General Election 2017: Esther McVey wins Tatton seat

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Esther McVey, the former Employment Minister, has been elected as the new MP for Tatton with 58.6% of the vote and an overall majority of 14,787. The turnout was 72.4% in what is historically a Tory stronghold.

Speaking ahead of her win the former MP for Wirral West, who lost her seat in the 2015 General Election, said she would be honoured to represent Tatton and vowed to work hard in Westminster to be a strong local voice on the issues that matter to local people.

Esther said "My priorities are be to ensure young people in Tatton get the best start in life. I will also be a champion for local businesses across the constituency and fight to ensure the protection of our beautiful countryside."

Esther McVey was up against Independent candidate Quentin Abel, Green Party candidate Nigel Hennerley, Labour candidate Sam Rushworth and Liberal Democrat candidate Gareth Wilson.

2017 General Election Results: Tatton constituency

Conservative Majority 14,487 - 58.6%, Turnout 48,092 - 72.4%

Candidate                                                  Votes          % share

Esther McVey – Conservative Party          28,764          58.6%

Sam Rushworth – Labour Party                13,977          28.5%

Gareth Wilson – Liberal Democrat Party   4,431             9%

Nigel Hennerley – Green Party                  1,024            2.1%

Quentin Abel – Independent                       920              1.9%

Esther McVey replaces George Osborne who announced in April that he was quitting as MP for Tatton after being appointed editor of the Evening Standard. He was elected in June 2001, replacing Martin Bell to become the youngest Conservative MP in the House of Commons.

Updated: Monday 12th June

Esther told "It's a great honour to be elected as the Member of Parliament for Tatton and I'm grateful that people have put their trust in me to represent them in Parliament. I will be a hard working constituency MP playing an active role in the local community."

Results for 2015 General Election

Candidate                        Party                          2015 Result

Stuart Hutton UK             Independence Party      4,871

George Osborne             Conservative                26,552

David Pinto-Duschinsky   Labour                         8,311

Tina Rothery                    Green Party                  1,714

Gareth Wilson                  Liberal Democrat          3,850

Results for 2010 General Election

Candidate                         Party                                       2015 Result
Sarah Flannery                 Independent                                  2243

Michael Gibson                The True English (Poetry) Party     298

Richard Jackson               Labour                                           7803

