Lopresti and Skidmore back at Westminster

Published on: 23 Jun 2017

SOUTH Gloucestershire has retained its three Conservative MPs following  the snap general election.

Jack Lopresti, Chris Skidmore and Luke Hall are all back at Westminster as part of Theresa May's depleted Tory party.

Mr Lopresti, whose constituency of Filton and Bradley Stoke includes Downend, saw his majority halved as he beagt Labour's Naomi Rylatt by 4,182 votes.

Mr Skidmore, whose closest challenger in the Kingswood seat was Bristol Labour councillor Mhairi Threlfall, also had a reduced majority - down from 9,000 in 2015 to 7,500.

Mr Hall, who had a surprise victory over longserving Lib Dem MP Steve Webb two years ago, had a comfortable majority of 10,000 over Councillor Claire Young, who fought the seat for the Lib Dems this time around.  

All four Bristol constituencies returned Labour MPs. Bristol East's Kerry McCarthy increased her majority and Darren Jones had a surprise result in Bristol North West, taking the seat from Conservative Charlotte Leslie.

In Bristol West, which had been targeted by the Greens, Thangam Debbonaire had a 37,336 majority - one of the biggest in the country - while in Bristol South Karen Smith held the seat, gaining an extra 13,000 votes.

Conservative Jacob Ress-Mogg kept his seat of Bath and North East Somerset but the Liberal Democracts were successful in taking Bath from the Tories.

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