VOTERS across Worcester have re-elected Conservative Robin Walker as the city’s Member of Parliament.
Mr Walker retained the seat first won in 2010 with almost 3,000 more votes and an increased majority of 5,646 over Labour’s Joy Squires.
The Conservative MP polled 22,534 votes while Labour added a disappointing 512 votes to their 2010 tally as Joy Squires polled 16,888 in second place.
UKIP finished third as James Goad polled 6,378 votes while the Green Party finished fourth as candidate Louis Stephen received 2,024 votes.
It was a disappointing night for the Liberal Democrats and candidate Federica Smith who polled just 1,677 votes – down from 9,525 in 2010.
TUSC candidate Pete McNally polled 153 votes and Independent Mark Shuker collected 69 votes.
Speaking after the result, Mr Walker told the Observer he was delighted with the outcome and paid tribute to local Conservatives for their support and dedication.
“I’m thrilled by the result, but I never thought it would be so emphatic,” he said.
“It’s a real positive vote of confidence in me. It really means a lot to me and I will serve each and every resident of this great city.
“I think what we have seen tonight is the Labour vote in the city is holding up well but more importantly the Conservative vote has grown.
“We have shown we can be trusted with the economy, trusted with the big issues such as school funding which I am passionate about,” he added.
Labour’s failure in Worcester summed up a miserable night for the party which failed to make ground in Worcestershire and other target areas.
“Congratulations to Robin Walker, I think it was a good campaign by every party.
“Obviously I am disappointed with the result but looking at the results across the country the same seems to be happening as is happening in Worcester
“I always said we would face a challenge in Worcester and we have seen that here tonight
“I am very grateful to all those who put their trust in me and we will carry on fighting for all those in Worcester,” she added.
The rise of the Green Party continued with a respectable fourth place finish and candidate Louis Stephen said he was pleased with the outcome
Robin Walker – Conservative – 22,534
Joy Squires – Labour – 16,888
James Goad – UKIP – 6,378
Louis Stephen – Green Party – 2,024
Federica Smith – Liberal Democrats – 1,677
Pete McNally – Trade Union and Socialist Coalition – 153
Mark Shuker – Independent – 69