ELECTION 2015: Conservatives hold Selby and Ainsty

The MP for Selby and Ainsty for the next five years will be Conservative Nigel Adams, who holds the seat.

MP since 2010, Mr Adams is returned to Parliament for the constituency with 27,725 votes and a majority of 13,557.

Nigel Adams

Nigel Adams

His share of the vote increased by 2,163 from 25,562 in 2010, and his majority increased by 1,292.

He said: “It was a great honour to be elected five years ago, and it is an even greater honour to be re-elected this time with an increased majority and an increased share of the vote.

It wouldn’t surprise me at all if we had a Conservative majority parliament.

“I think for a lot of people the reality is dawning on them that the alternative to a Conservative government would be Labour propped up by a rampant SNP, and that is happening as we speak, so those fears are making people turn out in their numbers.”

A member of the Conservative Party since the age of 22, Mr Adams is a former director of a telecommunications business in Leeds.

He has served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to two Leaders of the House of Lords and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

Five years ago, 25,562 people voted for him out of an electorate of 76,592 voters, 71 per cent of whom turned out to vote.

The Labour share of the vote increased this year from 13,297 votes in 2010 to 14,168 this time, making it the party with the second highest number of votes for the second election in a row.

Candidate Mark Hayes said: “It is really disappointing but there are several issues. The first is the media, and the print media in particular has been quite harsh in its attacks of Ed Miliband, pretty personal attacks, which I think is unnecessary.

“I could argue that Labour hasn’t really articulated a vision and also the whole austerity thing. Several academic economists have said austerity has harmed the British economy and if people like that are saying it, why is it that we have failed to articulate that to the public? Why are they still saying we can’t be trusted with the economy?

“And what I find astonishing knocking on doors is that people who should be core Labour voters are saying they’re not voting at all or are voting Tory or UKIP.”

The UKIP share of the vote also increased, from 1,635 votes in 2010 to 7,389 this year.

The turnout percentage decreased, from 71.1 per cent in 2010 to 69.8 per cent, though the actual turnout figure increased from 51,728 to 53,117.

The 2010 election saw a swing of 9.7 per cent from Labour to the Conservatives as Labour lost 17.3 per cent of their vote.

Previously, the Labour Party won in 2005, 2001, and 1997 though the Conservatives won by 15 per cent in 1992.

The official 2015 election results for Selby Ainsty:

Conservative candidate Nigel Adams: 27,725

Labour candidate Mark Hayes: 14,168

UKIP candidate Colin Heath: 7,389

Lib Dem candidate Nicola Turner: 1,920

Green Party candidate Ian Richards: 1,465

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate Ian Wilson: 137

Majority: 13,557

Turnout: 53,117 (69.8 per cent)