VIDEO: Conservative Victoria Atkins wins Louth and Horncastle seat #GE2015

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Conservative candidate Victoria Atkins has won the Louth and Horncastle seat.

The Tories hold on to the seat once again following the retirement of Father of the House Sir Peter Tapsell.

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Ms Atkins said: “I am delighted with the win and an increase in majority.

“I look forward to representing Louth and Horncastle.

“I will do my best to make sure the constituency has a loud voice in Westminster.”

Ms Atkins faced some criticism as she only moved to the constituency after being selected as the Conservative candidate but fought off competition from Lincolnshire UKIP county councillor Colin Mair, Labour’s Matt Brown, Monster Raving Looney Party’s Peter Hill, The Greens Romy Raynor, Lincolnshire Independent Daniel Simpson and Lib Dem Lisa Gabriel.

“I will do my best to make sure the constituency has a loud voice in Westminster.”

Victoria Atkins

Ms Atkins added: “The sky is blue outside over Louth and Horncastle and the sky is blue and bluer over the country.

“Today is a special day with the 70th anniversary of VE Day. Just when the landscape of Louth and Horncastle shows what the people did to help this great country to win this battle for freedom, announcing the result of the General Election this morning is a very fulfilling way to pay tribute to that freedom we enjoy today.

“The first thing I will do in the constituency is to set up the constituency commission which will take evidence over the summer and autumn from members of the public. This will be things that concern them and coming up with ideas and solutions and use that to have a voice in Westminster.”

Accepting defeat, Mr Mair said: “I am pleased with second place considering the late surge in support for the Conservatives nationally.

Colin Mair (UKIP) views the count'Louth and Horncastle Constituency

Colin Mair (UKIP) views the count'Louth and Horncastle Constituency

“It was a good campaign and I have no regrets.

“We have made an impact and we can build on that.”

Matthew Brown said: “I am slightly disappointed to finish in third place but I’m pleased to have increased the Labour share of the vote.

“Nationally, we (Labour) have to regroup, perhaps under a new leader.

“I’d like to thank everyone who supported me and it has made me more determined.”

FULL RESULT:

Atkins (Cons) 25,755 (51.2%)

Mair (UKIP) 10,778 (21.4%)

Brown (Labour) 9,077 (18%)

Gabriel (Lib Dem) 2,255 (4.5%)

Rayner (Green) 1,549 (1.3%)

Simpson (Lincolnshire Independent) 659 (1.3%)

Hill (Monster Raving Looney) 263 (0.5)