Friday, 7 May 2010

Sutton & Cheam Election Result - Liberal Democrat hold

Liberal Democrat MP Paul Burstow has held the seat of Sutton & Cheam with a redcued majority of 1,608, narrowly seeing off Conservative rival Philippa Stroud.

Paul Burstow took the seat from the Conservatives in 1997, and was returned in 2001 with an increased majority. He was re-elected in 2005 but with a reduced majority of just 2,846 after a 2% swing to the Conservatives.

Philippa Stroud had been tipped to win the seat, which was 59th on the Conservative's list of target seats, however her campaign was dealt a major blow after allegations in the Observer newspaper that she founded a church that tried to 'cure' homosexuals by 'driving out their demons', allegations which Stroud vehemently denied.

Paul Burstow Liberal Democrat - 22,156
Philippa Stroud Conservative 20,548
Kathy Allen Labour 3,376
John Clarke British National Party 1,014
David Pickles UK Independence Party 950
Peter Hickson Green 246
John Dodds English Democrats 106
Matthew Connolly Christian Peoples Alliance 52
Martin Cullip Libertarian 41
Brian Hammond Independents Federation UK 19 

Majority 1,608
Turnout 48,508 (72.8%)