Hurd is re-elected in Ruis­lip

Con­ser­va­tive holds safe seat with ease

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

NICK Hurd made it a hat­trick of wins af­ter re­tain­ing his Ruis­lip, North­wood and Pinner seat at the elec­tion.

The Con­ser­va­tive took 59.6% of the vote in the safe Tory seat, beat­ing clos­est con­tender, Labour’s Michael Bo­rio, by 20,224 votes.

Mr Hurd said it was a “mas­sive priv­i­lege” to serve the con­stituency and he would never take it for granted.

He added: “I’m so grate­ful for the op­port- unity to con­tinue the work, sup­port­ing con­stituents and work­ing along­side coun­cil­lors and res­i­dents to fight for the things we value, and to pro­tect the qual­ity of life from var­i­ous threats, whether it be plans for a third run­way at Heathrow, the clo­sure of Har­row Arts Cen­tre or, last but not least, the ter­ri­ble dam­age that the cur­rent HS2 pro­pos­als will in­flict on Hare­field, Ick­en­ham and West Ruis­lip, which we will fight, with our ar­gu­ment for a tun­nel ex­ten­sion.”

Mr Hurd said he was look­ing for­ward to mak­ing the case for a new hos­pi­tal in Hilling­don and work­ing with neigh­bour­ing MPs John McDon­nell and “new kid on the block at Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip”, Boris John­son.

The elec­tion re­sult was an­nounced at Brunel Uni­ver­sity, in Uxbridge, at around 4am last Fri­day morn­ing.

Voter turnout for the con­stituency was 70.18% – down from 71.05% in 2010.

Mr Hurd re­ceived 30,521 votes; Mr Bo­rio re­ceived 10,297; UKIP’s Ger­ard Barry recorded 5,598; Lib­eral Demo­crat Joshua Dixon won 2,537 votes; the Green party’s Karen Pil­lai reg­is­tered 1,801; Wally Kennedy, of the Trade Union­ist and So­cial­ist Coali­tion, got 302; and the Na­tional Lib­eral Party’s Sock­alingam Yo­galingam, re­ceived 166.

The num­ber of spoiled bal­lot pa­pers was 159.

Mr Hurd was first elected to rep­re­sent what was then the Ruis­lip-North­wood ward in 2005.

He has staunchly op­posed the HS2 project, ar­gu­ing that if the project must go ahead, it should not in­clude a so-called ‘spur’ link­ing the track to Heathrow Air­port.

Photo by Clive Tagg

n FAMILIAR FACE: Con­ser­va­tive Nick Hurd be­came the MP for Ruis­lip, North­wood and Pinner again on Fri­day

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