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GE2017: The West Country Winners - East Cornwall

The Conservatives claimed all six seats in Cornwall, Nick Smith has a round up from the count at St Austell.

Those waiting for the declarations in the St Austell & Newquay, South East Cornwall and North Cornwall seats were made to wait until the morning rush hour and beyond to learn the final results.

Conservative Steve Double celebrates holding his seat of St Austell & Newquay. Credit: ITV News Westcountry

The first of the three to declare was St Austell & Newquay, with the Tories holding strong, and the Liberal Democrat vote falling behind Labour for the first time in decades.

The Labour Candidate Keith Neil feels it represents a shift in the political climate in Cornwall:

It was Steve Double who held the seat from the Conservatives, after claiming it in 2015.

He did express concern for losses his party suffered elsewhere in the country, saying the Tories needed to speak to voters to find out what went wrong:

St Austell & Newquay - Full results:

  • Steve Double, Conservative - 26,856 (Majority: 11,142, swing: 9.3%)
  • Steve Gilbert, Liberal Democrat - 11,642
  • Kevin Neil, Labour - 15,714
The change to a smaller venue of a leisure centre in Polkyth meant counting was affected due to only a limited number being able to fit in the building. Credit: ITV News Westcountry

In South East Cornwall, we saw another Lib Dem candidate falling into third place behind Labour, with Sheryll Murray taking the biggest Conservative majority in the county:

North Cornwall was almost the last seat to declare in the entire country.

It was a long night for Scott Mann, the Conservative candidate who held the seat he won back in 2015 with an increased majority.

As the clock approached 10:00, he was relieved his count was finally over:

South East Cornwall - Full results:

  • Martin Corney, Green - 1,335
  • Gareth Derrick, Labour - 12,050
  • Phil Hutty, Liberal Democrat - 10,336
  • Sheryll Murray, Conservative - 29,493 (Majority: 17,443, swing: 4.9%)

North Cornwall was almost the last seat to declare in the entire country. IT was a long night for Scott Mann, the Conservative candidate who held the seat he won back in 2015 with an increased majority:

While Liberal Democrat candidate Dan Rogerson failed to win the seat that he lost to Mann back in 2015. He remained philosophical, and believes he may be fighting in another general election again in the not too distant future:

North Cornwall - Full results:

  • John Allman, Christian Peoples Alliance
  • Joy Bassett, Labour - 6,151
  • Robert Hawkins, Socialist Labour Party
  • Scott Mann, Conservative - 28,835 (majority:7,200, swing: 5.8%)
  • Dan Rogerson, Liberal Democrat - 18,635

You can read the Cornwall results in full here.

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