Tories win Pendle

The Conservatives have held on to the Pendle seat at the General Election.

The party’s candidate, the sitting MP Andrew Stephenson, topped the poll with .20,978 votes, giving him a majority of .5,453 over Labour’s Azhar Ali, who polled 15,525.

Andrew Stephenson celebrates his victory in Pendle

Andrew Stephenson celebrates his victory in Pendle

At the 2010 election, Mr Stephenson won the seat for the Conservatives with a majority of 3,585 over the long-serving Labour MP Gordon Prentice.

UKIP’s Mick Waddington finished third with 5,415 votes, .Graham Roach was fourth for the Liberal Democrats with 1,487 and the Green Party’s Laura Fisk was fifth with .1,043 .

The turnout was 69.14%

Mr Stephenson said that when he was elected as MP for Pendle in 2010, it was the greatest honour of his life.

He said he was overwhelmed by his success and thanked the people of Pendle for putting thir trust in him to serve the local community,.

“Whichever party you support, I am here for you,” he said.

Mr Ali said that people had chosen not to back Labour’s fight over the NHS but pledged to continue to fight for local people against cuts.