REDDITCH MP Rachel Maclean romped to an increased majority at the election count today – securing more than double the amount of votes than any other candidate.
Mrs Maclean (Conservative) was elected with 27,907 votes overall, 9,000 more than her victory in 2017.
She defeated closest rival Rebecca Jenkins of the Labour Party by more than 16,000 votes.
Liberal Democrat Bruce Horton was third with 2,905 votes and Green Party candidate Claire Davies fourth with 1,384.
After the announcement was made, Mrs Maclean said: “I’m quite stunned but obviously delighted.
“It’s a big responsibility too because I need to carry out what I have been elected to do.
“The margin of victory was more than I thought – but it was what we were picking up on the doorstep.
“Now we have to just carry on working for all the people of Redditch.”
Nationally, it was a good night for the Tories who officially reached the finish line at 5.05am with 51 seats still to declare.
Turnout in Redditch for this year’s election was 67.7 per cent, down from a healthier 70.33 per cent in the 2017 election.
Overall 44,283 votes were cast.
Rachel Maclean (Conservative) – 27,907
Rebecca Jenkins (Labour) – 11,871
Bruce Horton (Liberal Democrats) – 2,905
Claire Davies (Green Party) – 1,384