After an all night count at Bridgwater Town Hall which didn’t declare until 0830 in the morning due to a very large turnout, Tory incumbant Ian Lidell-Grainger held his Bridgwater & West Somerset seat with a slight increase in vote and % .
Ian Lidell Grainger (Conservative) 25,020 (46%)
Stephen Fitzgerald (UKIP) 10,437 (19%)
Mick Lerry (Labour) 9,589 (17.6%)
Theo Butt-Phillip (Lib Dem) 6,765 (12.4%)
Julie Harvey-Smith (Green) 2,636 (5%)
This means that Lidell-Grainger benefited from the Nationwide Tory swing to hold his seat with a slight increase of 345 votes.
UKIP, running a campaign of fear about immigration and the EU, had a massive increase from2,604 in 2010 to 10,437 a jump of 14%
Labour pushed the Lib Dems down the poll and increased their vote from 9,332 to 9,589 an increase of 257.
The Lib Dem vote collapsed from 15,426 to 6,765 a drop of 8,661 votes and down from 28% to 12%.
The Green vote, although achieveing an increase from 1.6% to 5% nevertheless meant only a jump of 1779 votes and came a distant 5th.
Speaking after the election Mick Lerry said “The high turnout is a good day for democracy but it’s clear that Labour is now the only opposition to the politics of fear that have led us to this position.”
The number of eligible voters was 80,491 and the turnout was 67.62%
Ian Lidell-Grainger once again won with a minority of the votes cast.
Ian Lidell Grainger 25,020
Voters who didn’t want Ian Lidell-Grainger 29,427