PUBLISHED: 04:52 07 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:41 23 August 2010
ADAM Holloway confessed to being stunned as the Conservatives won almost a 10,000 vote majority. The MP, who won by the slender margin of just 654 in 2005 thanked the hard work of his team and pledged to provide the best constituency office service,
ADAM Holloway confessed to being "stunned" as the Conservatives won almost a 10,000 vote majority.
The MP, who won by the slender margin of just 654 in 2005 thanked the hard work of his team and pledged to provide "the best constituency office service," to the people of Gravesham.
"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.
Labour candidate Kathryn Smith blamed the impact of "Cleggmania" for depriving her of crucial votes, but the combined totals of Labour on 13,644 and Liberal Democrats on 6,293 would not have been enough to dislodge the incumbent Mr Holloway who stormed home with 22,956 votes.
Ms Smith refused to be drawn on the potential effects on her popularity following her arrest for drink driving ten days before the election.
There was also heartbreak for UKIP candidate Geoffrey Clark, who despite more than doubling his party's vote from 2005 with 2269 fell just 100 votes short of retaining his £500 deposit.
English Democrat Steve uncles collected 1005, Green Party candidate Richard Crawford polled 675, and Independent Alice Dartnell collected 465.