Sir George returned with increased majority
6 May 2005
Sir George waits for the result with the County Council candidates
Sir George waits for the result with the County Council candidates
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A pub sign is hijacked to send a message
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Sir George was returned as the MP for North West Hants with a majority of 13,264 - up from 12009. His share of the vote again increased, from 50.1% to 50.7%.

The result was as follows: (2001)

Sir George Young 26005 (24374)
M Tod (LibDem) 12741 (10329)
M Mumford (Lab) 10594 (12365)
P Sumner (UKIP) 1925 (1563)

65% Turnout.

"This is an excellent result, building on the fine result last time. My vote went up by nearly 2000, and the Labour Party and the LibDems swapped places to come second. The Conservative vote was more than double that of the runner up.

I am delighted that Richard Benyon won next door in Newbury, where I spent a good part of the campaign.

I am grateful to my constituents for this renewed vote of confidence, and will work hard for them in the next Parliament. The Government have been returned, but without enthusiasm - with the lowest share of the vote of any Government in living memory. The pretensions of the LibDems to replace us as the alternative government have clearly been shown to be absurd."

"I am particularly grateful to my Campaign Director - Charles Milner Williams - and his wife, Margaret, who is the Chairman of the Conservative Association. They gave tremendous leadership - and to my army of supporters who covered more ground than the other parties put together."

In other local seats, Maria Miller enters Parliament for Basingstoke with a substantial majority, while at Romsey Caroline Nokes had what must be the closest result of this election, being pipped at the post by the sitting Lib Dem candidate by only 125 votes, after no less than three recounts.
 
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