THE new MP for Havant said he has drawn a line under the political mudslinging of the election campaign and is getting on with the job of serving his constituents.
Conservative Alan Mak managed to increase the Tory majority in what was already one of the safest Tory seats in the country.
The 31-year-old former City lawyer achieved 51 per cent of the vote and increased the Conservative majority from 12,000 to almost 14,000.
That was despite efforts by Ukip to undermine him by going on the attack over claims he exaggerated his business and political experience on his CV.
Mr Mak strongly rebutted the allegations.
And yesterday he said he deliberately chose to avoid negative campaigning and focused on the positives, adding: ‘We weren’t distracted by any electioneering.
‘We worked hard to talk about things that were of interest to residents like schools, the economy and health services and making sure that we have a secure and prosperous future here in Havant.’
Mr Mak said his main priority now is the economy.
‘The biggest issue on the doorstep during the Havant campaign was securing the economic recovery.
‘It’s the biggest issue for me, it’s the biggest issue for working people and families across this constituency and will be my number one priority.’
He added: ‘I’m incredibly proud that the residents of Havant have put their faith in me.
‘We also won all our council seats and that is a positive tribute to the work the Conservative Party have been doing here.
‘The Conservative Party has worked really hard but, ultimately, we’ve got to work harder still.’
The close-knit Conservative campaign team were boosted by the support of young Tories who were out campaigning across the borough.
Clare Satchwell, who won the Hayling East seat, said: ‘The reason we won is because we engaged with people.
‘Our volunteers were aged 18 to 80 and they took part because they care’.