ELECTION: Lincolnshire stays ‘True Blue’ #GE2015

Victoria Atkins (conservative) with husband Paul 'Louth and Horncastle Constituency
Victoria Atkins (conservative) with husband Paul 'Louth and Horncastle Constituency
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After a long day of voting and a long night of counts, the Lincolnshire electorate has again stayed ‘true blue’

Speculation of a UKIP surge following the parties strong performance in the last Lincolnshire County Council elections did not materialise.

The candidates on stage after the result for Sleaford and North Hykeham. EMN-150805-064429001

The candidates on stage after the result for Sleaford and North Hykeham. EMN-150805-064429001

Sir Edward Leigh held his Gainsborough seat and increased his majority by 4,890 to 15,449, defeating Labour’s David Prescott, son of John Prescott.

Victoria Atkins succeeds retiring Sir Peter Tapsell as MP for Louth and Horncastle, defeating UKIP county councillor Colin Mair.

Conservative Matt Warman held off a UKIP charge in Boston and Skegness, beating young Robin Hunter-Clarke by more than 4,000 votes.

Stephen Phillips easily held on to the Sleaford and North Hykeham seat with 56.2% of the vote and a 24,000 majority.

Sir Edward Leigh MP EMN-150805-024641001

Sir Edward Leigh MP EMN-150805-024641001

In Grantham and Stamford Nick Boles held his seat for the Tories with a 19,000 majority and Karl McCartney narrowly held on to his Lincoln seat, defeating Labour’s Lucy Rigby by some 1,400 votes.