Labour claims victory over Lib Dems in Bristol West

May 08 2015

LABOUR parliamentary candidate Thangam Debbonaire has claimed victory over Bristol West - the seat held for 10 years by Lib Dem Stephen Williams.

LABOUR parliamentary candidate Thangam Debbonaire has claimed victory over Bristol West - the seat held for 10 years by Lib Dem Stephen Williams.

Debbonaire won the majority by 5,673 votes beating Green hopeful Darren Hall.

High hopes were placed on Hall, with the exit poll suggesting that he could be the UK's second Green MP alongside Brighton & Hove's elected member Caroline Lucas.

However, Debbonaire, who lives in Bristol West, came out on top with a total of 22,900 votes.

Debbonaire said: "Bristol West has voted for change and I promise to serve all of you, whoever you voted for, to the best of my ability.

"People of Bristol West have said that they want a member of parliament who thinks it's not right that the rich are getting richer, while everyone else is suffering.

"Thank you all very much for your support and I look forward to serving you all very humbly."

She also commended Williams for serving the constituency "diligently".

Williams told the Bishopston Voice earlier on the evening of the count that he knew he was going to lose, and said that he felt "gutted" - not only for himself, but for his entire party.

After the results were announced he said that it was a "very sad end" to his time in office, and it was a difficult result for the Lib Dems.

The party lost 49 seats across the country, causing leader Nick Clegg to resign.

Debbonaire received 36% of the votes, Hall received 27%, and Williams came 3rd with 19%.

Conservative's Claire Hiscott came 4th with 9,752 votes, UKIP's Paul Turner came 5th with 1,940 votes, Independent Dawn Parry came 6th with 204 votes, and Left Unity's Stewart Weston 6th with 92 votes.

 64,218 votes were cast in total, which is around 70% of the electorate.

 This was a 3% increase on the 2010 general election results for Bristol West.

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