Andrew increases majority tenfold as Pudsey remains Conservative

Conservative candidate Stuart Andrew won back his Pudsey seat with an increased majority.

Friday, 13th December 2019, 7:36 am
Updated Friday, 13th December 2019, 7:37 am

Going into this election, Andrew was defending one of the slimmest Tory majorities in the region, winning by just 331 votes in 2017, but increased his winning margin this time round to more than 3,000 over Labour’s Jane Aitchison.

Speaking at the count at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, he said: “At the last election, I nearly lost this seat, but it was remarkable on the doorstep to hear how many people were voting for us this time.

“Politicians ignore democracy at their peril. It is our job to deliver on that commitment, make sure we get Brexit delivered, then concentrate on those issues that matter.

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Stuart Andrew addresses the count at Leeds Arena.

“The National Health Service, police, and locally we need to make sure we sort out our transport.”

The Pudsey constituency includes the Leeds City Council wards of Calverley and Farsley, Guiseley and Rawdon, Horsforth, and Pudsey.

The seat had traditionally been a Conservative stronghold until 1997, when it was taken for Labour by Paul Truswell. Truswell retired in 2010, and the seat was taken back for the tories by Stuart Andrew.

Going into this election, Andrew sat on one of the slimmest majorities in the region – just 331 ahead of nearest challenger, Labour’s Ian McCargo at the 2017 vote.

RESULTS

Labour – Jane Aitchison: 22,936

Conservative – Stuart Andrew: 26,454

Yorkshire Party – Bob Buxton: 844

Green – Quinn Daley: 894

Liberal Democrats – Ian Dowling: 3,088