The results of the general election are in and the Conservatives remain in power having won the highest Tory majority since Margaret Thatcher’s election victory in 1987.
Horsham has also retained its Conservative seat with Jeremy Quin continuing as MP for the town having been voted for by 35,900 Horsham residents at the polls on Thursday 12th December.
The full Horsham results are as follows:
Duggan, Jim (The Peace Party – Non-violence, Justice, Environment) – 477 votes
Jones, Michael (Labour Party) – 9,424 votes
Potter, Louise (Liberal Democrats) – 14,773 votes
Quin, Jeremy (The Conservative Party Candidate) – 35,900 votes
Ross, Catherine (Green Party) – 2,668 votes
73.27 per cent of the town’s voters headed to the polls in the first December general election since 1923. The total verified votes in Horsham stood at 63,549 out of an electorate of 86,730 with the voting turnout being higher than the overall UK turnout of 67.3 per cent.
As a constituency and across the UK, fewer voters flocked to the polls than just over two and a half years ago at the last general election. In June 2017, 75.03 per cent voted in Horsham and 69 per cent in the UK as a whole.
The number of rejected ballot papers in Horsham rose this time round from 106 in 2017 to 307 in this election.
Despite a Conservative hold in Horsham, the other parties have been subject to vote share change since the last general election. The biggest change came from the Liberal Democrats who gained 11 per cent of votes since 2017, whereas Labour lost 6.8 per cent of voters. The Conservatives also suffered a slight loss of 2.8 per cent.
The Green party gained 1.2 per cent and the Peace Party gained 0.3 per cent.
On his Facebook page, Jeremy Quin who took over from Francis Maude in 2015, said: “I am deeply grateful to have been re-elected to serve as MP for Horsham with a majority of 21,127 having received 57 per cent of votes cast. The constituency had a high turnout at 73 per cent – despite the dreadful weather.
“It’s been a long campaign conducted through the dark winter months, I am thrilled by the result locally and nationally. It is a great feeling to be able to get the Horsham Parliamentary Office back up and running.”