Tory delight as Lib Dem majority slashed in Berwick

CONSERVATIVE candidate Anne-Marie Trevelyan was 'thrilled' her party had dramatically slashed the Liberal Democrat majority in the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency – despite her election defeat.

While Lib Dem MP Sir Alan Beith held his seat, with 16,806 votes, his 2,690 majority was far-reduced from the 8,632 majority in 2005.

It represents a swing of 8.3 per cent from Lib Dems to Conservative.

Anne-Marie, who received 14,116 votes, said: "I am absolutely thrilled with the result. An eight per cent swing gives a real clarity to the fact that north Northumberland wants a campaigner who is focused on their needs and aspirations."

"I am not going anywhere and I will be taking up the problems and the issues that are a concern to local residents – first of all, the proposed wind turbines in the back garden of Widdrington Village."

She told the Gazette she will keep going with the campaign to dual the A1.

"I will continue to state our case for the dualling of the A1.

"If David Cameron is able to form a minority government I will be able to take our case and the evidence for the dualling of the A1 to them."

Anne-Marie congratulated Sir Alan on his victory.

She said: "I wish him well and I hope that he will continue to take on the issues that we and local residents bring to him and will actively bang on some doors of ministers to ensure we (Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency) are not forgotten."

The constituency results saw Labour candidate Alan Strickland come third with 5,061 votes, Michael Weatheritt (UKIP) fourth with 1,243 votes, and BNP candidate Peter Mailer fifth with 1,213 votes.

The turnout was 68.1 per cent which was up from 63.6 per cent at the last General Election in 2005.