General election 2017: Conservatives Will Quince and Bernard Jenkin retain Colchester and Harwich and North Essex seats

PUBLISHED: 03:23 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:08 30 June 2017

Will Quince. Picture: Will Quince

Will Quince. Picture: Will Quince


Conservative MPs for Colchester and Harwich and north Essex have kept hold of their seats.

Bernard Jenkin has been re-elected as MP for Harwich and north Essex. Picture: ABBIE WEAVINGBernard Jenkin has been re-elected as MP for Harwich and north Essex. Picture: ABBIE WEAVING

Will Quince was voted back into his parliamentary seat for Colchester with 24,565 votes, while Bernard Jenkin took 29,921 votes to retain his position as MP for Harwich and north Essex.

Mr Quince said: “I’m thrilled and humbled by the result. It’s been an amazing honour and privilege to serve as Colchester MP for the last two years and to have that mandate renewed with an increased majority and share of the vote is truly humbling.

“That people put faith and trust in you is incredible and I’m not going to let them down.”

Labour came second with 18,888, then the Liberal Democrats with 9,087, 828 for The Green Party and 177 for The Christian People’s Alliance.

The count in Colchester. Picture: ABBIE WEAVINGThe count in Colchester. Picture: ABBIE WEAVING

Addressing the crowd after his win, Mr Quince said: “This evening we will be leaving this hall and some of us will be leaving happy and some a little sad.

“But if we were to take all the energy we have put into this general election campaign, think what we could achieve for this great town. I’ve always pledged to be a member of parliament who works for everyone so please let me ask you, work with me and we can build a better Colchester.”

Mr Jenkin also said he was ‘delighted’ to have won his Harwich and north Essex seat back.

Second was Labour with 15,565, then the Liberal Democrats with 2,787, UKIP with 1,685, The Green Party with 1,042, and The Christian People’s Alliance with 141.

He said: “I’m delighted that I got more votes than ever before and it’s an endorsement of the stand I’ve taken on some major issues like Brexit and I await the outcome of the general election for the rest of the nation. I’m also absolutely delighted that Will Quince has increased his vote share and majority.”

Speaking to the counting room after the result, he added: “I promise to work for everyone in our constituency, however they voted.”

The turnout for Colchester was 67.15% while Harwich and north Essex saw 71.8%.

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