Hurd is re-elected in Ruislip
Conservative holds safe seat with ease
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.
n FAMILIAR FACE: Conservative Nick Hurd became the MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner again on Friday