Labour’s Lindsay Hoyle tightens grip on Chorley

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Labour’s Lindsay Hoyle has retained his Chorley seat with an increased majority.

The Labour stalwart won with a vote of 23,322 - an increase of 1,807.

He thanked the people of Chorley after winning the seat. He said: “I’m delighted to retain my seat in Chorley. I’ve seen a side of politics that I’ve never seen before in this election.

“Signs have been damaged and windows have been smashed but we at Labour have led a civil campaign throughout.”

Conservative candidate Rob Loughenbury polled 18,792 and UKIP’s Mark Smith had 6,995 votes.

The Liberal Democrat’s Stephen Fenn had 1,354 votes and the Green Party’s Alistair Straw polled 1,111 votes.

Independent candidate Adrian Maudsley had 138 votes.

A total of 142 votes were rejected.

In Chorley, a total of 51,608 votes were cast with an overall turnout of 69.11 per cent, down 0.89 per cent from 2010.