Holloway romps to victory again
PUBLISHED: 10:19 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:42 23 August 2010
Months of preparation ended in disappointment for candidates left in the wake of Adam Holloway s blue juggernaut, as the Conservative candidate powered to a second term as MP. An air of resignation was apparent among his closest rivals before the count h
Months of preparation ended in disappointment for candidates left in the wake of Adam Holloway's blue juggernaut, as the Conservative candidate powered to a second term as MP.
An air of resignation was apparent among his closest rivals before the count had even formally begun, and these fears were borne out as the stacks of Holloway votes mounted.
Billed as the most exciting election in recent history, the predictability of the outcome came as a bit of an anti-climax, though not for the 50 or so Conservative supporters who erupted when the final tally was announced just after 2.30am.
Mr Holloway actually appeared slightly embarrassed by the scale of his dominance, turning a narrow 654 majority from 2005 into a huge 9,312.
"I feel quite stunned. This is a bellwether seat, the party that wins this takes power. I am genuinely stunned we have a near 10,000 majority. We have worked hard for around 16,000 people in the last five years so I hope some of that vote is from them," he said.
Mr Holloway was generous in his winner's speech, thanking the electoral staff on behalf of all the combatants and offering praise to his beaten rivals.
He said: "I believe every single one of them all would have done a good job. It is particularly encouraging to see a young independent candidate contesting the seat.
He also resisted the temptation to comment on his Labour rival's controversial car crash just ten days before the count, or the Liberal Democrat's decision to put a porn director up against him.
"I'm not going to gloat when bad things happen to good people. Anna Arrowsmith is a lovely intelligent woman, all the candidates have been a joy to work with," he said.
Mr Holloway also vowed to continue to work for his constituents.
"Over the next five years I will continue to do what a good constituent MP does, responding to everybody in the borough regardless of what party they voted for," he said.
Defending her disappointing showing, Labour candidate Kathryn Smith pointed to the damage the liberal's surge had done her cause.
"It became a very strange election this time, with this sudden Cleggmania" she said. "I do think there was some of that, with the Liberals Democrats taking votes from Labour. A vote for the Lib Dems lets the Tories in and that is the way it has gone."
Analysis of the votes casts show the combined totals of both Ms Smith and the Lib Dems Anna Arrowsmith still fell short of Mr Holloway's total.