General Election 2017: Jacob Rees-Mogg retains North East Somerset

By Chew Valley Gazette in Politics

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has retained his constituency of North East Somerset for the third election in a row.

Mr Rees-Mogg who grew up in Ston Easton and Hinton Blewett and now lives in West Harptree with his young family, secured the seat with 53.5% of the vote.

With 3.9 per cent more people voting for Mr Rees-Mogg in yesterday’s election than in 2015, it would seem that local support for the MP has also increased since the last General Election.

Labour also saw their support increase. Robin Moss, leader of the Labour opposition at Bath & North East Somerset Council improved Labour’s standing in the area securing 9.9 per cent more votes in this election than the 2015 Labour candidate Todd Morgan managed.

The Green Party was the only party in North East Somerset to see a decline in votes, with the Chew Valley’s Sally Calverley receiving 3.2 per cent less votes for the Green Party than the Katy Boyce managed in 2015.

Commenting after the results were announced Jacob Rees-Mogg who has a 10,000 plus majority in the constituency reflected on the Conservative’s overall minority by saying "“It’s not a disaster, but it’s not as good as it could’ve been,” he added.

During campaigning Mr Rees-Mogg had said the aim of this election was to gain a majority to strengthen Theresa May’s hand in the Brexit negotiations. Whilst he secured a 10,000 plus majority in North East Somerset for the Conservatives, nationally the party has not been fortunate. The election ended with a hung parliament with the Conservatives securing 319 seats of which North East Somerset, North Somerset, Mendip (Wells) and Weston-super-Mare were four whilst Labour increased their hold to 216 seats.

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