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Tory blue back on Cornwall map at Lib Dems' expense

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The Conservatives have taken half of Cornwall's six seats

Voters in Cornwall have elected three Conservative and three Liberal Democrat MPs, with the Tories winning their first seats in the county since 2001.

George Eustice took Camborne and Redruth with a narrow majority of 66.

Sarah Newton won Truro and Falmouth, while Sheryll Murray took Cornwall South East from the Liberal Democrats.

For the Lib Dems, Stephen Gilbert won the new St Austell and Newquay seat, while Dan Rogerson kept North Cornwall and Andrew George retained St Ives.

Mr Eustice's win in the new constituency of Camborne and Redruth meant the defeat of former Falmouth and Camborne Lib Dem MP Julia Goldsworthy, after he won 15,969 votes to Ms Goldworthy's 15,903.

George Eustice, Sheryll Murray and Sarah Newton
Tories George Eustice, Sheryll Murray and Sarah Newton have been voted in

A recount was carried out in Camborne. A second recount was requested but it was denied.

Mr Eustice admitted he "didn't think it would be quite this close", but added that he believed his local links and a national swing towards the Tories resulted in his victory.

He said: "My family has been in the area for 400 years, and there's nothing better than being able to represent your home patch."

Ms Newton said it was a "huge honour" to be the first MP for the new constituency of Truro and Falmouth, when she won with 20,349 votes, ahead of Lib Dem candidate Terrye Teverson's 19,914, a majority of 435.

In her speech after the result, she said: "So many people have put their faith in me, so I want to say I will not let you down."

Ms Murray was elected in Cornwall South East with a majority of 3,220 - overturning retired MP Colin Breed's 2005 Lib Dem majority of nearly 5,500.

'Not career politicians'

Ms Murray, whose win was the first declared seat in the county, said she believed she won because she was "an ordinary person".

She said: "I'm in it because I care about the area I live, and I think a lot of new MPs are like that.

"We're not career politicians and we're in it to represent the people."

North Cornwall was one of the top targets for the Conservatives in the county and 63rd on their list nationally. Incumbent Mr Rogerson won with 22,512 votes, keeping a majority of about 3,000.

Andrew George, Stephen Gilbert and Dan Rogerson
Lib Dems: Andrew George, Stephen Gilbert and Dan Rogerson

Mr Gilbert won the new St Austell and Newquay constituency with 20,189, gaining a majority of 1,312 votes. He thanked voters for "putting local people before party politics".

Counting for five of the county's constituencies began overnight.

However, the count for St Ives was carried out on Friday after ballot boxes were brought over to the mainland from the Isles of Scilly.

Incumbent Mr George took the seat with 19,619 votes a majority of 1,719 ahead of his nearest rival, the Conservative Derek Thomas.

Mr George said he was "pleased and proud" to be elected again but that there was a "clear mandate" for MPs to work for the good of the country.

He said: "There is a need to put aside the old tribalism and Punch and Judy politics, and try to form a consensus and a way forward because this country has many challenges ahead of it."

The county's five MPs were all Lib Dem after the 2005 election. Cornwall now has six MPs because of a Boundary Commission review in 2007.



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