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Election 2017: Keith Simpson holds Broadland seat

PUBLISHED: 06:08 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 06:08 09 June 2017

Conservative Keith Simpson held his Broadland seat. Photo: Luke Powell

Conservative Keith Simpson held his Broadland seat. Photo: Luke Powell

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Conservative Keith Simpson said he had “bucked a trend” as he retained his majority to hold his Broadland seat.

The 68-year-old secured 32,406 votes - almost twice as many as his closest rival, Labour candidate Iain Simpson.

Mr Simpson, who has been the MP for Broadland since 2010, said he was “delighted” at being re-elected.

But he described the results of the election so far as being “most peculiar”, adding that at one point during the night he expected his majority to go down.

“I seem to have bucked a trend in that my majority is quite the same,” he said. “Labour has come back through again, and the Liberal Democrats and UKIP have dropped off.”

Iain Simpson, for Labour, received 16,590 votes, Liberal Democrat Steve Riley won 4,449 votes, UKIP’s David Moreland received 1,594 votes and Green Party candidate Andrew Boswell took 392 votes.

Mr Simpson, for Labour, said the Broadland seat was always going to be a “huge stretch” for the party.

He added: “The Labour vote has increased by more than 50pc, and I really think that is testament to the work of the Labour activists.”

Labour received 9,970 votes in the 2015 election.

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