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CON GAIN FROM LAB
Change compared with 2017
In his victory speech, the new Conservative MP for Blackpool South has pledged to campaign to reopen Blackpool Airport to commercial traffic.
Scott Benton, who defeated Labour incumbent Gordon Marsden, said his win was “a victory for the decent, hardworking and patriotic people of Blackpool”.
He cited his support for Brexit and the unpopularity of Jeremy Corbyn as key factors in his election victory.
Mr Marsden said it had been a "privilege" to have served as its MP.
He added: "Blackpool is a fantastic town and not somewhere drawn up anonymously by the Boundary Commission.”
Scott Benton has been elected as the MP for Blackpool South, beating Labour's Gordon Marsden by 3,690 votes.
The Conservative Party overturned a 2,523 vote majority to take the formerly Labour-held seat.
David Brown of the Brexit Party came third and Liberal Democrat Bill Greene came fourth.
Voter turnout was down by 3 percentage points since the last general election.
Nearly 33,000 people, 56.8% of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.
Three of the six candidates, Bill Greene (Liberal Democrat), Becky Daniels (Green) and Gary Coleman (independent) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.
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Scott Benton has taken Blackpool South for the Conservative Party from Labour's Gordon Marsden.
Lancashire political correspondent, BBC News
At a number of Lancashire’s 16 counts, you can see huddles of worried-looking people wearing red rosettes.
The Conservatives tried to brand this as the ‘Brexit election’ and it seems that might have been the case.
In seats where around two-thirds of the electorate voted to Leave the EU in 2016, the Tories are hoping to make gains.
Blackpool South and Hyndburn look particularly vulnerable as does Burnley – where there hasn’t been a Conservative MP for more than 100 years.