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Meet the five MPs to be elected in Cornwall so far

Meet the five MPs to be elected in Cornwall so far

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:53am 13th December 2019. (Updated at 11:19am 13th December 2019)

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter, and Sarah Yeoman

Cornwall looks like it could remain all blue as the Duchy's new MPs are announced.

The general election results have been trickling in across the night.

Five out of the six Cornish constituencies have declared their results, with the Tories having increased their share in all of them.

Just St Ives remains to be declared after being delayed due to weather problems, holding up the transportation of ballot boxes on the Isles of Scilly.

The election has been bad for the Liberal Democrats in Cornwall with many seats seeing the party pushed back into third place.

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Truro and Falmouth:

First to declare in the whole of the south west was the Truro and Falmouth constituency.

Cherilyn Mackrory was elected as the new Conservative MP for the area.

She said: "I am so privileged and honoured that people have put their trust in me.

"I promise to do my best and have lots of positive energy and if people need help genuinely they should come and see me."

Cherilyn has taken over from Sarah Newton after she decided not to stand for re-election.

The result saw the Conservatives take 27,237 and hold the seat. In second place was Labour’s Jennifer Forbes with 22,676 votes.

The turnout in Truro and Falmouth was high at 77%, marginally higher than the 75.8% in 2017. In total 59,354 votes were cast.

Camborne and Redruth:

Next to declare was Camborne and Redruth where George Eustice held onto his seat and boosted his majority to 8,000.

He said: "A lot of Labour supporters who never voted for Conservatives in their lives have turned to us because they are fed up with nothing being done about Brexit. They didn’t want another hung parliament and wanted to end this sorry saga. They’ve now done that.”

He added: "Elections are always close here in Camborne and Redruth but we now have a clear result. This is a decisive moment for our country, get Brexit done and move on."

St Austell and Newquay:

In St Austell and Newquay Conservative MP Steve Double held onto his seat and continued a trend for increasing his majority.

He picked up 31,273 votes – far ahead of nearest rival Labour candidate Felicity Owen on 14,747. Mr Double now has a majority of 16,526.

He said: "It goes beyond our expectations and I am absolutely delighted.

"I am surprised, I was confident of winning but to see such an increase in the share of the vote is a very pleasant surprise and I am incredibly grateful to everyone who voted for me."

Mr Double said he was clear that voters he spoke to wanted to “get Brexit done, so that other issues could be tackled.

North Cornwall:

Scott Mann, MP for North Cornwall, was also re-elected and again increased his share of the vote and his majority.

He secured 30,671 votes way ahead of Lib Dem candidate Danny Chambers on 15,919.

Mr Mann said after the result was announced: “I feel very vindicated this evening for supporting the Brexit referendum and for voting to leave and for supporting Boris Johnson.

"From my point of view I think that the people of North Cornwall have had their say again and it’s time for us to get on with delivering Brexit in January and bring the country forward."

South East Cornwall:

In South East Cornwall Sheryll Murray was also re-elected taking 31,807 which gives her a massive 20,971 majority.

In Parliament Sheryll has worked in the Departments of Culture, Media & Sport; Energy & Climate Change and Environment, Food & Rural Affairs as a Parliamentary Private Secretary.

Sheryll was a member of the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Committee and served on the 1922 Executive.

She was also the Co-Chairman of the All Party Fisheries Group and steered two Private Members Bill successfully through Parliament namely the Marine Navigation Act 2013 and the Deep Sea Mining Act 2014.

St Ives:

The only constituency in Cornwall still waiting to declare is St Ives, which will be the last in the UK.

It is expected to be a two-way battle between Conservative candidate Derek Thomas and Lib Dem candidate Andrew George.

But bad weather has hampered the ballots being transferred on the Isles of Scilly. At one point, a Navy helicopter was on standby.

st ives

The count has now been suspended until Friday afternoon.

Pirate FM will bring you more updates as we get them on our live blog.

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