UPDATED: ON a bad night for the party across many parts of the country Labour lost in Warrington South while holding on in the North with a vastly reduced majority.
Conservative Andy Carter defeated Labour’s Faisal Rashid, who had been MP for the past two years by a majority of 2010.
Speaking after his victory Andy said: “It has been a whirlwind six weeks campaigning across the whole of Warrington South speaking to thousands of people and I am delighted they have put their trust in me.
“We have now got to get on and deliver Brexit.”
He added that one of his priorities, following feedback on the doorstep, was protecting the green belt in Warrington South.
Meanwhile in the North Charlotte Nichols held off a strong challenge from Conservative Wendy Maisey with a majority of just 1,509 compared to a Labour majority of over 9,000 when Helen Jones was last elected in 2017.
Charlotte said she was “over the moon” after holding the seat of former Warrington North MP Helen Jones, who had reprsented the area for 22 years before announcing her retirement ahead of the snap General Election.
She said she wasn’t taking any ones votes for granted following a tough election campaign.
“My priority here is for the people of Warrington North. I will be getting back out meeting people and speaking to them to see what they want me to deliver for the area.”
Turn out in Warrington North: 64.85 pc
Turn out Warrington South 72.1
Aspinall, Clare (Brexit Party) 1,635
Bate, Ryan (Liberal Democrats) 5,732
Carter, Andy (Conservative) 28,187
Hickson, Kevin (Social Democratic Party) 168
Rashid, Faisal (Labour) 26,177
Babade, Elizabeth (Brexit Party) 2,626
Crowther, David (Liberal Democrats) 3,071
Maisey, Wendy (Conservative) 19,102
McAteer, Lyndsay (Green Party) 1,257
Nichols, Charlotte (Labour). 20,611
Here at the count for @warringtonworld – look out for the results around 3am #warringtonnorth and 3.30am #warringtonsouth – all the ballot boxes are in 🗳👍🏻https://t.co/pr2Ja1uBw5 pic.twitter.com/mYMDSx3SUG
— Gary Skentelbery (@GarySkent) December 12, 2019
I would like to thank everyone who voted for me and supported me. I am sorry that I could not win however one thing you can be proud of is that we run a clean, honest and transparent campaign in Warrington South.
— Faisal Rashid (@FaisalRashidMP) December 13, 2019
Thank you so much to the people of #Warrington South for electing me as your MP.
It’s truly the greatest honour that can be bestowed on anyone.
I will represent every one in every part of this brilliant constituency.
Thank you pic.twitter.com/wkfFffaa8k
— Andy Carter (@MrAndy_Carter) December 13, 2019
I give my firm commitment to the people of Warrington North who have put their faith in me that I will never stop fighting your corner. It’s the honour of my life to be your newly elected MP. It’s been a whirlwind few weeks, but the real work starts now 💪 https://t.co/Ztyz1tgPwJ
— Charlotte Nichols (@charlotte2153) December 13, 2019
Thankyou to all the lovely people of Warrington north . It was close and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. pic.twitter.com/Cz50nJUq25
— Wendy Maisey (@WendyMaisey) December 13, 2019