General election 2010: Mandate bickering after Chelsea and Fulham result

By Kaye Wiggins

Conservative candidate Greg Hands has been elected for Chelsea and Fulham, with 24,093 votes.

His Labour rival, Alexander Hilton, won just 7,371 votes.

Speaking after the announcement, Mr Hands said: “The Conservative party has won in Chelsea and Fulham and we’ve won in the country as well.

“David Cameron has a mandate to form a government.”

He said the results announced so far indicated that this election was the biggest swing from Labour to the Conservatives since 1931.

“Across the country the result has been a disaster for the Labour party,” he said.

“They’ve lost more seats than any other Labour government in 80 years.”

Mr Hilton said the Conservatives still did not have a majority government.