Damian Collins re-elected as MP
Damian Collins has kept his seat after winning with 26,323 votes, a majority of 13,797, saying it was a "very proud moment" and that he was "very humbled."
Harriet Yeo, the UKIP parliamentary candidate came second, with 12,526 votes followed by the Labour Party, who came ahead of the Lib Dems for the first time since the 1950's
Damian said he would continue with his work supporting the regeneration of Folkestone: "People really want to see the seafront regeneration scheme get to the next stage and quickly and I think they put their trust in us to do that work."
In 2006, Damian was selected as the prospective parliamentary candidate for the area and was elected in 2010 when Michael Howard, the district’s former MP of 23 years stood down.
Locally Damian is Chairman of ‘The Shed’ management committee, the centre supported by the Folkestone Youth Project. He is also chairman of the Conservative Arts & Creative Industries Network and ‘Step Short’ and President of the Channel Chamber of Commerce. Since 2012, he has also served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and was also one of the Government’s Olympic Ambassadors during London 2012.
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Damian Collins (Conservative)
Harriet Yeo (UKIP)
Claire Jeffrey (Labour)
Lynne Beaumont (Liberal Democrat)
Martin Whybrow (Green Party)
Seth Cruse (TUSC)
Rohen Kapur (Young People’s Party)
Andrew Thomas-Emans (Socialist GB)
The election results for District, Town Council alond with the by-election for the Kent County Council seat in Romney Marsh will be announced on Saturday.