General Election: Neil Parish retains Tiverton and Honiton
PUBLISHED: 06:35 13 December 2019 | UPDATED: 12:15 13 December 2019
Neil Parish comfortably retained his Tiverton and Honiton parliamentary seat in the general election, which saw gains across the country for his fellow Conservatives.
Mr Parish, who was defending a 19,801 majority from the last general election, polled 35,893 votes - 24,239 more than second placed Labour candidate Liz Pole with 11,654.
In third place was Lib Dem candidate Dr John Timperely on 8,807 while Green candidate Colin Reed polled 2,291.
The UKIP candidate Margaret Dennis came last with 968.
Speaking after winning the seat Mr Parish thanked his supporters and said: "I also want to thank my opponents - we had some good hustings - and also thank the people of Tiverton and Honiton who have put their faith in me in the past.
"I hope that they will be able to keep that faith in me and whatever their political persuasion - whatever they voted - I am more than happy and will help them in whatever way I can in the future.
"On the national scene we have a good Prime minister who has led a very good campaign. We have a good deal to leave now the European Union and it looks now we will have the majority to do it.
"I think we must try and leave the European Union with a deal and then we can move on health, education, social care, police all of those things we need.
"All parties agreed they need more money perhaps we disagreed on the figures but I think we all agreed on that."