GENERAL ELECTION 2017: Tense moments for Labour and Conservatives, along with optimism from the Green Party

Count is underway for the general election 2017 at One Leisure, St Ives.

Count is underway for the general election 2017 at One Leisure, St Ives. - Credit: Archant

The polls have closed across Huntingdonshire and counting is underway to determine who will be declared the MP for Huntingdon.

This election is a rematch of 2015 with Conservative’s Jonathan Djanogly battling against Labour’s Dr Nik Johnson.

Mr Djanogly won the seat only two years ago with a majority of more than 19,000 but Dr Johnson has already admitted that he believes he has reduced that majority.

Dr Nik Johnson told The Hunts Post: “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.”

On the doorsteps of constituents and at hustings Dr Johnson has said that some of biggest issues were social care, the dementia tax and the NHS.

Jonathan Djanogly has said that although this campaign has been short he feels it has been a very strong campaign,

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“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,” said Mr Djanogly.

“I feel this result will be slightly stronger than in 2015 the feel from canvassing that the UKIP vote disappeared on the doorstep. I am hoping to get, in percentage term, slightly more of a majority than I got last time.”

Mr Djanogly added that Brexit was the main issue for those who he spoke to during the campaign as many were surprised following the referendum last year.

Surprisingly also backing Labour, but still hoping he will be able to maintain or better his 2015 position is the Green Party candidate Tom Maclennan.

Mr Maclennan said: “So far it looks optimistic for the party and it is a very different feeling from two years ago. The campaign has been very low key for us due to the fact that none of us were prepared for it.

“The hustings went very well, I like debating politics with people. Overall more people were listening to our policies.”

On the doorsteps Mr Maclannen said that people expressed their concern about Brexit.

Mr Maclannen added that he believes Jeremy Corbyn will be able to guide the British people through the chaos of Brexit negotiations.

As for UKIP’s Paul Bullen he believes that Dr Johnson will cut Mr Djanogly’s majority.

Also in the running for the seat is Liberal Democrat’s Rod Cantrill.

The vote at One Leisure, in St Ives, is expected to be declared at around 3am.