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Tories make Leicestershire gains

The Conservatives have gained two seats and held another five in Leicestershire and Rutland.

In Loughborough, Tory Nicky Morgan gained 21,971 votes with a 41.6% share taking the seat from Labour's Andy Reed who had 18,227 votes.

Andrew Brigden gained Leicestershire North West with 23,147 votes for the Conservatives ahead of Labour's Ross Willmott who took 15,636.

Labour held Leicester East, Leicester West and Leicester South seats.

Bosworth - 70.2%
Charnwood - 71.9%
Harborough - 70.4%
Leicester East - 65.8%
Leicester South - 61.1%
Leicester West - 55.2%
Leics North West - 72.9%
Leics South - 71.2%
Loughborough - 68.2%
Rutland & Melton - 71.5%

In Charnwood, Stephen Dorrell gained 26,560 votes for the Conservatives ahead of the Lib Dems on 11,531.

David Tredinnick took 23,132 votes for the Tories in Bosworth and Michael Mullaney took 18,100 for the Lib Dems.

Keith Vaz for Labour in Leicester East secured 25,804 votes and Labour's Sir Peter Soulsby gained 21,479 votes in the Leicester South constituency.

Elizabeth Kendall held Leicester West for Labour with 13,745 votes ahead of the Conservatives' Celia Harvey with 9,728.

A few early voters using the Albert Street Centre polling station in Loughborough were forced to make their votes in the back of a car.

The building's caretaker was 10 minutes late in opening the premises which led to the polling station supervisor offering his vehicle to voters.

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