General Election 2019: NE Cambs Labour, Lib Dem and Green Party candidates' reaction as Steve Barclay is re-elected

13 December, 2019 - 17:48
A picture is worth a thousand words. The hopeful candidates have their first look at Steve Barclay's huge majority win at the NE Cambs general election count. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANT

A picture is worth a thousand words. The hopeful candidates have their first look at Steve Barclay's huge majority win at the NE Cambs general election count. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANT

Harry Rutter/ARCHANT

A picture paints a thousand words - and it was just so in Wisbech last night as the faces of Labour, Lib Dem and Green party candidates reflected the agony of being on the receiving end of a Tory drubbing.

Steve Barclay takes to the stage after being re-elected. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANTSteve Barclay takes to the stage after being re-elected. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANT

Conservative Steve Barclay steamrollered his way to an extraordinary 29,993 majority as 38,423 people turned out to vote for the MP who has served the region since 2010.

Rupert Moss Eccardt of the Lib Dems said he knew Mr Barclay would win but not necessarily by such a considerable margin.

"The fact he wasn't campaigning much in the constituency indicates he was confident," said Rupert.

Rupert Moss-Eccardt adresses security issues in the UK. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANTRupert Moss-Eccardt adresses security issues in the UK. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANT

It was a bleak picture too for Labour-hopeful Diane Boyd who told me she was "pretty sad and disappointed" at the results of the exit poll.

"It's a bit of a shock and a bit sad," she said. I though our manifesto was something we could really get behind. It seems Brexit has dominated."

Boyd came in second place with 8,430 votes, Moss-Eccardt followed in third with 4,298 and Ruth Johnson of the Green Party was fourth with 1,813 votes.

Labour-hopeful Diane Boyd congratulates Steve Barclay on stage. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANTLabour-hopeful Diane Boyd congratulates Steve Barclay on stage. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANT

"I'm hugely honoured by the vote, a very clear mandate from an area that voted to leave in the referendum result," said Mr Barclay.

"I think it has sent a clear message for me to take back on their behalf to the House of Commons that they want the legislation on Brexit through.

"Both as a local MP and as Brexit Secretary, the clear message on Brexit is that the people in this area want that delivered."

Ruth Johnson watches as Steve Barclay takes to the stage. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANTRuth Johnson watches as Steve Barclay takes to the stage. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANT

Ruth Johnson got up on stage and congratulated Steve following his victory and thanked all of the election count team.

She said: "I'm very proud to stand for the second time on behalf of the Green Party; it's been a good night for us as far as we're concerned."

Diane Boyd also congratulated Steve on his win as she prepared to head back to her job as a criminal barrister on Monday (December 16).

Barclay has a first look at the results. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANTBarclay has a first look at the results. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANT

She said: "I'm really proud to have stood for Labour having never stood before. I did everything I could and I've really enjoyed getting to know the communities.

"I'm sure the constituents will go on and be served well by Steven Barclay in the coming term of year of parliament."

Rupert Moss-Eccardt took the opportunity, not to congratulate Barclay but to call-out "careless" party members in the UK.

Rupert Moss-Eccardt watches as Steve Barclay delivers his winning speech. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANTRupert Moss-Eccardt watches as Steve Barclay delivers his winning speech. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANT

He said: "This is the first election I've been at where the police have been firm about giving me safety advice and where we've had officers at the count.

"That is partly because some people in leadership positions in some parties have been one hopes only careless.

"But I feel rather more vicious about how they have used language to make things that would be unacceptable some years ago, things that are now talked about freely as if it was normal.

Diane Boyd watching the votes get counted. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANTDiane Boyd watching the votes get counted. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANT

"This has made out country poorer, our discourse poorer and has led to fractious debate."

He added: "This is not good and I feel sorry for those who have not much to lose who will lose even more as a result of what's happened leading up to tonight and what has happened tonight."

Diane Boyd watches as Steve Barclay is elected in NE Cambs. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANTDiane Boyd watches as Steve Barclay is elected in NE Cambs. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANT

A shoulder to cry on. Ruth Johnson looks upset at the exit poll results. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANTA shoulder to cry on. Ruth Johnson looks upset at the exit poll results. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANT

Ruth Johnson makes a short but sweet statement on stage. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANTRuth Johnson makes a short but sweet statement on stage. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANT

Volunteers working hard to tally the votes at the NE Cambs count in Wisbech. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANTVolunteers working hard to tally the votes at the NE Cambs count in Wisbech. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANT

Steve Barclay takes to the stage after being elected. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANTSteve Barclay takes to the stage after being elected. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANT

Cheers from the Conservative supporters after Steve Barclay's election. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANTCheers from the Conservative supporters after Steve Barclay's election. Picture: Harry Rutter/ARCHANT

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