Andrew Rosindell returned for fourth term as Romford’s MP
PUBLISHED: 05:57 08 May 2015 | UPDATED: 07:17 08 May 2015
Conservative Andrew Rosindell has said he is “thrilled and delighted” to have been elected for a fourth term as Romford MP.
Mr Rosindell gained 25,067 votes with a majority of 14,799 - a slight decrease on his majority of 16,954 in 2010.
He told the crowd assembled at the count in Hornchurch: “Tonight is a great victory for the Conservative party in Romford and let me make this pledge while I am the member of parliament for Romford it will always remain a conservative constituency.”
Ukip candidate Gerard Batten beat Labour’s Sam Gould into second place.
Mr Batten received 11,208 votes up from 2,050 in 2010 while Mr Gould received 10,268 increasing on the Labour share of 9,077 at the previous election.
Mr Batten said: “Thank you to the 11,208 voters who voted for me.”
He added that he would return to his role as an MEP where he would continue to vote no to European Union directives.
Addressing the crowd Mr Gould said: “I’m incredibly proud of a few things first off that we increased our vote share - that’s brilliant.
“I’m proud of my campaigners and volunteers. The really inspirational part of the campaign has been engaging young people.”
Liberal Democrats candidate Ian Sanderson received 1,413 votes while Green candidate Lorna Tooley gained 1,222.
Mr Sanderson: “It’s been a very inspiring occasion to take part in this election I feel that the Liberal Democrats will go on to remind people of what we did when in government.”