THE Conservatives have held the West Dorset seat in the General Election.
New candidate Chris Loder won the constituency seat with 33,589 votes – a majority of 14,106 and the largest ever number of Conservative votes seen in the constituency.
Liberal Democrat Edward Morello came second with 19,483, Labour candidate Claudia Sorin third with 5,729 and Green Party candidate Kelvin Clayton received 2,124 votes.
The turnout in West Dorset was 74.4%.
Commenting on Twitter after the results were announced in Weymouth in the early hours, Mr Loder said: “I’m very proud and humbled to be elected Member of Parliament for West Dorset, with the largest ever Conservative vote in the constituency.”
Mr Loder’s record vote came as the Conservatives swept the country, winning their biggest majority since 1987.
In the Tiverton & Honiton constituency, which includes neighbouring villages and towns such as Uplyme and Axminster, Conservative Neil Parish held on to his seat with 35,893 votes, a majority of 24,239.
In East Devon, new Conservative candidate Simon Jupp, taking over from Hugo Swire, won with 32,577 votes, a majority of 6,708. This was despite a strong campaign led by independent candidate Claire Wright, who polled 25,869, which even brought actor and political campaigner Hugh Grant to Sidmouth earlier this week, encouraging residents to vote for her.