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General Election 2019: Conservative Steve Barclay is hoping to build on his majority for a fourth time

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Conservative Steve Barclay was playing it cool after arriving at the Hudson Centre in Wisbech to applause from his supporters - but it was clear he was pleased with the night so far.

The Brexit Secretary, who arrived with his wife Karen, hopes the result will give his party the majority it needs to finally get the Brexit issue resolved so work on other priorities including education and health can begin again.

He is also hopeful that once Brexit is finally sorted it will help repair the rift that has grown up in the country since the referendum vote.

Steve Barclay is quietly pleased with the result so far. (24136651)
Steve Barclay is quietly pleased with the result so far. (24136651)

Mr Barclay believes much of the division has been caused by fear on both sides of the argument. With those in favour angry at the lack of respect so far for the result and on the remain side the fear of leaving without a deal.

He did not want to be too confident on how the final results will be when all the seats have been declared, but admitted he was quietly hopeful.

And on a personal note he was hoping that this election will see him build on his majority for a fourth time.

"That would be nice," he said, adding the result in Peterborough where fellow Tory Paul Bristow had taken the seat from Labour was a satisfying start.

Read what Labour's Diane Boyd has to say here.

Read what Liberal Democrat Rupert Moss-Eccardt has to say here.

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