Former MP for Bournemouth West, Conservative candidate Conor Burns, is hoping to be re-elected in tonight’s vote count.
Burns, who was first elected for the seat in the 2010 election, feels that the results so far are very promising for his party.
He said: “It’s looking really encouraging so far.
“I’ve seen enough elections over my lifetime go wrong.
“I’d like to see a few more results come in to confirm that we are experiencing some sort of trend, but the early signs are really encouraging.”
Despite the general assumption that Bournemouth West is a safe seat for the Tories, Mr Burns believes that there is “no such thing as a safe seat,” and has worked hard over the past five years to ensure his best chances for re-election.
In terms of the student vote, he insists that his priorities lay not only with permanent Bournemouth West residents, but with those who choose to study in this constituency.
He stated: “Every week I think I’ve been on campus, and I think I’ve done literally hundreds of interviews for undergraduates in the last five years.”
With the Liberal Democrats currently trailing significantly behind the Tories, Mr Burns has backed fellow Conservative Michael Tomlinson, and is confident that the possibility of a completely blue Bournemouth is growing ever more likely.
In response to polls released by UKIP, Mr Burns was quick to dismiss their validity.
He commented: “All I would say to the UKIP guys, it looks from what I’m hearing that the count in Bournemouth West, their’s is as rogue a poll as the ones we’ve seen in the rest of the UK.”
The result for the Bournemouth West constituency is set to be released during the upcoming hours.