Bingham still has Tory MP after Newark by-election

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Bingham is still represented by a Conservative MP following the Tory victory in the Newark by-election yesterday.

Robert Jenrick polled 17,431 votes, beating UKIP’s Roger Helmer, who finished second with 10,028 votes. UKIP more than halved the previous Conservative majority of 16,000. The Lib Dems were beaten into sixth place.

Mr Jenrick, 32, a managing director at Christies, said in his victory speech last night: “I want to thank the Prime Minister for his personal support to my campaign and I want to thank the Government for its commitment to re-building Britain.

“I hope now that I can repay the faith and trust that the people of Newark have put in me as your new member of parliament - and in the months and years to come I can build a reputation as a strong and effective MP.”

Prime Minister David Cameron visited Newark four times in the weeks leading up to the by-election and also went to Bingham last week. He had breakfast at The Picture Cafe where he had his photo taken with staff (see today’s Journal) and signed their menus and his bill.