David Lomax                     Liberal Democrat                         10,200

George Osborne               Conservative                                24,687

Esther McVey, General Election 2017


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

David Pearce
Friday 9th June 2017 at 6:58 am
Until the election exit pole announcement it was a question of whether we would be seeing red or would the air be blue. The exit pole predictions having being confirmed with the actual result - I think we are both seeing red & the air is blue as far as reckoning where we are all now going to end up nationally! - although thankfully the smirk has been removed somewhat from the face of a certain Mr Alex Salmond
Sally Hoare
Friday 9th June 2017 at 7:34 am
Maybe she can start by looking at Lindow Cricket club as a polling station. No nearby parking or waiting. Very difficult for people with limited mobility.
Kathryn Blackburn
Friday 9th June 2017 at 7:38 am
But a very wide smirk on Osborne's. Shameful.
Roger Bagguley
Friday 9th June 2017 at 10:55 am
So pleased to read Esther will fight to protect our beautiful countryside. Not easy when the Local Plan is well advanced and with so much support from Conservative Ward Councillors. However, if she is serious, and up for the fight, she will need to have access to accurate figures that indicate a gross over allocation of housing and needless loss of green belt land. As far as Wilmslow is concerned Esther can access the most accurate housing figures available by contacting Residents of Wilmslow (RoW). These will tell her that at least two of the allocated sites are not required. Gross over allocation of green belt to both housing and employment is a feature running through this Local Plan.
Manuel Golding
Friday 9th June 2017 at 1:50 pm
Hearty congratulations to our newly elected M.P, Esther McVey.
She has intimated her concerns with the ongoing rape of not only Wilmslow's & Handforth's Green Belts by the uncaring seedy alliance of Cheshire East Council, our Conservative borough councillors and the avaricious developers. As Roger above correctly points out, Wilmslow is especially seen as a ripe target for mega profits by both the council & developers with Handforth & Alderley adding extra "flavour" for the villains to over develop the locality.
Residents of Wilmslow has, as Roger states, the bang up to date build figures but we are highly suspicious of the powers that be's "growth requirement projections" for both home & office/commercial developments. Getting straight & acceptable figures is impossible as all the Council's requirements are merely a wish list, nothing factual.
Julie Green
Friday 9th June 2017 at 3:27 pm
Regarding sympathy for saving the green belt, will she be having a close look at who the donors to the Tatton Conservatives have been for the past few years?... I doubt she'll be biting the hand that feeds....
Terry Roeves
Saturday 10th June 2017 at 9:26 am
An excellent opportunity for our town council and others across the north of the borough to tell our new MP which greenfields we want saving "to protect our beautiful countryside".
We shall see........
Manuel Golding
Saturday 10th June 2017 at 11:12 am
May I ask Julie Green just what is the point she is trying to make?
P.S. I am not one of the "donors".
Jerry Dixon
Monday 12th June 2017 at 11:14 am
A friend from the Wirral West area tells me Esther McVey was an exceptionally good constituency MP there. Let's hope we get the same, it's a service that has been very much absent over recent years in Tatton. @ Roger, I suggest rather than waiting you get in touch with her re the figures you have.
Manuel Golding
Monday 12th June 2017 at 12:23 pm
I am happily able to confirm Jerry Dixon's Wirral West friend stating Esther McVey was an exceptionally good constituency M.P. as one of my Wirral West pals was similarly only too
happy to confirm the lady was an outstanding M.P.
I'm sure Jerry's friend and my pal do not know one another but it does show how well regarded she was by a large number of her former constituents. There is no reason to think Esther will act any differently for her new Tatton constituents. I wish her well.
Mark Russell
Tuesday 13th June 2017 at 7:52 am
She was that good, she got voted out??!!!
Julie Green
Tuesday 13th June 2017 at 10:24 am
Manuel, my comment was not aimed at any individual. The point I'm making is look at the Electoral Commission's list of donors to some of the political parties, and you will see that large development companies definitely feature. I'll leave it to others to draw conclusions!
Manuel Golding
Tuesday 13th June 2017 at 10:49 am
Julie, I thank you for clearing up my misunderstanding of your original point.
I'm sorry to say that you are absolutely correct stating that the major, and not so major, building development companies make big money "donations" to major political parties. And for these "donations" they expect a happy & glorious return for their money. Rather like the free lunch, there is no such thing with these organisations as "a free donation".
We are the victims, our concerns, like ours at RoW, to over development via the Green Belt are pushed aside by our "donation grabbing" council using all sorts of spurious "projected growth" assumptions without a concern for the local infrastructure. needs and interests; they exhibit a total indifference to local disquiet.
Money, big money, sorry "donations", certainly talks big and loud.
Steve 'Buck' Taylor
Friday 16th June 2017 at 9:49 am
As Mark Russell said 'if she was that good why was she booted out' a double whammy as she was at that time on the front bench, I will wait with baited breath to see how successful she will be for us mere plebs, in the execution of her duties.
Allan Dawson
Friday 16th June 2017 at 5:08 pm
As I said before the election.."put a donkey up with a blue rosette..and it will get in"!..and lo and behold..we have a donkey!
Kiesha Humphreys
Saturday 24th June 2017 at 1:11 pm
I'm not particularly political but am becoming more so now I have a young family. I wrote to all the candidates pre election. I only received two responses one from Quentin Abel and the other Esther McVey.

Esther contacted me and suggested a meeting face to face. She spent nearly one hour with me listening to my concerns as we walked around Wilmslow. This alone was impressive but to add onto that it was actually the day before the election!

She turned up alone and seemed to me to be genuine and humble. She actually went out of her way not to be recognised. I was expecting her to turn up with an entourage.

I popped into Sainsbury's today and spoke to her again and once again was impressed.

I've read lots of negative comments about her on here and perhaps the doubters are right but only time will tell. Surely the least she deserves is a chance to prove herself before we condemn her.