GENERAL ELECTION 2017: Conservatives hold Huntingdon but Jonathan Djanogly’s share is cut by Labour
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Jonathan Djanogly has been re-elected as the MP for Huntingdon but his majority was cut as Labour’s Dr Nik Johnson who increased the party’s share.
Jonathan Djanogly has been re-elected as the MP for Huntingdon but his majority was cut by Labour’s Dr Nik Johnson, who increased the party’s share.
Mr Djanogly was declared winner for the Conservatives after gaining 32,915 votes, securing a 14,475 majority over rival Dr Johnson - compared to 19,404 in 2015.
Conservative members were in a jubilant mood ahead of the constituency result announced at One Leisure, in St Ives, as the party continued its dominance of the Huntingdon seat.
An elated Mr Djanogly, who has served as the Huntingdon MP since 2001, said: “I have enjoyed going round the constituency. We had great response and feedback from the people, who certainly in this part of the country want to see a Conservative government.”
He also thanked his wife and children who have supported him throughout the campaign, along with his election team and the Huntingdonshire Conservative group.
Speaking about what he wants to focus on in the next parliament, Mr Djanogly said: “I want to make sure that we retain the great quality of life we have here and our great public services.
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“This is a great part of the country to live in and for me as MP it is great to have the backing to keep change for the area on course.”
Runner-up Dr Johnson believed that he would take some votes from Mr Djanogly before the declaration.
Dr Johnson said: “I know that I have taken some votes from the Conservatives as people have told me. Locally we have worked very hard and we are now seeing the fruits of our labour – I’ve had the time of my life.”
Liberal Democrat Rod Cantrill, a candidate in the mayoral election for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, polled 5,090 votes pushing into third.
It was bad night for UKIP’s Paul Bullen as his share of the votes decreased from 9,473 in 2015 to only 2,180 in this election, which followed the theme of local council elections in May, when UKIP lost all of its seats on Cambridgeshire County Council.
The Green Party managed just 1,095 votes.
Jonathan Djanogly (Conservative) 32,915
Dr Nik Johnson (Labour Party) 18,440
Rod Cantrill (Liberal Democrats) 5,090
Paul Bullen (UKIP) 2,180
Tom MacLennan (Greens) 1,095
Percentage turnout: 71 per cent