Kingswood elects Chris after a 71 per cent turnout
Published on: 08 Jun 2015
KINGSWOOD lived up to its reputation as being one of the key seats in determining the outcome of the general election.
Conservative Chris Skidmore retained the seat as his party leader David Cameron swept into power as leader of a majority Government after the 2015 poll.
The constituency had been predicted to be a close battle and both major parties brought in political heavyweights during the election campaign.
But in the end Mr Skidmore, who was first elected in 2010 when he defeated Labour’s Roger Berry, won with a 9,000-seat majority. The turnout was 71 per cent.
He said after the count at the Grange School that he was honoured to have been chosen to represent the people of Kingswood for a second term.
Mr Skidmore, 33, who lives in the constituency with his wife Lydia and baby daughter Clementine, told the Voice that his priorities for the next five years would be jobs, protecting the green belt, transport improvements including the M4 link, investment in schools and childcare and better healthcare, including the promised minor injuries unit at Cossham Hospital.
UKIP’s Duncan Odgers finished in third place with 7,133 votes. Eight candidates contested the seat.
Jo McCarron, Labour 14,246
Duncan Odgers, UKIP 7,133
Adam Boyden, Lib Dem, 1827
Cezara Nanu, Green, 1370
Julie Lake, BNP 164
Richard Worth, TUSC, 84
Liam Bryan, Vapers in Power, 49