Victoria Borwick has been elected as the Conservative MP for Kensington.
She succeeds Malcolm Rifkind.
But Labour will not be too unhappy with their performance in what has always been regarded as a safe Tory seat.
They came second with 10,838 votes.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea- the richest in the UK- also shared a constituency in the General Election campaign with the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
The Conservatives were the winners again in the constituency of Chelsea and Fulham.
Chelsea & Fulham Constituency
Elected as Member of Parliament for the Chelsea & Fulham Constituency:
Greg HANDS (Conservative)
|BAILEY Simon||Liberal Democrat||2,091||5.20|
|NOBLE Adrian John||UK Independence Party (UKIP)||2,039||5.07|
|RUBIN Guy||Green Party||1,474||3.66|
Victoria Borwick was in buoyant mood following her victory
We spoke to some of the party representatives after the results:
Robina Rosa – Green Party:
Toby Auguste – CISTA:
Victoria Borwick acceptance speech:
Conservative Party activists in Kensington keep their seat, with Victoria Borwick elected the new MP for this constituency and succeeding Malcolm Rifkind.
A breakdown of the number of votes each party received:
Conservatives – 18, 199
Labour – 10, 838
Lib Dem – 1, 962
Green Party – 1, 765
UKIP – 1, 557
CISTA – 211
Animal Welfare – 158
Alliance for Green Socialism – 115
NIPC – 23
There were a total of 139 rejected votes due to being void.
Other candidates start to arrive at Kensington Town Hall for the Election Count Results at around 02:30AM this included Conservative candidate Victoria Borwick and CISTA candidate Tony Auguste.
We interviewed Mohammad Abouharb the candidate for the Labour party and he was optimistic about the result:
We spoke briefly with the Liberal Democrat party candidate Robin Macgee:
It is difficult to tell or even predict the outcome without looking stupid. The serious issue is we have been squeezed out by the other two main parties… if the exit polls are accurate we will be absolutely eviscerated.
We spoke to UKIP candidate Jack Boville about how he felt his campaign went and what his chances are:
Ballot numbers have come in confirming an increase in the turn out this year compared to the General Election in 2010
34,974 – ballot papers
57% – turn out
It is expected to remain a safe Tory seat. However after the Malcolm Rifkind controversy earlier this year when he was embarrassed by an investigative newspaper sting, other parties will be looking to challenge this Conservative stronghold.
Nine candidates stood for this borough.
Mohammaed Abouharb – Labour Party
Toby Abse – Alliance for Green Socialism
Tony Auguste – Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol
Victoria Borwick – The Conservative Party
Jack Bovill – UKIP
Roland Courtenay – New Independence Centralists
Andrew Knight – Animal Welfare Party
Robin Mcghee – Liberal Democrats
Robina Rose – Green Party
Final Ballot boxes have just arrived.
Last ballots to come in for the count at the Royal Borough of Kensington
In the 2010 General Election 35,405 votes were cast for this borough which was a turn out 53.7%
Malcolm Rifkind won that seat safely with 17,595 votes overall.
This year there has been more votes than the last General Election with Ballots still coming in at 23:30.
The count is expected to finish at roughly 5 am.
Hello we’re Scarlett Stansall and David Kelly and we’ll be reporting live from the election count at Kensington Town Hall for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
The Royal Borough is managing the counting for two constituencies: Kensington, and Chelsea and Fulham.
We’re focusing on Kensington.
This is because the constituency has a larger contrast between rich and not so rich and its former MP Malcolm Rifkind was felled by a controversy over lobbying.
Victoria Borwick is hoping to be elected Kensington’s next Tory representative.
In Chelsea and Fulham, the Conservative MP Greg Hands is hoping to be re-elected.