General election 2010: Tories beat Labour in Milton Keynes South

Labour wins Milton Keynes South
Labour wins Milton Keynes South

By Sabine Klensch

Milton Keynes South has given the Conservatives another gain from Labour, bringing David Cameron closer to being able to control a minority administration.

The Conservative candidate Iain Stewart gained the newly formed seat of Milton Keynes South with a majority of 5,201 votes and a share of 41.6% over, Labour's Phyllis Starkey, who won 32.2% of the votes.

With a relatively high voter's turnout of over 61%, predictions for the outcome were extremely tight between Labour and Tories for one of the top Conservative targets in the country.

The former seat of Milton Keynes was a Labour hold in 2005, with Labour holding 40.8% of the share versus 37.8% for the Conservatives.

The constituency contains less well-off and more Labour-favouring parts as well as rural areas.

The Tory win comes as a surprise to some extent, although some predictions were pointing towards a Tory gain. It shows once again how this is one of the most unpredictable UK general election for decades.

The Conservatives are experiencing a better morning after the long election night - but remain short of the 326-seat finish line.


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