Preston has stayed Labour as the Conservatives swept to power with an overall majority in the General Election.Advertisement
Mark Hendrick MP was re-elected for a fifth term and increased his majority in the city.
He polled 56 per cent of the vote (18,755 votes). An increase of 7.8 per cent compared to 2010.
The Conservatives moved into second place with Richard Holden, a former Tory spin doctor, polling 6,688. This gave Hendrick a majority of 12,067.
UKIP surged into third place with a 15 per cent share of the vote, an increase in 10 per cent to 5,139 votes under James Barker.
The Lib Dems collapsed, going from second in 2010 to last behind the Greens. Jo Barton polled 1,244 and Gemma Christie received 1,643 votes to gain fourth.
The turnout in Preston increased slightly, up 3.8 per cent with 33,469 votes cast against 32,505 in 2010.
In Wyre and Preston North the Conservatives saw Ben Wallace re-elected.
Wallace, who was elected in 2010, saw his majority cut by 1693 votes despite seeing his share of the vote increased by 0.8 per cent.
The Liberal Democrats were pushed into fourth as Labour and UKIP surged.
Ben Whittingham, Labour, increased Labour’s vote by 3.5 per cent to 12,377 votes.
UKIP moved into third with Kate Walsh polling 6,577 votes and an 8.4 per cent increase.
John Potter saw a 9,000 fall in the Lib Dems votes.
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