Bath has woken up with Ben Howlett, Conservative, as the new MP for the city after the results of yesterday’s election were announced in the early hours of this morning.
Ben Howlett won with 17,833 votes in the count, with his rival Steve Bradley (Lib Dem) receiving 14,000.
Howlett will now take the place of Liberal Democrat MP Don Foster who has now retired after holding the seat since 1992.
The results of the constituency were announced at 4.41am this morning.
Mr Howlett unveiled a six-point plan for the Bath area when he was campaigning for the seat, which includes:
- Championing local NHS services;
- Working to resolved transport issues across the city;
- Ensuring more affordable homes;
- Protecting local services and tackling wasteful spending;
- Supporting small businesses;
- Giving a boost to Bath’s talent via local education.
The election had a turnout of 47,167 people, which is high at 77.5% of those eligible across Bath.
The full results were as follows:
- Ben Howlett (Conservative) – 17,833 (37.8%)
- Steve Bradley (Liberal Democrats) – 14,000 (29.7%)
- Ollie Middleton (Labour) – 6,216 (13.2%)
- Dominic Tristram (Green) – 5,634 (11.9%)
- Julian Deverell (UKIP) – 2,922 (6.2%)
- Loraine Morgan-Brinkhurst (Independent) – 499 (1.1%)
- Jenny Knight (English Democrats) – 63 (0.1%)
— Sky News Elections (@skyelections) May 8, 2015