FAREHAM RESULT: We had a fantastic result, says Suella

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SUELLA Fernandes has has been returned as MP for Fareham after winning a huge majority.

The 37-year-old barrister has praised party volunteers for campaigning on the doorstep - helping secure her second election.

Fareham winner Suella Fernandes

Fareham winner Suella Fernandes

Speaking after securing a 21,555 majority, Ms Fernandes said: ‘It’s an honour and a privilege and very humbling to be elected by the people of Fareham with an increased share of the vote.

‘That for me is a real vote of confidence from the people of Fareham, not only the work we’ve been doing but also what Fareham Conservatives have been doing.

‘I’m very grateful and humbled.’

Labour’s Matthew Randall, 22, came second with 14,360 votes.

He said: ‘I never thought I would be stood here and I am humbled by all of those people who have voted for me in this election.’

‘It is a really positive result. I think we have doubled our votes from 2015.’

‘I am blown away by the support.’

Lib Dem Matthew Winnington won 3,896 votes, coming third.

Miles Grindey for the Greens secured 1,302 votes and Tony Blewett, for Ukip, won 1,541.

In 2015 22-year-old student Mr Grindey won 2,129 votes while the then-Ukip candidate Malcolm Jones won 8,427.

It means Ukip has dropped from second place to third in just two years.