The town’s two Conservative MPs are celebrating after not only keeping hold of their seats but increasing their majorities.
Justin Tomlinson and Robert Buckland held their seats in Swindon North and South respectively – both increasing their majorities. This comes after a hard-fought campaign by Labour and Tories in Swindon which saw high profile visits from both parties in the town, including Prime Minister David Cameron launching the Conservative Party manifesto at UTC Swindon in April.
Swindon hit the national headlines when Justin Tomlinson won the first Tory seat of the night when he was announced the clear winner just before 12.30am. The result came so swiftly that his chief rival Mark Dempsey turned up at the Oasis seconds after the outcome was announced and his fate sealed. The town was name checked by BBC television which said the Swindon Council had been to the north east to find out how Sunderland is always one of the first to announce general election results.
Richard Wintle of Calyx captures the scene on election night at the Oasis Leisure Centre with, top, Robert Buckland, left, celebrating solid victories with Justin Tomlinson