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Election winners and losers in Gloucestershire

Stroud was one of the seats won by the Conservatives in Gloucestershire
Stroud was one of the seats won by the Conservatives in Gloucestershire

The 2010 General Election has reshaped the political landscape in parts of Gloucestershire.

The Conservatives gained two seats and held on to three, while the Liberal Democrats held on to one seat.

Gloucester

Labour's Parmjit Dhanda was ousted from Gloucester by Conservative Richard Graham who got 20,267 votes - a majority of 2,420.

Mr Graham told BBC Gloucestershire he was delighted with the result: "It's a great result. It gives us a chance to really take Gloucester forward with the confidence that there is decent majority in the city that want to see this change happen."

Defeated Parmjit Dhanda said: "You have your ups and downs in politics... over the weeks and months to come I'm sure the Labour Party will be looking at exactly how and why we got the result that we did.

"I'm really proud of the work that we've done here. I think we've done a great job, we had a good record and you've got to learn from the experience."

Cheltenham

In Cheltenham Lib Dem MP Martin Horwood received 26,659 votes, increasing his majority to 4,920.

Speaking immediately after the result was announced, Mr Horwood paid tribute to people in the town who turned out to cast their votes:

"I would like to thank all the people of Cheltenham who voted in this election however they voted and especially for turning out in such huge numbers," he said.

"That's a testament to the importance of democracy to this town."

Stroud

Tory Neil Carmichael took Stroud from Labour's David Drew, MP for Stroud since 1997, with a majority of 1,299.

Mr Carmichael said he was looking forward to starting work as an MP: "I can work very hard and I am determined to demonstrate I am also very, very interested in the future of this community in Stroud, and that's what I will do".

David Drew said he was very disappointed: "There can't be many candidates when your party's losing who still got more than 22,000 votes and lost it.

"We did absolutely everything we could have done, we ran a magnificent campaign, we increased our vote but sadly with the turn out it just wasn't enough."

Forest of Dean

Mark Harper was re-elected for the Tories in the Forest of Dean with 22,853 votes and a majority of 11,064.

He said he was pleased to increase his majority: "We ran a very positive campaign focussed on the issues.

"I had a lot of support from my team here and I'm just very pleased that the people of the Forest of Dean have given me their trust and support again for another term in parliament."

Cotswolds

Tory Geoffrey Clifton-Brown held on to The Cotswolds with a 12,864 majority.

He said that he was pleased with the overall result for the Conservatives despite it not being likely that they will secure an overall majority: "This is the best result for the Conservative party since 1931 and the worst result for the Labour Party since 1931, so this is a spectacular achievement for David Cameron."

Tewkesbury

Laurence Robertson held Tewkesbury with 25,472 votes - a reduced majority of 6,310.

He told BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Mark Cummings he was pleased to have won the seat for a fourth time: "I'm absolutely delighted.

"I look forward to serving the people of Tewkesbury again for another political term however long that may be.

"General Elections are great fun but you tend to be talking about the issues rather than actually working on them so I'm looking forward to getting back to work.




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