The delighted new Tory MP for Berwick, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, insists she will do all she can to make sure Northumberland and the North East have a strong voice, after stealing the constituency seat from the Liberal Democrats today.
Anne-Marie wrestled control of the area – which has been in Lib Dem hands for more than four decades – by winning 16,603 votes.
Speaking after the result, which was announced in Alnwick this afternoon, she vowed to do her best for north Northumberland and the North East as a whole.
She admitted that representing Berwick was a huge responsibility, especially following in the footsteps of highly-regarded and much-admired retired Lib Dem MP Sir Alan Beith, who had held the seat for more than 40 years, before stepping down ahead of the General Election.
Anne-Marie’s victory came as the Tory’s secured a majority government and she admitted that it was a very exciting day for the Conservative Party.
She thanked the other Berwick candidates for a ‘really lively and friendly campaign’.
Defeated Lib Dem candidate Julie Pörksen, who secured 11,689 votes, described the experience of standing for MP as humbling and vowed to continue to campaign on issues throughout Northumberland.
Labour candidate Scott Dickinson received 6,042 votes and said that he would carry on trying to convince people that his Party is interested in north Northumberland and that he would make a good MP for the area in the future.
Ukip’s Nigel Coghill-Marshall insisted that his 4,513 votes was a good foundation to build on in the constituency, having increased its share of the vote from 2010.
Green Party representative Rachael Roberts (1,488 votes) and English Democrat Neil Humphrey (88 votes) said that changes needed to be made to the political system.
“It does need to be reviewed – the majority of people out there recognise that we need to do something about it,” said Ms Roberts, who also congratulated Anne-Marie on her victory and urged the new Tory MP to take responsibility for the Berwick constituency.
Mr Humphrey described the current electoral system as ‘the most disproportionate wrong in this country’. He added: “Every single vote, whether or not it is in a safe seat, should count.”
He also blasted the high-speed HS2 railway plans as a waste of money.