Conservative Sir Hugo Swire holds East Devon seat in General Election

Conservative Sir Hugo Swire has retained his seat as East Devon’s MP for a fifth term with a majority of over 8,000 votes.

East Devon’s declaration was announced just before 4am after a 73.4 per cent turn out.

In 2015 Sir Hugo won after fighting off four other candidates, winning with 25,401 of the votes (46.4 per cent) in a hotly contested General Election with a turnout of 71.7 per cent. Claire Wright came second with 13,140 votes – giving her 24 per cent of the vote.

Speaking after the declaration, Sir Hugo said he would like to thank everyone for all their help.

He added: “I am humbled by the fact I have biggest vote share of any candidate since this constituency was founded.

“I am grateful to all the people who voted for me and I will continue to represent them in parliament to the best of my ability.”

Sir Hugo was first elected in 2001 with 22,681 of the votes, securing a majority of 8,195, and was returned in 2005 and again in 2010, when he increased his share by 1.4 per cent.