Jack Lopresti re-elected for fourth term as MP

Posted on Wednesday 18th December 2019 at 9:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti MP.

Conservative Jack Lopresti has been re-elected as member of parliament for the constituency of Filton and Bradley Stoke, registering his fourth successive victory at the ballot box.

Mr Lopresti’s share of the vote dropped slightly to 48.9 percent (from 49.8 percent in 2017) but his majority increased from 4,190 to 5,646 (10.5 percent).

Local Labour activists had been hopeful that their candidate Mhairi Threlfall could build on gains made by their party in 2017, but were disappointed to see their share of the vote fall by 3.3 percentage points to 38.4 percent, reflecting a swing seen across the country.

Liberal Democrat candidate Louise Harris came a distant third in the poll on 9.3 percent, albeit managing to register a 3.3 percentage point increase in vote share compared to her party’s poor performance in 2017.

Jenny Vernon, the Green candidate, secured 2.9 percent of the vote. She was a late replacement for her party’s original candidate Tom Meadowcroft, who caused a storm by standing down and throwing his support behind the Labour candidate in a disagreement over his party’s national ‘Remain pact’ with the Liberal Democrats.

The fifth candidate, former Bradley Stoke mayor Elaine Hardwick, standing for the tiny Citizens Movement Party UK which she had formed just a few months ago, attracted just 257 of the 53,752 valid votes cast.

Turnout in the constituency was 72.6 percent, up from 70.2 percent in 2017.

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Lopresti said:

“I felt a real sense on the doorstep that people wanted some clarity. Whether they voted for Brexit or not, they wanted the issue settled.”

He later tweeted:

“A great honour and privilege to be re-elected to serve our local community and country in parliament for the fourth time. Thanks to everyone for their trust and continued support. I will honour and deliver on it.”

“Our mandate is clear: Move forward, deliver Brexit and unite the country.”

Full result:

  1. Jack Lopresti (Conservative Party) – 26,293 [48.9%; -1.1%]
  2. Mhairi Threlfall (Labour Party) – 20,647 [38.4%; -3.3%]
  3. Louise Harris (Liberal Democrats) – 4,992 [9.3%; +3.3%]
  4. Jenny Vernon (Green Party) – 1,563 [2.9%; +0.6%]
  5. Elaine Hardwick (Citizens Movement Party UK) – 257 [0.5%]

Note: Delta (±) percentages are percentage point changes in vote share for the candidate’s party compared to 2017.

Photo: Archive image of Jack Lopresti speaking in parliament.

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