Tories hold West Dorset with increased majority

PUBLISHED: 10:51 07 May 2010 | UPDATED: 01:13 16 June 2010

Oliver Letwin.

Oliver Letwin.

OLIVER Letwin has been returned to office in West Dorset, where he increased the Conservative majority by 1.1 per cent.

OLIVER Letwin has been returned to office in West Dorset, where he increased the Conservative majority by 1.1 per cent.

The constituency was on a Lib Dem hit list, but candidate Sue Farrant missed out by just under 4,000 votes. The Lib Dems' share of votes was down on the previous election, with a 1.2 per cent swing away.

With a high turnout at the polls, 74.6 per cent, Mr Letwin polled 27,287 votes taking a 47.6 per cent share.

Ms Farrant attracted 23,364 votes - 40.7 per cent of overall votes cast.

Other results: Steve Bick (Labour) 3,815; Oliver Chisholm (UKIP) 2,196; Susan Greene (Green) 675.

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