Conservatives win South Ribble seat

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The Conservatives are celebrating holding onto South Ribble with an increased majority.

Seema Kennedy, a 40-year-old solicitor, is the constituency’s new MP after she pulled in 24,313 votes - 5,945 majority over Labour’s Veronica Bennett who polled 18,368.

Election Night 2015 General Election South Ribble Borough Council UK Parliamentary, Borough, Town & Parish Counci Elections 2015 at South Ribble Civic Centre, Leyland.'Pictured is Conservative candidate Seema Kennedy.'7th May 2015

Election Night 2015 General Election South Ribble Borough Council UK Parliamentary, Borough, Town & Parish Counci Elections 2015 at South Ribble Civic Centre, Leyland.'Pictured is Conservative candidate Seema Kennedy.'7th May 2015

The result is an increase on the 2010 Conservative majority of 5,554 for the area, which has spent 19 years as Conservative and 13 years as Labour since it’s creation in 1983.

Mrs Kennedy said she was “really, really pleased but exhausted”.

Outlining her intentions for term she said: “The most important thing is to be a visible and accountable MP. I really want to make sure that everyone is happy with progress on jobs and homes and we bring forward the City Deal.

“We also need a new bridge over the Ribble and a Tarleton relief road - infrastructure which is going to bring prosperity to South Ribble.”

Labour improved their result on 2010 by 526 votes, UKIP came in third with 7,377, but the Lib Dems lost 4,959 votes and their candidate Sue McGuire failed to show at the count.

The turnout was 68.69 per cent, up from 67.9 per cent in 2010.