In the shadow of an overall UK majority of blue in this year’s general election, Labour’s red still shines through in Mansfield as Sir Alan Meale is re-elected for the seventh time.
David Cameron and the Conservative party may have won an outright national victory but the Labour party remained triumphant in the Mansfield district of Nottinghamshire.
The long-serving MP said he was nervous before the result was announced at 6.45am this morning. However, the reaction to Sir Alan’s re-election suggests that support for labour is as strong as ever in Mansfield.
”It is remarkable and humbling to have been elected again.”
Although opinion polls had predicted that growing support for the UK Independence Party in the area could take votes away from Labour, Sir Alan Meale comfortably won his seat with 18,603 votes and a majority of more than 5,300.
UKIP candidate Sid Pepper polled 11,850 votes coming third behind the Conservative candidate who polled 13,288 votes.
”The Conservatives have made strides in Mansfield.”
The Tory runner Andrea Clarke said that she was still pleased to have come in second place and that her campaigning has paid off.
Both green and yellow trailed behind as Paul Frost for the Green Party gained 1,486 votes and The Liberal Democrat candidate Tony Rogers was just ahead with 1,642 votes, although he was not present at the announcement.
However, there was a higher turnout of Mansfield voters this year with 61.1% of the 80,069 strong electorate casting their vote, compared with 60.44% back in the 2010 general election.
Mansfield has a history of staunch Labour support, which Sir Alan Meale has been a part of since he was first elected in 1987. He has now served as Mansfield’s MP for 28 years across seven consecutive general elections.
Voters also filled in a ballot paper to decide on their local district councillor and their Mayor. A full list of candidates can be found on the Mansfield District Council website. The results are expected within the next 48 hours.