DEREK Twigg said he was ‘amazed’ and ‘humbled’ after being re-elected as Halton’s MP with an increased number of votes.
In a resounding show of support from voters, Mr Twigg finished in a stronger position than at any time since Labour first swept to power nationally in 1997, picking up 23,843 votes – 2,383 more than 2005, and two more than 2001.
His closest rival, Conservative Ben Jones, polled 8,339.
The count was completed and the winning candidate declared shortly before 2.15am on May 7, 45 minutes earlier than anticipated.
The outcome cements Halton’s status as a cast-iron Labour stronghold.
Speaking immediately after the result, a delighted Mr Twigg told the Weekly News: “I’m amazed to have increased my number of votes in this election. I’m just so humbled about the level of confidence the people of Halton have shown in me.
“I’m determined to work even harder for them now until the next election – whenever that may be.”
Mr Twigg said one of his priorities will be to meet campaigners who are demanding improvements to Runcorn town centre.
Conservative Parliamentary candidate Ben Jones was magnanimous in defeat and wished his rival well.
He said: “I’m pleased with the backing we received.
“It’s been really enjoyable campaign in Halton and talking to people on the doorstep.
“I wish Derek good luck in Parliament.”