Jack increases majority in Filton and Bradley Stoke constituency

June 08 2015

Voters in Filton and Bradley Stoke echoed the voice of the nation with Tory MP Jack Lopresti triumphing with an increased majority on May 7.

Voters in Filton and Bradley Stoke echoed the voice of the nation with Tory MP Jack Lopresti triumphing with an increased majority on May 7.
Mr Lopresti again locked horns with Labour’s Ian Boulton who in 2010 he had beaten by almost 7,000 votes, and gained an even bigger advantage – 9,838 - this time around.
Returning officer Natalie Carr finally announced the result at 6am – three and a half hours later than had been predicted and in a hall at WISE Campus that had drawn a series of complaints because of the plunging temperature.
She revealed that voter turnout for the seat was 69 per cent – a total of 49, 231 votes. This is one per cent lower than the 2010 election.
Ms Carr announced that Mr Lopresti had received 22,920 votes with Mr Boulton a distant second with 13,082 votes.
Behind them UKIP’s Ben Walker recorded 7,261 votes – a huge increase on the 1,506 secured by John Knight, UKIP’s parliamentary candidate for Filton and Bradley Stoke in 2010.
However Liberal Democrat Pete Bruce registered just 3,581 –a huge loss compared to Peter Tyzack who ran in 2010 for the party and recorded more than 12,000 votes.
Bringing up the rear was Dr Diana Warner of the Green Party with 2,257.
Following his victory Mr Lopresti said he was “honoured” to have been voted in for a second term and delighted by his increased majority. He said he would go and enjoy drink or two in celebration.
“I am honoured and humbled to again be asked to represent the people of Filton and Bradley Stoke,” Mr Lopresti said.
He said that now confirmed again as MP, his priorities were securing jobs for the area through the security and defence review, supporting social mobility – particularly apprenticeships, and continuing to push for a local transport infrastructure with focus on the Metrobus, electrification and the Henbury Loop.
Mr Boulton was gallant in defeat.
“All I can say is I wish (Jack) all the very best for the next five years and I trust he will represent all of us who live here to the best of his ability,” he said.
Mr Walker of UKIP said: “Obviously I would like to have come first but when you think in the last election we got just 1,500 votes, this was a big increase,” he said.

Result
Jack Lopresti, Conservative
22,920
Ian Boulton, Labour
13,082
Ben Walker, UKIP
7,261
Pete Bruce, Lib Dem
3,581
Dr Diana Warner, Green
2,257