General Election 2015: Conservative Peter Lilley holds Hitchin and Harpenden

Peter Lilley. MP for Hitchin and Harpenden.

Peter Lilley. MP for Hitchin and Harpenden. - Credit: Peter Lilley

Peter Lilley has been re-elected to the parliamentary seat of Hitchin and Harpenden.

Peter Lilley. MP for Hitchin and Harpenden.

Peter Lilley. MP for Hitchin and Harpenden. - Credit: Peter Lilley

Conservative Peter Lilley has been returned as the MP for the Hitchin and Harpenden constituency with an increased majority after polling 31,408 votes – up from 29,869 in 2010.

He said: “This is the most enjoyable campaign I have fought. I am grateful to the people of Hitchin for returning me.”

Labour’s Rachel Burgin came second with 11,433 votes – up from the 7,413 votes Labour polled in 2010.

She said: “I will feed back the issues I have encountered on the doorstep to the Labour Party.”

Mr Lilley has now been MP for Hitchin and Harpenden since 1997, and prior to that he served St Albans from 1983.

Peter Lilley was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigel Lawson (1984-1987).

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His first ministerial appointment was as economic secretary to the treasury (June 1987), then financial secretary to the treasury (July 1989).

He joined Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet as secretary of state for trade and industry in 1990-1992 before being appointed secretary of state for social security in John Major’s government between 1992-1997.

He ran for the leadership of the Conservative Party in June 1997 subsequently becoming shadow chancellor and deputy leader of the Conservative Party.

Results in full:

Rachel Burgin, Lab - 11,433

PETER LILLEY, Con - 31,408 (ELECTED)

Pauline Pearce, Lib Dem - 4,484

John Stocker, UKIP - 4,917

Richard Wise, Green - 3,053

Turnout: 72.16 per cent

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