Darren Jones has returned victorious in Bristol North West with an increased majority of 5,692.
The Labour incumbent fought off tough competition from Conservative rival Mark Weston in what was a target Tory constituency.
“I’m thrilled,” he said, speaking after the declaration at Henbury Leisure Centre in the early hours of Friday morning (December 13).
“Coming into this campaign, we were told we were going to lose. We have bucked the trend here in Bristol North West.”
Admitting disappointment at Labour’s performance nationally, Jones declared that he will be back at work tomorrow “so that together, we can create a city, country and world that is more just and more sustainable”.
He thanked the teams that have been out canvassing the streets during the General Election campaign, as well as his wife, Lucy, and two young daughters.
The turnout in Bristol North West was 73.5 per cent, with 55,970 ballot papers returned from an electorate of 76,273.
This is marginally higher than the last two elections, with a turnout of 72 per cent in 2017 and 69 per cent in 2015.
Here are the full results:
Darren Jones (Labour): 27,330
Mark Weston (Conservative): 21,638
Chris Coleman (Lib Dem): 4,940
Heather Mack (Greens): 1,977
Darren, a vegan jazz saxophonist who grew up in Lawrence Weston, sensationally seized the seat from Conservative Charlotte Leslie in 2017, becoming the first ever Darren to be elected in to the House of Commons.
In his victory speech on election night 2019, Jones said: “No politician can ever take Bristol North West for granted and I’m grateful to each and every one of you who voted for me again at this election, whether you were a Labour voter, a Liberal Democrat voter, a Green voter or indeed a number of Conservative voters in this constituency.
“At the last election I promised to stick to my promises and to put you first, and tonight I reaffirm that promise and I promise to continue to work hard for you, to be your voice in parliament and your champion in Bristol.
“I am clearly sorry that the Labour Party has had such a devastating night across the country this evening. We must be honest in the Labour Party about why we suffered such a historic loss and failed many of my constituents and many people across the country.
“Now that I’ve been re-elected I promise to do all that I can to ensure that that doesn’t happen again in the future.”
Speaking to Bristol24/7 after the declaration, Weston said: “It was not quite my night tonight. I had a fantastic team that worked very hard.
“Winter elections are an acquired taste but I’m always willing to fight another day.”
The politician, who is the Bristol City Council Tory group leader and councillor for Henbury & Brentry, added that he will be back in the council chamber on Tuesday.
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