Election 2019

General election 2019: Tories retake Lincoln

Karl McCartney
Image caption Karl McCartney won back the Lincoln seat for the Conservatives

The Conservatives have taken Lincoln back from Labour, tightening their grip on the county.

The party now controls all seven of Lincolnshire's parliamentary constituencies.

Labour's Karen Lee, who won Lincoln in 2017, lost to the man she defeated two years ago - Karl McCartney - by 3,514 votes.

Mr McCartney said his record as an MP from 2010 to 2017 helped him win, but added it was also down to Brexit.

He said: "This was a Brexit general election. I supported the leave side and I want to see it done.

"As a majority Conservative government we will get Brexit done."

Ms Lee said she was disappointed by her defeat but was not sure if her loss was due to the leadership of the Labour Party or Brexit.

"I think it is probably about Brexit but I don't know," she said.

'Almost speechless'

Elsewhere in the county, Conservative MPs were returned with increased majorities.

Grantham and Stamford saw a new MP elected, Gareth Davies, who held the seat for the Conservatives after standing in place of the constituency's former Tory MP Nick Boles. Mr Boles stood down after he disagreed with his party's stance on Brexit.

Image caption The Conservatives took all of Lincolnshire's seven seats

Victoria Atkins retained Louth and Horncastle with a majority of almost 29,000; an increase of 10,000.

"I am almost speechless, I have to say," she said.

Gainsborough's veteran Conservative MP Edward Leigh retained his seat with a 4.6% boost to his majority.

In Boston and Skegness the sitting Conservative MP Matt Warman was re-elected, as were Caroline Johnson in Sleaford and North Hykeham and John Hayes in South Holland and The Deepings.

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