|Brentford and Isleworth Constituency|
Mary Macleod wins seat for Tories in close contest
Mary Macleod is the new Conservative MP for the Brentford and Isleworth constituency.
In a contest that was closer than many had predicted she defeated sitting MP Ann Keen with 20,022 votes. This represented a swing from Labour to the Conservatives of 6.0%
Despite controversy over expenses and the third runway the Labour candidate's vote was only marginally down on 2005. Ann Keen had been widely tipped to fall to third place in the vote.
Andrew Dakers, after running an energetic campaign will be disappointed with the Liberal Democrat's failure to at least take second place even though he increased his vote. He thanked his supporters for their backing against 'very heavily funded Labour/Tory campaigns.'
Both Liberal Democrats and Labour had alleged that Lord Ashcroft was supplying substantial financial resources to the Conservative campaign in the seat as it was one they needed to win if they were to have a chance of forming a government.
The Green Party's John Hunt saw his vote crumble and fell into 5th place behind UKIP.
Turnout in the vote was up by 11.5% compared to 2005 64.4% with 54,081 votes cast and 53,765 counted.
May 7, 2010