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Robert Jenrick re-elected as Newark MP in 2024 General Election

After six weeks of closely fought campaigning Robert Jenrick has been re-elected as MP for Newark.

After the counting of over 53,000 ballots cast in Newark was complete the Conservative Robert Jenrick was declared the winner with 20,968 votes.

In the end is was a two horse race with Mr Jenrick beating Labour’s Saj Ahmad by 3,572 votes — with Reform coming in third place.

Robert Jenrick re-elected as Newark MP.
Robert Jenrick re-elected as Newark MP.

Mr Jenrick was first elected as Newark MP during a by-election in 2014, but his latest victory sees his majority of around 22,000 secured at the 2019 General Election slashed significantly.

During the election campaign several polls had placed the Tory in danger of losing his seat to Labour.

Despite the national tide turning in favour of Labour, this was a rare win for the Conservatives on a night of crushing defeat for the party and leaves Mr Jenrick as one of the few Tory MPs left standing in Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands.

He said: “It is clearly an extremely difficult night for the Conservative Party and a deeply disappointing result, but in that context to have won here, against the odds, against almost every poll, is a huge compliment to my team and work that they do.

“Thank you to the people of Newark and Nottinghamshire for all that you have done for me, in re-electing me in these circumstances.

“I want to ensure I continue to represent you with passion and determination in the years ahead, both locally and nationally.

“Thank you for re-electing me. Thank you for the trust and confidence placed in me and I hope that I do not let you down.”

Robert Jenrick and his Conservative team celebrate their Newark election victory.
Robert Jenrick and his Conservative team celebrate their Newark election victory.

The Liberal Democrats candidate David Watts then jokingly wished Mr Jenrick luck on his ‘leadership bid’.

The returning officer John Robinson announced the Newark results as follows:

• Michael Ackroyd (Green Party) - 2,345 votes.

• Saj Ahmad (Labour) - 17, 396 votes.

• Adrian Amer (Independent) - 809 votes.

• Matthew Darrington (English Democrats) - 156 votes.

• Lyn Galbraith (Independent) - 329 votes.

• Robert Jenrick (Conservative) - 20,968 votes

• Robert Palmer (Reform UK) - 8,280 votes.

• Collan Siddique (Workers Party of Britain) - 150 votes.

• David Watts (Liberal Democrats) - 3,026 votes.

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