Conservative Bim Afolami holds Hitchin and Harpenden in the 2019 General Election
PUBLISHED: 04:40 13 December 2019 | UPDATED: 13:19 13 December 2019
Hitchin and Harpenden have voted for Conservative Bim Afolami in the 2019 General Election, with the Liberal Democrats coming in second.
Mr Afolami, who has been MP for Hitchin and Harpenden since the last General Election 2017, has retained his place in a constituency which has been held by the Conservatives since its formation in 1997.
Upon learning of his victory, Bim said: "This is such a demonstration of the strength of democracy. I want to thank the people of Hitchin and Harpenden for returning me again as their MP.
"The new Conservative majority government, as well as getting Brexit done, must deal with education, the NHS and the environment."
The full breakdown of results is as follows:
Bim Afolami, Conservative - 27,719
Sam Collins, Liberal Democrat - 20,824
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Sid Cordle, Christian People's Alliance -268
Peter Marshall, Advance Together -101
Kay Tart, Labour - 9,959
Turnout: 77.48 per cent
In 2017, Bim Afolami won with 31,189 votes, with Labour candidate John Hayes coming in second with 19,158.
After the result, Sam Collins said: "We have successfully turned Hitchin and Harpenden into a marginal," and thanked his campaign team, and his fellow candidates for a "very civil" campaign.
Labour candidate Kay Tart, speaking before the result, said the party had fought a strong campaign and she was "hopeful of a positive result".
Christian People's Alliance candidate Sid Cordle said: "We're in it for the long term and we've got to gradually build support."
Mysteriously, Advance Together candidate Peter Marshall never made an appearance.