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Last Updated: Friday, 6 May, 2005, 05:27 GMT 06:27 UK
Labour seats are held in Staffs
David Kidney, Labour MP for Stafford
David Kidney retained his seat with a majority of 4.7%
Labour still has three MPs in Stoke-on-Trent following the election.

Joan Walley held Stoke North, Mark Fisher held Stoke Central and Rob Flello is the new MP for Stoke South.

He succeeds George Stevenson who has retired. The British National Party polled about 7% in the three constituencies.

Labour's David Kidney retained Stafford by about 2,000 votes and Charlotte Atkins held onto the Moorlands for Labour but her majority has halved.

'Glossy literature'

It was reduced to about 2,500, as she polled 18,126 votes.

She said: "It was looking close but the good sense of the people of the Staffordshire Moorlands endorsed me as member of Parliament.

"I have a record to be proud of but there's much more to achieve."

Mr Kidney retained his seat with a majority of 4.7%, beating the Conservative candidate David Chambers by 2,121 votes.

He said: "My Conservative opponent had backing behind him, a lot of money and a lot of glossy literature.

"The last four weeks have been very nerve-wracking for me."

Paul Farrelly is still the Labour MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme with a majority of 20.4%.

Short illness

In Stoke-on-Trent, Mark Fisher had a majority of 35%, Joan Walley 32.6% and Rob Flello 23%.

Tamworth, which was also a Labour hold, was the first seat in Staffordshire to be announced followed closely by Stoke-on-Trent Central.

Brian Jenkins held on to Tamworth with a majority of just 5.9%, resulting in a swing of 2.8% from Labour to the Conservatives.

The election for the South Staffordshire constituency did not take place because the Liberal Democrat candidate Jo Harrison, 53, died at her home at the weekend following a short illness.



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