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Conservative Alex Chalk wins Cheltenham in the General Election 2015

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Conservative Alex Chalk wins Cheltenham in the General Election 2015

Alex Chalk and the Conservatives scored a stunning victory in Cheltenham this morning as they turned the town blue for the first time in 23 years.

A dismal night nationally for the Liberal Democrats saw Martin Horwood lose the seat he had held for a decade with Mr Chalk winning by 24,790 votes to 18,274.

Mr Chalk, Cheltenham's new MP, told the Echo: "I am bowled over by winning.

"It is the greatest honour and privilege of my life but I am acutely conscious of the responsibility that comes with it.

"It is really not a time for triumphalism but for sober acknowledgement of the tasks that are yet to be fulfilled."

Mr Horwood had told the Echo earlier in the evening before the results were announced that he believed he had lost his seat.

He said: "It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the people of Cheltenham as their MP for 10 years.

"We have achieved a lot together and it would have been great to have had the opportunity to achieve more but we were up against a political tsunami."

Mr Horwood thanked his parliamentary and constituency teams for all of their hard work and all of Cheltenham for "placing their trust in me for 10 years".

He also thanked his "volunteer army" for standing up to the Conservative's "professional marketing operation".

He described his party's national results as "devastating".

Labour's Paul Gilbert came in third place with 3,902 votes, narrowly ahead of UKIP's Christina Simmonds who finished with 3,808 votes.

The Green candidate Adam Van Coevorden won 2,689 votes.

He said he was "pleased" to have kept his deposit.

On Mr Chalk's victory, he said: "It is quite a resounding result. The people of Cheltenham have had their chance to speak."

The independent candidate Richard Lupson-Darnell finished with 272 votes.

He said: "It's humbling and it is very, very special. I am the only person that will know that.

"Giving people that outlet and that option is a special thing.

"My impact has far exceeded what has happened numerically."

Turnout at the 2015 General Election in Cheltenham was 69.66 per cent, up slightly on 2010.

Martin Horwood won a 4,920 vote majority in 2010.

The Conservatives also won a Cheltenham Borough Council by-election tonight, with Louis Savage holding Battledown for the party.

Full results:

Alex Chalk, Conservative: 24,790

Paul Gilbert, Labour: 3,902

Martin Horwood, Lib Dem: 18,274

Richard Lupson-Darnell, Ind: 272

Christina Simmonds, UKIP: 3,808

Adam Van Coevorden, Green: 2,689

Conservative gain.

Photo caption: Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham.

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