Priti wins Witham for second term with increased majority

Priti Patel has been re-elected as Member of Parliament for Witham for a second term. Priti, who has a strong record campaigning on local issues and has helped over 12,000 constituents over the last five years, thanked voters for re-electing her with an increased majority of 19,554 and 57.5% of the vote.

Priti said: "It has been a great privilege to represent Witham since 2010 and an honour to be re-elected with a larger majority. I am grateful to voters in Witham for their support and will continue to be a strong voice for the whole of the Witham constituency and every one of my constituents regardless of how they voted. I would also like to thank everyone who has supported my campaign and pay tribute to the UKIP, Green and Lib Dem candidates, who fought strong and courteous campaigns.

"Over the last five years unemployment has fallen in Witham as more people have come off of benefits and into work. More pupils are being taught in outstanding schools, the NHS is receiving new investment and the Conservatives have given commitments to upgrade the A12 and invest in improving rail services.

"As Witham's MP, I will continue to support families and communities throughout the constituency, campaign for investment in our infrastructure and services, and back local businesses as they create more local jobs."

Commenting on the national results showing the Conservatives to be the largest Party, Priti added: "Across the country voters have decided that they want this country to continue to be governed by the Conservatives and have backed our long-term economic plan, which has delivered record numbers of jobs, growth in the economy and security for hard-working families.

"The British people have once again rejected Labour and their plans to wreck the economy with high taxes and more borrowing.

"In Government, Conservatives will continue to support families and businesses by cutting taxes, create new jobs and apprenticeship places, and invest in the NHS and other public services. We will carry on introducing new controls on immigration and deliver a referendum on our membership of the EU."