Nick Hurd increases his majority on a night of mixed fortunes for third sector stalwarts

Jenny Willott and Kevin Brennan retain their seats with reduced majorities, and Phil Hope loses in Corby

Nick Hurd
Nick Hurd

Election night brought mixed fortunes for former third sector ministers and the opposition parties' spokespeople on the sector.

Conservative shadow charities minister Nick Hurd strengthened his hold on the north-west London constituency of Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, increasing his share of the vote by 2.8 per cent on 2005. The rise in support handed Hurd a massive majority of 19,060 over Labour.

Jenny Willott, the Liberal Democrat charities spokeswoman, also held her seat of Cardiff Central, but with a reduced majority. Her share of the vote plunged by 8.4 per cent, leaving her with a majority of 4,576 over Labour.

Former third sector minister Kevin Brennan experienced a similar night in the neighbouring constituency of Cardiff West. Conservative gains trimmed his share of the vote by 3.6 per cent, leaving him with a majority of 4,750.

But election night brought bad news for Phil Hope, Brennan's predecessor as third sector minister, who lost the seat of Corby to Conservative candidate and author Louise Bagshawe by 1,951 votes. Hope had held the Midlands seat since 1997.

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