The Conservative party maintain their seat for the North Dorset constituency, with Simon Hoare taking a definitive victory.
Hoare was followed by UKIP’s Steve Unwin, with the Lib Dems’ Hugh Mieville coming third.
Robert Walter has held the Conservative seat since the 1997 General Election, and he was re-elected in 2010 for the fourth time with a much increased majority of 27.640 votes.
In December 2014 he announced that he would no longer be seeking re-election in 2015, and Simon Hoare would be replacing him. Hoare was elected as the Conservative candidate for North Dorset in January 2015. Since that time he has been crossing the constituency, visiting schools, businesses, farmers and hundreds of local residents to discuss local issues and concerns.
The Conservative count came in at: 30, 227
The Lib Dem count came in at: 6,226
The Labour majority came in at: 4,785
The UKIP count came in at: 9,109
The Green Party came in at: 2,038
Hoare’s top priorities for the area include:
- Delivery of better broadband, mobile coverage and road infrastructure
- A growing local economy with good jobs
- Supporting our farmers and rural way of life including vital village services such as pubs, shops and post offices
Our correspondent Magdalena Balenovic spoke to Simon Hoare earlier, when he said he was confident of a Tory victory in this election.