Election 2017: Conservative's Romford candidate Andrew Rosindell and Hornchurch and Upminster Julia Dockerill both win majority vote
PUBLISHED: 04:40 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:30 09 June 2017
The Conservative candidates for Romford and Hornchurch and Upminster have won their seats.
It was announced after 2am that Andrew Rosindell - who has been the Romford MP for 16 years - retained his seat in the constituency for a fifth time and with the biggest share of the votes that he has ever had.
A total of 29,671 voters backed Mr Rosindell followed by Labour’s Angelina Leatherbarrow with 15,893.
Ukip’s Andy Beadle won 2,350 of the votes, Liberal Democrat Ian Sanderson gained 1,215 and Green Party’s David Hughes received 815.
It was revealed that 68per cent of residents in the Romford constituency attended the polls yesterday.
Speaking to the Recorder after it was revealed that he gained the majority vote, Mr Rosindell said: “I’m really thrilled, I’m delighted to be re-elected as Romford’s MP for a fifth term but also by the biggest share of the vote I have ever received and by more votes than ever before.
“It’s a great night for me, I am really thrilled to have had that opportunity to be given the confidence of the people of Romford and I would like to thank them from the bottom of my heart for their support and friendship and I look forward to serving as their MP for hopefully many more years to come.”
Conservative’s Julia Dockerill was also elected to represent the Hornchurch and Upminster constituency by 33,750 voters.
Labour’s Rocky Gill came second with 16,027, followed by Ukip’s Lawrence Webb with 3,502, Liberal Democrat Jonathan Mitchell with 1,371 and then BNP’s David Furness with 380.
A total of 70pc of residents in the constituency voted.
Miss Dockerill said: “I am feeling totally overwhelmed, I have not had time to absorb what is happening.
“They [Hornchurch and Upminster voters] put me here and I am very privileged and honoured and grateful to them for what they have done for me and I hope I do them proud.”
More reaction to follow.