CONSERVATIVE candidate Edward Timpson secured the Crewe and Nantwich seat for the Tories – with an increased vote but a smaller majority.
Mr Timpson polled 23,420 votes in Thursday’s General Election to keep the seat he took from Labour in the 2008 by-election.
Labour’s David Williams was second with 17,374 and Roy Wood of the Liberal Democrats came in third with 7,656 votes.
All three main parties saw a significant increase in their vote compared to two years ago.
In 2008 Mr Timpson polled 20,539 for the Tories, Labour got 12,679 and the Lib Dems received 6,040.
Speaking to the Chronicle just after the result was declared at around 3.25am, victorious Mr Timpson was jubilant.
“It’s been a very different experience from that of the by-election but one which I treasure more.
“In the by-election, people didn’t know me as well as they know me now.”
The Tory MP said his track record had stood him in good stead.
“I’ve stood this time on my record as the MP for the last two years – so another 3,000 more people voting for me than in the by-election is a far more humbling experience for me.
“This time people judged me on who I am and what I’ve done for them rather than for the reasons in the by-election,” he said.
“This wasn’t a protest vote, there was much more to it than that. I think that in Crewe and Nantwich, it’s not just about the party that weighs heavily on people’s minds.
“When they vote locally it’s about who represents them – and that’s why, for me personally, it’s a far more fulfilling and humbling experience.”
Speaking as the national picture was still emerging, Mr Timpson said; “It’s a clear rejection of the Labour Government and a vote for change.”