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Tories keep firm hold on Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 12:11 07 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:08 20 February 2013

THE Conservatives held onto all their Hertfordshire seats in last night's general election as a record number of people went to the polls.

THE Conservatives held onto all their Hertfordshire seats in last nights general election as a record number of people went to the polls.


Across the county turnout was at an average of nearly 70% - higher than the national average of 65% - as the Tories celebrated victory.


But while eight of the constituencies saw them take the seats comfortably, in St Albans, Watford and Stevenage it was a close contest.


In Watford Conservative Richard Harrington secured just 1,425 votes more than Liberal Democrat Sal Brinton; in St Albans Conservative Anne Mains majority was at 2,305 over Liberal Democrat Sandy Walkington; and in Stevenage Conservative Stephen McPartland was ahead of Labours Sharon Taylor by 3,578 votes.


Overall the Liberal Democrats showed some impressive gains to come in second in seven constituencies.


Turnout in St Albans was the highest at 75.4%; in Hitchin and Harpenden it was 74.1%; while in South West Hertfordshire the turnout was 72.5%.


HERTFORDSHIRE RESULTS


St Albans Anne Main (Cons) 21,533; Sandy Walkington (Lib Dem) 19,228; Roma Mills (Lab) 9,288. 75.4% turnout


Hertfordshire North East Oliver Heald (Cons) 26,995; Hugh Annand (Lib Dem) 11,801; David Kirkman (Lab) 8,291. 69.8% turnout


Hertford and Stortford Mark Prisk (Cons) 29,810; Andrew Lewin (Lib Dem) 14,373; Steve Terry (Lab) 7,620. 70.6% turnout


Broxbourne Charles Walker (Cons) 26,844; Michael Watson (Lab) 8,040; Allan Witherick (Lib Dem) 6,107. 64% turnout


Hertsmere James Clappison (Cons) 26,476; Sam Russell (Lab) 8,871; Anthony Rowlands (Lib Dem) 8,210. 64.7% turnout


Welwyn Hatfield Grant Shapps (Cons) 27,894; Mike Hobday (Lab) 10,471; Paul Zukowskyj (Lib Dem) 8,010. 68% turnout


Hemel Hempstead Mike Penning (Cons) 24,721; Richard Grayson (Lib Dem) 11,315; Ayfer Orhan (Lab) 10,295. 68% turnout


Stevenage Stephen McPartland (Cons) 18,491; Sharon Taylor (Lab) 14,913; Julia Mason (Lib Dem) 7,432. 64.8% turnout


Hitchin & Harpenden Peter Lilley (Cons) 29,869; Nigel Quinton (Lib Dem) 14,598; Oliver de Botton (Lab) 7,413. 74.1% turnout


Hertfordshire South West David Gauke (Cons) 30,773; Christopher Townsend (Lib Dem) 15,853; Harry Mann (Lab) 6,526. 72.5% turnout


Watford Richard Harrington (Cons) 19,291; Sal Brinton (Lib Dem) 17,866; Claire Ward (Lab) 14,750. 68.3% turnout

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