General Election 2024: "Pleased" Dame Caroline Dinenage celebrates Gosport Tory seat - full results list

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Conservatives have held the Gosport constituency during an incredibly difficult night for the party which is predicted to win only 131 nationwide.

After 14 years, the country is poised for huge change as a new government will be formed by the Labour Party with Sir Keir Starmer as Prime Minister. Rishi Sunak, who held onto his Richmond and Northallerton seat, said that he will continue to represent the party as a Member of Parliament.

In a short speech, he congratulated Sir Keir Stamer for winning the election and took responsibility for his party’s loss. “There is much to learn and reflect on, and I take responsibility for the loss”, he said.

Dame Caroline Dinenage after retaining her Gosport seat at the General Election. Picture: Sarah StandingDame Caroline Dinenage after retaining her Gosport seat at the General Election. Picture: Sarah Standing
Dame Caroline Dinenage after retaining her Gosport seat at the General Election. Picture: Sarah Standing | Sarah Standing

Dame Caroline Dinenage retains her Gosport seat at the 2024 General Election. Picture: Sarah StandingDame Caroline Dinenage retains her Gosport seat at the 2024 General Election. Picture: Sarah Standing
Dame Caroline Dinenage retains her Gosport seat at the 2024 General Election. Picture: Sarah Standing | Sarah Standing

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There were no surprises in Gosport, where Dame Caroline Dinenage was re-elected with 17,830 votes. Despite the challenging times her party is facing, with strong losses like her colleague Penny Mordaunt in Portsmouth North, Dinenage kept her seat with a majority of 6,054. She told the Local Democracy Reporting Service she was “pleased” to win in a “tough” campaign in Gosport which saw Labour come second with 27 per cent of the vote and Reform UK third with 18 per cent.

Looking forward, she pledged to continue work for Gosport residents, focusing on improving the A32 motorway and medical care, such as GP and dentistry services to residents. “There are so many things that I want to achieve,” she said. “We have already made significant improvements to the transport infrastructure, but the A32 is still not working in the way I’d like it to.

“We have attracted a huge amount of investment in the Gosport peninsula, but there is more to come. I’d love to see improvements in medical care, particularly in GPs and dentistry. I’ve got a few things I’m working on that would potentially help some of those things.” She also mentioned that while many primary schools in Gosport, Lee-on-the-Solent, and Hill Head are rated “good” or “outstanding,” the secondary schools have not yet achieved that, which would be another focus point of her next stint as the town’s MP.

Full results Gosport

  • Dame Caroline Dinenage - Conservative - 17,830
  • Edward Batterbury -Labour - 11,776
  • Matt Mulliss - Reform UK - 7,983
  • Timothy Martin Bearder - Lib Dem - 4,039
  • Anthony Sudworth - Green Party - 1,948
  • Jeffrey Roberts - Independent 334
  • Lisa Englefield - Heritage Party -319
  • David Watson - Hampshire Independents - 48

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