Conservatives hold Erewash

Maggie Throup and Jessica Lee

Maggie Throup and Jessica Lee

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Conservative Maggie Throup says she hopes to build on the ‘good work’ from outgoing Conservative MP Jessica Lee after securing a convincing Tory win in the Erewash constituency.

The Conservative candidate beat Labour’s Catherine Atkinson by more than 3,500 votes, with UKIP coming in a firm third.

Overall Ms Throup (pictured right) received 20,636 votes, compared to Labour’s 17,052.

UKIP beat the Lib Dems into fourth place in the swing constituency with 7,792 votes to 1,658. The Green Party came a close fifth with 1,184.

The new Erewash MP said she was ‘over the moon with the decision’ and repeated her commitment to getting a train station for Ilkeston and to bringing HS2 to the East Midlands.

Jessica Lee (left) was elected to Parliament in the 2010 General Election, and was made Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Attorney General, but announced her decision to step down last year.