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Henry Bellingham holds North West Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 08:53 08 May 2015 | UPDATED: 16:54 08 May 2015

NW Norfolk Conservative candidate Henry Bellingham raises his hand as he regains his seat. Picture: Matthew Usher.

NW Norfolk Conservative candidate Henry Bellingham raises his hand as he regains his seat. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Henry Bellingham has once again secured the parliamentary seat for North West Norfolk, it has been announced.

NW Norfolk Conservative candidate Henry Bellingham smiles as he regains his seat. Picture: Matthew Usher.NW Norfolk Conservative candidate Henry Bellingham smiles as he regains his seat. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Henry Bellingham has once again secured the parliamentary seat for North West Norfolk, it has been announced.

His Conservative Party supporters clapped and cheered as the results were read out at Lynnsport in King’s Lynn just before 8am this morning.

But it was disappointing result for the Liberal Democrats dropping from second in 2010 to fifth.

In his speech, Mr Bellingham said: “People have put their trust in me, I am honoured and I will do my best to live up to their expectations and serve as their newly elected MP.”

Mr Bellingham secured 24,727 of the votes with a majority of 52% - only slightly lower than the 54% majority at the last general election in 2010.

In second place was Jo Rust, for Labour, with 10,779 votes (22.7?%) – a marked improvement from the party’s 2010 results of 13.3%.

“I would like to thank every single one of the voters who put their faith in the Labour Party as it rebuilds its platform going forward,” she said.

“I look forward to those people coming to me with their issues and I will look forward to solving them with our MP.”

Toby Coke for UKIP was third with the count recording 8,412 votes.

“I would like to wish Henry Bellingham the very best of luck in the next parliament,” he said.

It was a pleasing result for Michael de Whalley of the Green Party, who secured more than twice as many votes (1,780) compared to when he first stood in 2010.

He said: “It is now for us to work together again as a community I think we can do that.”

Mr Lanham chose not to stay to hear the results declared by the Sheriff of Norfolk, Nicholas Julian Hedley Pratt of Ryston. The Liberal Democrats received 1,673 votes, down from 11,106 in 2010.

The turn out for the North West Norfolk constituency was 47, 525 which is calculated at 65.6%

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