Charities minister Rob Wilson increases his majority in Reading East

The shadow minister Lisa Nandy and the former civil society minister Nick Hurd also won in their constituencies

Rob Wilson
Rob Wilson

The charities minister Rob Wilson has retained his seat in parliament as MP for Reading East, as have his Labour shadow Lisa Nandy and the former minister Nick Hurd.

It is not clear at this stage whether Wilson would like or is likely to retain his role as Minister for Civil Society – which he took up in September 2014 – in the long term.

Wilson won 46 per cent of the vote in Reading East, up from 42.6 per cent in 2010, defeating Matt Rodda of Labour, who took 33.1 per cent, as the Liberal Democrat share dropped from 27.4 per cent to 7.4 per cent. Wilson has been the MP for his constituency since 2005.

Nandy, who became the civil society shadow in October 2013, won 52.2 per cent of the vote in Wigan, retaining a seat she has held since 2010. Her nearest rival, Conservative Caroline Kerswell, took 20.7 per cent of the vote, while the UK Independence Party more than trebled its share of the vote to 19.5 per cent.

Hurd won 59.9 per cent of the vote in the London seat of Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, almost three times the number of votes for his nearest challenger, Michael Borio of Labour. Hurd has been the MP for the area since 2005 and was the shadow charities minister between 2008 and 2010. He took up the ministerial post after the 2010 election, before stepping down in July 2014.

Brooks Newmark, the former MP for Braintree who held the post for two months between Hurd and Wilson, resigning over a tabloid sex scandal, did not seek re-election.

Angela Evans Smith, who was Labour’s minister for the third sector for a year leading up to the 2010 election, is no longer in the House of Commons, having been made Baroness Smith of Basildon in 2010.

Smith’s predecessor Kevin Brennan, who spent eight months between 2008 and 2009 as Minister for the Third Sector before moving on to another post in the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, was again returned as the Labour MP for Cardiff West.

Brennan’s predecessor Phil Hope lost his seat in Corby in 2010; and Hope’s predecessor Ed Miliband, who was minister between 2006 and 2007, was returned as MP for Doncaster North, although he is widely tipped to stand down as leader of the Labour Party.

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