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Steve Brine takes Winchester for Conservative
6:10am Friday 7th May 2010 in Elections
O ecstatic cheers from Tory supporters, the High Sheriff Alan Lovell announced the result before a bleary eyed crowd at the River Park Leisure Centre.
Mr Brine told the Daily Echo seconds after the result was announced: “I’m thrilled and honoured. It’s been a really hard campaign. I know how hard Martin has also worked. The is a bigger majority than I can have hoped for.”
His defeated main opponent Martin Tod was surprised by the level of the defeat.
He said: “Questions will be asked about he opinion polls. We never saw the uplift in Winchester that was reported nationally after the TV debate.”
Mr Tod also said that in the last few days of the campaign there was wide spread fears on the doorstep about the risks of a hung parliament which may have tempted many waverers to vote Tory.
The result showed how strong the support had been for retiring MP Mark Oaten.
Many Conservative supporters backed him because of his strong record as a constituency MP.
Mr Tod although hard working and popular was unable to retain that support.