CONSERVATIVE MP, Jesse Norman, has retained his seat in Hereford and South Herefordshire despite Labour landslide election. 

After the polling stations closed, the exit polls made bleak reading for the Conservative party, but it did suggest Mr. Norman was on course to keep his seat in the House of Commons.  

Mr Norman achieved 14,871 votes to hold Hereford and South Herefordshire narrowly beating Labour candidate, Joe Emmett.  

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On re-election he said: “If I think of the issues that have been raised across the county. The state of the roads, the state of the river (and) the state of our children’s services, there are so many areas where we need to continue to make progress locally as well as nationally. 

“I could not be more proud of the work we’ve done in this county over the last 14 years” 

Ballots arrived in Hereford only a few minutes after polls closed and the count was underway very promptly due to the hard-working runners processing all ballot boxes upon arrival. 

A 63.3 per cent turnout was confirmed by the returning officer which was significantly down from the 68.9 per cent from the 2019 election. 

Mr Norman will be operating as a member of the opposition for the first time. He said: “We will do everything we can, collectively, to represent this county with the new government as effectively as we possibly can.”