Rut­ley strength­ens grip with con­vinc­ing victory

Macclesfield Express - - ELECTIONS ROUND-UP - KAREN BRIT­TON

DAVID Rut­ley won back his Macclesfield seat with an in­creased ma­jor­ity on a busy Gen­eral Elec­tion night.

The town re­mained true to its blue roots as the Con­ser­va­tive be­gan his sec­ond term as Macclesfield MP af­ter re­tain­ing the seat with 26,063 votes – 52.5pc of the votes.

This is a ma­jor­ity of 14,811 votes, in­creas­ing his ma­jor­ity of 11,959 in 2010.

The win con­tin­ued the Tories’ hold in the town, which has been Con­ser­va­tive since 1918.

Mr Rut­ley thanked the peo­ple of Macclesfield for his sec­ond term, as the re­sult was an­nounced at the count at Macclesfield Leisure Cen­tre.

He said: “It’s a huge hon­our.

“One of the things I’ll be fo­cus­ing on is to build on the suc­cesses we’ve seen with the econ­omy, to pro­vide more jobs and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for all peo­ple, to en­able so­cial mo­bil­ity.

“There are many lo­cal pri­or­i­ties – re­vi­tal­is­ing the town cen­tre, tak­ing for- ward the Poyn­ton Re­lief Road, mak­ing sure our green belt is pro­tected and bring­ing su­per­fast broad­band to our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

“Na­tion­ally, on this his­toric day, I look for­ward to tak­ing for­ward a Con­ser­va­tive agenda, one that will en­able us to build on our eco­nomic strengths, mak­ing sure the north­ern pow­er­house be­comes a re­al­ity, also, mak­ing sure there’s a fair set­tle­ment for all na­tions in the UK and en­abling the peo­ple in this coun­try to have their say on our re­la­tion­ship with the Euro­pean Union.”

Around 100 peo­ple worked through the night count­ing bal­lot pa­pers from polling sta­tions across Macclesfield.

The re­sult fi­nally came at around 8.40am.

Mr Rut­ley’s win came as the Con­ser­va­tives smashed poll pre­dic­tions to give them a ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment.

Mr Rut­ley said: “Peo­ple recog­nise the econ­omy is on an im­por­tant course and they were wor­ried about the al­ter­na­tive, the prospect of a Labour, SNP al­liance.”

Tim Roca from Labour came sec­ond with 11,252 votes and it was a good night for UKIP, with Adrian Howard win­ning 6,037 votes.

The Lib­eral Democrats slipped into fourth with Neil Chris­tian win­ning 3,842 votes and the Green Party’s Joan Plimmer had 2,404 votes.

Turnout was higher than first thought at 69.51pc, a to­tal of 49,598 votes. There were 248 spoiled bal­lot pa­pers.

‘It’s a huge hon­our’

●● David Rut­ley at the elec­tion count

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