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General Election 2019: Conservatives victorious in South Cambs, South East Cambs, Braintree, South Suffolk, Saffron Walden and Bury St Edmunds

Away from West Suffolk, all five constituencies covered by the Echo, plus neighbouring Bury St Edmunds, have been won by the Conservative Party, with no real surprises.

Reflecting the national picture, the Labour Party had a poor night in all six of the seats.

The party’s share of the vote when compared to 2017 dropped for all of its candidates in the six seats.

Election 2019 result SE CAMBRIDGE (24165940)
Election 2019 result SE CAMBRIDGE (24165940)

The losses ranged from 7.6 per cent for Thomas Van de Bilt in Saffron Walden to 15.6 per cent for Dan Greef in South Cambridgeshire.

Labour took another hit in South East Cambridgeshire, where the vote share for James Bull was 11.4 per cent down on two years ago.

Perhaps the one seat out of the six where any party had felt confident of defeating the Tories was in South Cambridgeshire, where in 2017 Heidi Alllen had won 51.8 per cent (33,631 votes) ahead of Labour's Dan Greef, who polled 17,679 votes to earn a 27.2 per cent share.

Ms Allen decided not to stand for re-election, having defected to the Liberal Democrats and her new party, in the form of Ian Sollom , did overtake Labour to claim second place in the standings.

He got 28,111 votes, representing a 42 per cent of those that voted and a whopping 23.4 per cent rise in the share, but it was not enough to overhaul Tory candidate Anthony Browne, who won having taken a 46.3 per cent share (31,015) of the vote.

Mr Greef dropped down to third in the rankings.

In contract to the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats saw its share of the vote increase in the five seats that it contested - nobody stood for the party in Bury St Edmunds.

In South Suffolk its share of the vote rose by 6.7 per cent to 12.5 per cent.

As mentioned, the Lib Dems enjoyed a 23.4 per cent hike in the share in South Cambridgeshire, as well as gaining an impressive extra 13.2 per cent of the share in South East Cambs where Lucy Frazer (Con) regained her seat but her vote share fell by 3.3 per cent.

In both Braintree and Saffron Walden the Lib Dems saw its share increase by 5.2 per cent of the vote.