Conservative David Lidington has retained the Aylesbury seat after gaining more than half of votes cast in Thursday’s general election.
On what appears to be a good night for the Conservatives, Mr Lidington, who has been Aylesbury MP since 1992, won 28,083 votes, getting the nod from 50.7% of electors, down 1.5% on 2010.
UKIP’s vote was up 12.9%, with its candidate Chris Adams securing 10,925 votes, while Labour’s Will Cass moved to third with 8,391 votes.
Mirroring events across the county, the Lib Dems were the night’s biggest losers, with Steven Lambert’s share of the vote falling by 17.8%, dropping him down to fourth, while the Greens’ David Lyons was fifth.
Turnout was 68%.
Mr Lidington said: “It is a privilege and an honour to be re-elected to serve a sixth term as member of parliament for this constituency and I again commit myself to working on behalf of every constituent no matter how he or she may have voted and no matter what views he or she may hold.
“It looks like it has been a good evening for the Conservative Party in this country but I think it’s important too that our party recognises we have tonight been entrusted with many votes from people who were willing to give us a further chance but who want to see us pursue objectives that very clearly are serving the common good of people from all parts of our country and all parts of society.
“I am committed to doing whatever I can to help ensure that a successful economy bears fruit to benefit everyone in this country and to seek to bring about reconciliation, respect and unity amongst the diverse range of people who live in Aylesbury and in the United Kingdom.”
UKIP’s Mr Adams said Mr Lidington was an ‘absolutely fantastic MP’ and a ‘friend’.
He added: “I am pleased I have come second. I came fourth last time (in 2010) and so UKIP is going up in the world in the Aylesbury constituency so if I meet you again in five years time we can have another little battle if I get chosen again.”
I am committed to doing whatever I can to help ensure that a successful economy bears fruit to benefit everyone in this country and to seek to bring about reconciliation, respect and unity amongst the diverse range of people who live in Aylesbury and in the United KingdomDavid Lidington
His agent Phil Yerby had earlier said they had been hit by people voting Conservative because they feared the possibility of an SNP-Labour partnership in government. He also admitted that UKIP’s opposition to HS2 had not been as bigger vote winner as they had hoped.
Mr Cass said Labour was now the biggest ‘progressive’ party in Aylesbury.
In his speech he said: “Labour is now the third party in town and that says something about what our team has been doing and what going to be doing over next five years as well. So bring it on, thank you.”
Mr Lambert said: “I’m not going to pretend to say that this is an easy speech or it’s been an easy night for the Lib Democrats. Congratulations to David (Lidington). Well done.
“Over the last five years (the Lib Dems in government) have delivered a lot. Everything from equal marriage, which I’m very proud of and I can marry my husband. 4,400 primary school children in Aylesbury have benefited from the Liberal Democrats in government, £7.1m to help our struggling children. All these things make a difference and I am proud to be part of that difference.The Liberal Democrat bird will rise like a phoenix in Aylesbury.”
The Greens’ David Lyons said: “Some say the Greens are on a 50 year project. They assume that our rise is linear but the Green surge is exponential so I would ask the candidates here, look out next time.”
David Lidington (Conservative): 28,083
Chris Adams (UKIP): 10,925
William Cass (Labour): 8,391
Steven lambert (Lib Dems): 5,885
David Lyons (The Green Party): 2.135