Election 2019

General election 2019: Conservatives gain two seats in Cheshire

Andy Carter
Image caption Andy Carter received 28,187 votes in winning Warrington South for the Tories

The Conservatives have gained two seats from Labour in Cheshire.

In the Warrington South constituency, there was a 3.7% swing as Andy Carter took the seat from Faisal Rashid with a majority of 2,010.

Crewe and Nantwich saw a 7.9% swing from Labour to the Tories as Kieran Mullan took the seat from Laura Smith with an 8,508 majority.

Elsewhere in Cheshire, four seats remained Conservative while Labour defended another four seats.

Mr Carter said his "message was about respecting democracy and being able to take the country forward, moving away from the gridlock that we've been in in Parliament, but also some of the local issues that matter to people as well, in particular the green belt".

Mr Rashid said it had been an "absolute privilege" to serve as an MP, adding that he was proud to have run a "clean and honest campaign".

Image caption Kieran Mullan won Crewe and Nantwich for the Conservatives

In his speech, Mr Mullan said he did not enter politics because of Brexit, but this election had "become more than Brexit."

"It was about who was in charge," he said.

"Tonight, people, with their democratic vote, have shown they are."

Eddisbury, Tatton, Congleton and Macclesfield all stayed Conservative, with similar majorities to the 2017 election, while Warrington North, Weaver Vale, Halton, Ellesmere Port and Neston, and City of Chester remain Labour, though all with decreased majorities.

Mike Amesbury, who saw his majority in Weaver Vale cut from 3,928 in 2017 to 562, tweeted that he was "honoured and humbled" that people had "once again put their trust in me".