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Election 2015: How the industry insiders fared

Last Month, Construction News spoke to six prospective MPs with links to the industry, representing views from across the political spectrum.

Here, we take a look at how they fared on a dramatic night.

Steve Rotheram - Labour - Liverpool Walton

Labour’s Steve Rotheram was the only candidate of the six who will return to Westminster as an MP.

The former apprentice bricklayer comfortably retained the safe Labour seat of Liverpool Walton, polling over 81 per cent of the vote.

Mr Rotheram bucked the national trend by increasing the local Labour vote by 9 per cent.

Alexander Burnett - Conservative - Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine

Multiple business-owner Alexander Burnett held the Conservative share of the vote in Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine but was unable to hold back the SNP surge.

Mr Burnett came second in the constituency, polling 28.8 per cent of the vote and beating Lib Dem Robert Smith into third place.

The SNP’s Stuart Donaldson took the seat after increasing the party’s vote by 25.9 per cent.

Dave Naghi - Lib Dem - Faversham and Mid Kent

Dave Naghi was a victim of a chastening night for the Lib Dems but did not see his share of the vote decline by as much as some of his peers.

The painter and decorator trailed in fourth in Faversham and Mid Kent, polling just over 3,000 votes and, unlike many in his party, retaining his deposit.

Conservative incumbent Helen Whately held the seat with 54.4 per cent of the vote.

Peter Staveley - Ukip - Croydon Central

Ukip’s Peter Staveley was a distant third in Croydon Central but increased his party’s vote share by 7.1 per cent.

Mr Staveley, who told Construction News that he would target a seat in the London Assembly at next year’s local election, polled just under 5,000 votes.

In one of the tightest contests across the nation, Tory Gavin Barwell held off a challenge from Labour to win by just over 1,000 votes.

Tom Chance – Green Party – Lewisham West and Penge

Tom Chance was another of our featured candidates who had a decent night at the polls.

The Green Party’s housing spokesman won 8.5 per cent of the vote in Lewisham West & Penge, but lost out to incumbent Labour MP Jim Dowd.

Nicholas Ward – Independent – Westminster North

Independent candidate Nicholas Ward, who was standing on an anti-HS2 platform, barely troubled the counters in Westminster North.

Mr Ward took just 63 votes and finished in seventh and last place.

The seat was held by Labour’s former shadow education minister Karen Buck.

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