General Election 2015: Liberal Democrat Tom Brake holds Carshalton and Wallington

Liberal Democrat Tom Brake bucked the devastating national trend for his party and held his Carshalton and Wallington seat.

Tom Brake took the lead with 34.9%, gaining a 1.9% majority over closest rival Conservative Matthew Maxwell Scott who gained a 31.7% share.

He said: “It’s been a great honour to serve for the last five years and I look forward to doing so for the next five years. It’s clearly been a very tough night for the Liberal Democrats nationally but I think as a party we did the right thing.

“I am proud of the fact that we went into government to provide stable government at a time of a national crisis and we helped to turn around the economy.

“There are many things we will leave behind as a legacy, the pupil premium, apprenticeships, the tax threshold that has benefited 27million people. I know that we are very resilient as a party but I am certain that the fightback for the Liberal Democrats begins tonight.”

Siobhan Tate for Labour received 15% and had William Main-Ian for UKIP hot on her heels with 14.8%.

Ross Hemingway (Green) 1,492 (3.1%), Ashley Dickenson (Christian People’s Alliance) 117 (0.4%), Richard Edmonds (National Front) 49 (0.1%).

The Liberal Democrats held with a majority of 1,510.

The turnout for the election was 47,444, amounting to 67.8%, down from 69% in 2010.


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