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General Election 2019: Cheers as Conservative Steve Barclay arrives at the count at Wisbech Hudson Leisure Centre

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Conservative Steve Barclay has arrived at Wisbech Hudson |Leisure Centre to cheers from his party supporters.

There is a tangible air of excitement among the Conservatives as the count continues here in Wisbech.

Mr Barclay is looking a dead cert to win for a fourth term, and many of his cohorts from the local Conservative group are predicting big things ahead for the current Brexit Secretary. Some are even suggesting he may become Home Secretary once the final results are known and Boris Johnson, who is heading for a large majority, starts appointing his new cabinet.

Steve Barclay has arrived in Wisbech at 1.41am to applause from his Tory supporters. (24133545)
Steve Barclay has arrived in Wisbech at 1.41am to applause from his Tory supporters. (24133545)

However, Labour’s Diane Boyd is hoping to build on the headway her predecessor Ken Rustidge made at the last election in 2017. He managed to increase the party’s share of the vote by over 10 per cent.

But Mr Barclay also built on his majority, increasing it by over nine per cent to 21,270 – he polled a whopping 34,340 votes and there are many predicting that will increase here tonight.

Also hoping to make some headway are both the Green Party’s Ruth Johnson and the Liberal Democrats’ Rupert Moss-Eccardt.

There was a 63.56 per cent turn out meaning there were 53,205 votes cast out of a possible 83,699.

In 2017 the Lib Dems held their position with voters, neither gaining or losing their percentage share. However, Mrs Johnson will be hoping to do better than her last performance when her party’s share of the vote dropped by over one per cent, with her as the candidate polling 1,024 votes.

Read Labour's Diane Boyd's take on the vote here.

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