Conservative Anna Soubry has defied the polls and kept hold of Broxtowe with a stable majority of 45.2 per cent.
Broxtowe’s ballot count was unveiled at 5am this morning, with the Conservative comfortably winning the highly marginal seat, described as one of the key battlegrounds in this election, increasing her majority from 389 to 4,287.
Ms Soubry said: “I’m obviously very pleased to have kept the seat and to have received a majority of over 4,000.”
But the campaign doesn’t stop there, as she continued: “I’m certainly going to campaign to save our greenbelt and to support our great towns like Kimberley.”
Runner-up Nick Palmer said: “Obviously congratulations to Anna for a very successful result. I think basically all of us who took a different view need to look forward and work to provide a constructive alternative to the conservatives that attracts more support next time round.”
And with the count for the local elections still to come, outcomes for the borough and parish elections are anticipated throughout the afternoon.
Mr Palmer added: “In Kimberley in particular I hope that whatever the results today people can get over the quarrels and disputes which have made life so difficult in Kimberley politics in the last few years, and work together in the community.”
In Ashfield Gloria De Piero held onto the seat with a majority of around 9,000
Conservative Helen Harrison was second with 10,628 votes and UKIP’s Simon Ashcroft third with 10,150, beating the Liberal Democrat’s Philip Smith.