Richard Benyon has been re-elected as the MP for Newbury for a fourth time after a convincing win in the general election this morning.
He polled 37,399 votes – more than 2,000 more than in 2015 – to comfortably beat Liberal Democrat challenger Judith Bunting.
Mrs Bunting and Labour candidate Alex Skirvin both increased their votes significantly. Paul Field was fourth for the Greens and Apolitical David Yates in fifth.
But it was a dominant night in Newbury for the Tories, after they also picked up the West Berkshire Council and Thatcham Town Council by-election wins for Thatcham South and Crookham.
Mr Benyon said: “This is an extraordinary result for us in West Berkshire and is a huge achievement by my wonderful team of supporters.
“I want to work with everybody, regardless of how they voted or if they didn’t vote at all, to try and make sure we get the best deal for West Berkshire in the uncertain times as we go ahead towards Brexit and the uncertain future we face.
“I’m thrilled by the result, and I give myself entirely to every person in West Berkshire to try and make sure they get the benefits from one of the greatest countries and one of the greatest parts of that country we’re lucky enough to live in.”
Newbury parliamentary seat
Richard Benyon (Conservative) – 37,399
Judith Bunting (Liberal Democrat) – 13,019
Alex Skirvin (Labour) – 8,596
Paul Field (Green) – 1,531
David Yates (Apolitical) – 304
West Berkshire Council by-election
Jason Collis (Conservative) – 1,823
Owen Jeffery (Liberal Democrat) – 822
Steve Masters (Green) – 519
Nick East (Labour) – 505
Thatcham Town Council by-election
Dan Carter (Conservative) – 1,770
Jamie Read (Liberal Democrat) – 766
Paul Field (Green) – 689
John Hill (Labour) – 486