Steve Barclay wins Fenland seat again

Steve Barclay after being delcared the winner
Steve Barclay after being delcared the winner
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Cheers rung out as Steve Barclay was once again declared MP for North East Cambridgeshire for the second time.

Mr Barclay, the Conservative candidate, said he was delighted and honoured to serve again.

And he has considerably increased his majority. He received 28,524 votes in yesterday’s election and had received 26,862 in 2010.

Mr Barclay said: I am delighted to be elected, it is a huge honour to represent the people of North East Cambridgeshire. It is a proud moment.

“It is particularly pleasing to increase both the majority and the percentage of the vote. I am mindful that there are residents that voted for the other candidates and I will continue, as I have over the last five years, to reach out to all in the community and to champion community needs.”

More than 100 ballot boxes were brought to the Hudson Leisure Centre in Wisbech after the polling stations across Fenland closed at 10pm.

The first box arrived at 10.30am but counting did not start until 1.45am as votes for the general and local elections needed to be verified.

It seemed clear from early on that Mr Barclay had won the seat.

But the result was not declared until after 7.30pm

UKIP candidate Andrew Charalambous, who was seen sleeping during the night, congratulated Mr Barclay in his speech along with thanking voters.

He also added: “Thank you to everyone who counted for going through the night, you did better than I did.”

Labour man Ken Rustidge also congratulated Mr Barclay and added: “Thank to everyone who voted for me and to everyone who voted. If people did not vote democracy could not survive.”

Helen Scott Daniels, the Green Party candidate, said it had been an interesting 24 hours.

Results were:

Steve Barclay (Con): 28,524

Andrew Charalambous – (UKIP): 11,650

Lucy Nethsingha (Lib Dem): 2,314

Ken Rustidge (Lab): 7,476

Helen Scott-Daniels (Green): 1,816

The turn-out was 62.6 per cent of the population and there were 226 spoilt votes.

Counting resumes at 10am for the local elections.