Sir Henry Bellingham ‘humbled’ by his victory in North West Norfolk

North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

The Conservatives have retained the North West Norfolk constituency with an overwhelming majority.

Sir Henry Bellingham, who has held on to the seat for 30 years, gained 29,408 votes, almost double that of Labour, with Jo Rust receiving 15,620.

Mr Bellingham said: 'We've always thought it as a marginal seat so we've always campaigned to get every single vote.

'And seeing those votes stacking up is very humbling and I'm deeply grateful to those people who trust in me.'

Mrs Rust said she was disappointed with the result, adding: 'We knew that we had a mountain to climb here.

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Liberal Democrat's Rupert Moss-Eccardt received 1,393 votes, Green Party's Michael de Whalley 851 and UKIP's Michael Stone 1,539.

Turnout at this year's election has gone up to 67.8pc compared to 65.4pc in 2015.

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