East Yorkshire election analysis

East Yorkshire constituency election count 2015
East Yorkshire constituency election count 2015

Conservative Greg Knight will once again represent East Yorkshire at Parliament, after achieving a majority of 14,933 votes over Labour’s Kevin Hickson.

Mr Knight received 25,276 votes, a total share of 50.6 per cent and an increase of 3.1 per cent since the last General Election.

“We had a fair campaign in the true spirit of democracy, and that’s something that should be applauded,” said Mr Knight.

“We have heard a lot about Scotland in this election campaign, it’s a very important country and a valued part of the United Kingdom. But I do think England needs a strong voice as well and I will be campaigning for English votes on English issues in this new parliament.

“I also pledge to support giving the English public a vote on whether we should remain in or come out of the European Union.

“A big thank you to the electorate of East Yorkshire for renewing their confidence in me.”

Labour’s Kevin Hickson beat the Liberal Democrats to second place after dwindling to third in 2010.

However he fell behind the reigning Tory victor by 14,933 votes, racking up a total of 10,343 and gaining a 20.7 per cent share , up 0.4 per cent since 2010.

Commenting on Labour’s performance, Mr Hickson said: “This was the first time I stood as a parliamentary candidate and I’m pleased with the votes for Labour. We had a very energetic campaign which shone a spotlight on the record of the Conservative MP. The Labour Party will continue to hold the MP to account locally.”

UKIP’s Stephanie Todd enjoyed an impressive 8,955 votes, just 1,388 behind Labour, boasting a 17.9 per cent share of the vote.

“I’m really pleased with the outcome,” she said, “I am obviously disappointed we didn’t win. But we are up from 2010. We got 17.9 per cent of the vote. I had a fantastic team behind me and I’d just like to thank everybody in East Yorkshire who voted for UKIP.

“This is only the beginning. Little acorns grow into big trees!” Votes for UKIP increased by 13.7 compared with the last election.

A predictably disappointing night ensued for The Liberal Democrats’ Robert Adamson, who fell 5,989 votes behind UKIP.

The party had enjoyed second place in 2010, but was this year expected to take a hammering nationally. Mr Adamson managed to chalk up 2,966 votes - a fairly steep decline of 15.2 per cent since the 2010, and a share of only 5.9 per cent.

“It could have been a lot worse”, said Mr Adamson, “But it could have been an awful lot better. Thank you to everyone who did vote for me.

“Overall I hope the country doesn’t rip out the fact over the next five years I think people will look back at a coalition where we tempered the worst of the right-wing of the Conservative Party.

“I think the next five years could be a bit gruesome.”

The total number of people who registered in the East Yorkshire constituency stood at 81,030, with actual turnout at 61.7 per cent. The figure represents a decline of 2.1 since the last Election.

The Green’s candidate Mark Maloney achieved a share of 3.5 per cent, up 2 per cent since the last election with 1,731 votes.

Yorkshire First’s candidate Stewart Arnold scraped 1.4 per cent, up 1.4 per cent since 2010 with 720 votes.