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Leicestershire North WestParliamentary constituency
- Votes: 33,811
- Vote share %: 62.8
- Vote share change: +4.6
- Votes: 13,411
- Vote share %: 24.9
- Vote share change: -8.5
Liberal DemocratGrahame Hudson
- Votes: 3,614
- Vote share %: 6.7
- Vote share change: +0.3
- Votes: 2,478
- Vote share %: 4.6
- Vote share change: +2.5
- Votes: 367
- Vote share %: 0.7
- Vote share change: +0.7
- Votes: 140
- Vote share %: 0.3
- Vote share change: +0.3
Change compared with 2017
- CON majority: 20,400
- Registered voters: 78,935
- Change since 2017: -2.9
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Andrew Bridgen has been re-elected as the MP for Leicestershire North West, with an increased majority.
The Conservative candidate beat Labour's Terri Eynon by 20,400 votes, 7,114 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election.
Grahame Hudson of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Carl Benfield came fourth.
Voter turnout was down by 2.9 percentage points since the last general election.
Nearly 54,000 people, 68.2% 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, Carl Benfield (Green), Edward Nudd (independent) and Dan Liddicott (Libertarian) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.
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"You can't buy happiness - but you can vote for it," said Andrew Bridgen after he was named as the winner of the North West Leicestershire constituency.
He was speaking about the area topping a recent happiness poll for the East Midlands.
The MP, who received a majority of 20,400 in the polls, said the constituency was a "very different" seat to the one he was first elected to in 2010.
"It was considered the most deprived seat in Leicestershire," he said.
As well as topping happiness polls he said the area was now recognised for its economic prosperity.
Success for Andrew Bridgen in North West Leicestershire - the Conservative MP has been the representative for the constituency since 2010.
It looks like some Christmas cheer is needed in North West Leicestershire.
This is the extent of their festivities.
Journalist, BBC Radio Leicester
Counting has begun at the Hermitage Leisure Centre in Whitwick.
The returning officer for the North West Leicestershire count has said the overall turnout was 69% with 54,044 votes cast.
That's down on the 2017 general election where turnout was 71%.
The former Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen is still smiling and the atmosphere here is very relaxed.
Still smiling, engineering company director Dan Liddicott waits for news at the North West Leicestershire count as he bids to achieve an election landmark for the fledgling Libertarian Party.
If he takes more than a 0.4% share of the vote (and greater than 213 votes) he will out-poll the current record holder for the movement.
"All I want is 0.5% to take the title," he said.
Five Libertarian candidates are standing at the 2019 election, the others being in Chicester, Stroud, Sevenoaks and Crewe & Nantwich.
Ballots from across the Leicestershire North West constituency are arriving at the count in Whitwick.
The Conservative's Andrew Bridgen is defending the seat, in 2017 he returned to the Commons with a comfortable majority of 13,286.
BBC East Midlands political editor