Foreign office minister loses Harlow seat

HARLOW: The Conservatives have defeated Foreign Office minister Bill Rammell in the Essex constituency of Harlow. It’s third time lucky for candidate Robert Halfon, who was defeated in 2001 and 2005, losing last time by just 97 votes.

Mr Rammell, a former leader of Harlow district council, is one of the most high profile ministers in Gordon Brown’s government. The Tories comfortably held Epping Forest and Tory Party chairman Eric Pickles was re-elected in Brentwood & Ongar.

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