General Election 2015: Conservative Jeremy Lefroy holds seat in Stafford

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A joyous Jeremy Lefroy has held onto his seat in Stafford for the Conservative party after fives years as the constituency’s MP.

Mr Lefroy polled 23,606 votes in the General Election with a majority of 9,117.

This General Election saw him win a majority by 3,657 more than 2010.

He saw off competition from Labour candidate Kate Godfrey who polled 14,429 votes and the UKIP candidate Ed Whitfield who polled 6,293 votes.

National Health Action Party candidate Karen Howell polled 1,701 votes and Liberal Democrat Keith Miller received 1,348 and Green Party candidate Mike Shone polled 1,390 votes.

A victorious Mr Lefroy said: “I thought I had a chance but I thought it would be very close, I was quite surprised by the size of the majority.

“What I was particularly pleased about was that I actually received the support of more voters in this election then I did in the previous election, which is encouraging.”

Vote turnout for Stafford was 71. 23%.

Mr Lefroy has served as a cabinet member for resources in Newcastle-under-Lyme before fighting the 2005 General Election in the seat. He was selected for Stafford constituency in 2007 and was elected MP in 2010.

He has served on the International Development Selected Committee, and on the Health and Social Care Bill Committee.

He said: “We live in a world where the economy is fragile, we could be faced with difficulties in the UK despite the strength of our economy, what we need is a period of stable government ensuring steady fair growth and that’s what I want to do.

“I also want to look wider at the long-term future of health and social care and work together with other parties. I’ve suggested during the course of this campaign that we need to use this Parliament to really come up with a long term solution for health and social care in the UK.”

Kate Godfrey had also spoke out earlier of the importance of supporting health care in Stafford she said: “It’s really important that we protect the hospital, but we know people vote on a national issues not local, and my heart will break for the hospital.”

“We always knew that the size of Jeremy Lefroy’s majority meant this was not a target seat for labour but what we are seeing are signs that we’ve done much better here than across the rest of the midlands, and that’s probably because of the hospital.”

UKIP candidate Ed Whitfield said: “Last time the party had 1,700 and the party went dead, it got reconstituted about last September from a standing start I’ve got over 6000 which is a clear third, I am pleased with that result.

“It’s a platform in which we can build for the future.”

UKIP leader Nigel Farage was defeated in Thanet South this morning.

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