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General Election 2019: The Wrekin - Huge majority as Mark Pritchard retains seat for Tories

By Dominic Robertson | Newport | General Election 2019 | Published: | Last Updated:

Conservative Mark Pritchard has been returned as MP for the Wrekin for the fifth time with a massive majority.

Results:

  • Mark Pritchard, Conservative* - 31,029
  • Dylan Harrison, Labour - 12,303
  • Thomas Janke, Lib Dems - 4,067
  • Tim Dawes, Green - 1,491
  • Turnout - 69.45 per cent

Mr Pritchard secured 31,029 votes, well ahead of his nearest rival, Labour’s Dylan Harrison, with 12,303 votes.

Thomas Janke, the Liberal Democrat candidate was third with 4,067 votes, while Tim Dawes secured 1,491 votes for the Green Party.

Mr Pritchard said the focus would now be on delivering on the Conservative manifesto pledges.

He said: “I am honoured and delighted, we can now get Brexit done, and deliver on people’s priorities of the NHS, education, policing, delivering jobs, manufacturing and having a government that represents the interests of rural counties like Shropshire but also the needs of urban areas.”

He added: “I think people wanted their voice heard. They felt they were being ignored. The Conservatives promised to deliver the referendum result and I think this was not just a Brexit election but an election for one nation Conservatism.”

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Mr Harrison said the public had made a clear choice.

Discussions

He said: “I am disappointed. It is a disappointing result nationally, disappointing locally.

“The public have made a clear choice, which is good but unfortunately they have not gone our way.”

Mr Harrison said the Labour Party would need discussions over why its platform was so roundly rejected by the public, but he warned it was likely to be a “long debate”.

He said: “We are going to have to debate that long and hard. I think we are going to have to recognise that and we will have to go for a more moderate approach.”

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