Conservative Jack Lopresti has retained his Filton and Bradley Stoke parliamentary seat with an increased majority of 20.0 percent, compared to 14.3 percent in 2010.
Labour’s candidate Ian Boulton finished second with a 26.6 percent share of the vote, slightly up from the 26.4 percent he polled in 2010.
Ben Walker, the UKIP candidate, finished in third place, on 14.8 percent.
The Liberal Democrats’ share of the vote crashed from 25.3 percent in 2010 to 7.3 percent, while the Green Party’s share improved from 0.9 percent to 4.6 percent.
The result was announced at around 5.45am, following a longer than expected count in a very chilly main sports hall at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College’s WISE campus in Stoke Gifford.
The Press Association had earlier published an expected result time of 2.30am, but the initial process of separating the three different types of ballot paper (for parliamentary, district and town/parish elections), which had all been placed into the same ballot boxes at polling stations, had not even been completed by that time.
The turnout was 69.0 percent, compared to 70.0 percent in 2010.
- Jack Lopresti (Conservative) 22,920
- Ian Boulton (Labour) 13,082
- Peter Bruce (Liberal Democrats) 3,581
- Ben Walker (UKIP) 7,261
- Diana Warner (Green Party) 2,257
Focus now turns to the district and town election counts, which take place from 2pm this afternoon (Friday 8th May) in Thornbury. Results are expected to be announced by “late afternoon/early evening”.
Photo: Jack Lopresti makes a speech after being declared the winner.
Related link: Video of the official result announcement (BSJ Facebook)
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