Conservative Mark Pawsey has held on to his seat in Rugby and increased his majority.
Mr Pawsey was elected as MP for Rugby and Bulkington with 24,040 votes. He won the seat in 2010 with a majority of 6,000.
I’d like to see wherever we can to have services for Rugby people supplied at Rugby’s hospitalRugby MP Mark Pawsey
Labour candidate Claire Edwards received 13,695 votes.
The turnout was 68.6 per cent, down compared to the previous General Election where the turnout was 68.9 per cent.
Mr Pawsey said: “I am thrilled with the result and it exceeded my expectations.
“The Conservatives had a good result across the country and we’ve had a particularly good result here in Warwickshire, retaining not only my seat here in Rugby, but also seats in Nuneaton and North Warwickshire. North Warwickshire was one where we felt the situation was particularly challenging because in 2010 we had a majority of just 57 but now it is 3,000.
“We need to make certain that Rugby’s growth is for the benefit of the community as a whole and the new developments create places that people are proud to live in. We need to get the jobs that go hand in hand with the housing and make certain that the new housing provides support for our town centre so we keep a lively and vibrant town with lots of vitality. Additional residents will mean we have a much stronger case for arguing for the return of services to the Hospital of St Cross.”
Mr Pawsey said bringing services back to the town’s hospital would be a key focus over the next few years.
“People in Rugby recognise that when they go to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire they will get a very good service but they don’t like the journey, they don’t like the challenge of getting on to the site and the challenge of parking, so I’d like to see wherever we can to have services for Rugby people supplied at Rugby’s hospital,” he said.
Mr Pawsey added: “I would like to thank people for their vote of confidence. That’s a vote of confidence both to my party for the work we’ve been doing over the past five years and their vote of confidence in me as their representative in Westminster.”
Labour candidate Claire Edwards thanked everyone for their hard work throughout the campaign.
“Congratulations to Mark Pawsey and all the other candidates because standing for election is really hard and I do think we all ran very positive campaigns. However, I do believe the next five years will be very tough for many in Rugby and I am committed to listening to them and working on their behalf wherever possible.
“I was very grateful to be re-elected to serve Newbold and Brownsover and delighted to have been elected unopposed as Leader of the Labour Group on Rugby Borough Council.”