added: “It’s been a great cam­paign and I think in the de­bates every­body had some­thing to say.”

The bad night he thought the Tories could have faced sim­i­lar to that in 1992 didn’t ma­te­ri­alise and he hoped the prospect of peo­ple be­ing “spooked” by the threat of SNP worked in UKIP’s ad­van­taged na­tion­ally.

CON­SER­VA­TIVE can­di­date Do­minic Grieve, who has held the seat since 1997, has called elec­tion nights an ‘un­usual phe­nom­e­non’ and has to rely on adren­a­line to get him through.

Mr Grieve, who is also a mem­ber of the Privy Coun­cil, called it an ex­cit­ing time at the end of one of the tight­est cam­paigns in mem­ory.

The for­mer At­tor­ney Gen­eral, who served in that role un­til July last year as part of a cabi­net reshuf­fle, was the first to ar­rive at the count on Thurs­day at Pinewood Stu­dios.

He said: “I’m al­ways ex­cited on elec­tion night. It’s such an un­usual phe­nom­e­non.

“You can’t fail to be ex­cited. It’s the end of five weeks of very hard cam­paign­ing.

“You have to have a bit of adren­a­line oth­er­wise you wouldn’t get through.”

THE Labour can­di­date has been left ‘happy’ with the grass­roots cam­paign his party un­der­took in the run up to the Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Tony Cle­ments cited the ‘ac­tivists’ and the ‘new sup­port­ers’ as rea­sons for his op­ti­mism.

He said: “It’s good to have a real ex­pe­ri­ence on the doorsteps and on the high street. We’re re­ally pleased with that.”

He added: “We’re happy we have been able to en­er­gise our ac­tivists and our new sup­port­ers in this cam­paign.”

Com­ment­ing on the im­pres­sive count­ing venue at Pinewood Stu­dios he said: “I’ve got to say it’s one of the finer venues for a count.”

But like the other can­di­dates look­ing to be elected for the first time he is aware of the Labour Party’s po­si­tion in Bea­cons­field.

He added: “We have been able to see a big group of ac­tivists to en­gage the public.

“It shows our sup­port­ers and cam­paign­ers we’re work­ing hard for them.”

THE Bea­cons­field ‘Car­bon Coach’ hoped a strong youth vote would boost his party’s stand­ing in the Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Dave Hamp­ton, who ar­rived at Pinewood Stu­dios at about 4.30am wear­ing a lime green tie, was quick to ap­plaud the re­sponse his party re­ceived on so­cial me­dia.

He said: “I’m feel­ing great. We’ve had a great re­sponse on so­cial me­dia. “We’ve had a lot of young peo­ple vot­ing Green.”

The com­mu­nity ra­dio pre­sen­ter and Cam­bridge grad­u­ate, who has his own weekly ra­dio show on Mar­low FM called ‘Watt Next? - All Things Be­ing Eco’ was re­al­is­tic about his party’s chances but hoped for an in­crease in votes.

THE Lib­eral Demo­crat can­di­date for Bea­cons­field ad­mit­ted the South Bucks count isn’t his main pri­or­ity af­ter he spent most of the elec­tion cam­paign out­side the county.

Speak­ing at the count Peter Chap­man, who last con­tested this seat in 2005, said was he more in­ter­ested in the re­sults of the North Devon con­stituency, where his friend, Sir Nick Har­vey, was stand­ing.

“That’s the re­sult I’m in­ter­ested about and ex­cited about,” he said.

When Mr Chap­man last con­tested the Bea­cons­field seat he won 20.4% of the vote, which pushed Labour into third place.

He said: “I knew what the re­sult was go­ing to be in this con­stituency.

“There’s never been any doubt about the re­sult here.”

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