Conservatives Win Newark By-Election

The Conservative Party have described their win the Newark by-election as "comfortable", taking almost 7,500 ahead of UKIP.

Despite this, Nigel Farage has cut the Conservatives majority by half.

Tory candidate Robert Jenrick held the seat with 17,431 (45%) of the vote.

The UKIP candidate, Roger Helmer, held a big increase with 10,028 votes, finishing second.

Labour's Michael Payne finished in third place with 6,842 votes and 18% of the ballots cast while the Liberal Democrats' candidate David Watts took 1,004 votes, putting him in sixth place, being beaten by an independent and the Green Party candidate.

The turnout was 52.7%, down from the 71.5% of the general election, but higher than the 2010 average.


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