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All Conservative result for Cornwall

All Conservative result for Cornwall

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Richard Whitehouse and Pirate FM staff  at 3:08pm 13th December 2019. (Updated at 8:12am 14th December 2019)

Cornwall has remained true blue after Conservatives swept to victory in seats across the Duchy.

With all six seats declared, the Tories have increased their share in all of them.

St Ives became the Liberal Democrats' best hope of regaining a toehold, but the final result was announced on Friday afternoon, confirming that Andrew George had failed in his bid to unseat Derek Thomas.

The constituency was the last to declare in the UK, after bad weather stopped votes being collected from the off islands on Scilly.

In Truro it was the Truro and Falmouth seat which declared first with debut candidate Cherilyn Mackrory ensuring the party held onto the seat.

Having been selected as candidate just five weeks ago after previous incumbent Sarah Newton decided not to stand Cherilyn was delighted to be elected.

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.”

MP Cherilyn Mackrory
MP Cherilyn Mackrory takes over from Sarah Newton in Truro and Falmouth

Next to declare was Camborne and Redruth where George Eustice held onto his seat and boosted his majority to a healthy 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.”

George Eustice
George Eustice retains his seat for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle

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.

Steve Double
Steve Double returns as Newquay and St Austell's MP for the Conservatives

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.”

Sheryll Murray
Sheryll Murray has increased her majority for the Conservatives in South East Cornwall

In South East Cornwall Sheryll Murray was also re-elected taking 31,807 which gives her a massive 20,971 majority.
The election has been bad for the Liberal Democrats in Cornwall with many seats seeing the party pushed back into third place.

In St Ives, Derek Thomas increased his majority from a few hundred to around four thousand - with almost 50% of the vote.

He said: “I set out right from the beginning knowing that it would be a difficult seat to hang on to.

“That is why I campaigned positively for a greener and healthier Cornwall and Scilly, focusing on the things that I have been doing for people in this area and will carry on doing now that I have been re-elected. 

“It is good to know that the people of West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly continue to put their trust in me despite the deluge of Lib-Dem literature they have been receiving.  

“Indeed I have been overwhelmed by the support and good wishes I have received from people from every single part of the constituency during the campaign and am honoured that I will once again represent them in Westminster.

“Above all, I take seriously the democratic will demonstrated by the British people to support Conservative priorities – to get Brexit done, on the UK’s future relationship of trade and co-operation with the EU, on the NHS, schools and policing and for unleashing the potential of our small businesses.”

 

Turnout has been higher across the board with Truro and Falmouth seeing 77% of people going out to cast their vote.

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