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