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Gloucester election result - Richard Graham wins for the Conservatives

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: May 07, 2010

Richard Graham with his wife Anthea and daughter Kitty

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​GLOUCESTER has a new MP after Conservative candidate Richard Graham defeated Labour’s Parmjit Dhanda by more than 2,000 votes.

The result was declared at 5.45am after a long and tense night at the count at the Oxstalls Tennis Centre at Plock Court.

Mr Graham has pledged to make the city’s regeneration, bed cuts at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, and education in the city his top three priorities.

Mr Dhanda said it had been an honour to serve the city as MP for the last nine years.

Mr Graham polled a total of 20,267 votes, 40% of all ballots cast, while Mr Dhanda polled 17,847, or 35%.

It was a disappointing night for Liberal Democrat candidate Jeremy Hilton, who trailed in third with 9,767 votes.

Mr Graham, speaking directly after the results were announced, said: “Gloucester has voted decisively for change, and since the way we vote normally reflects the way the country votes, I hope we will have a new Government and a new Prime Minister in David Cameron.”

He thanked his supporters, and his wife, for her support during the three and a half years since his candidacy was announced.

He also paid tribute to Mr Dhanda, saying: “Let us all be aware that being an MP is not easy, especially during the worst recession we have seen for many years.

“I want to thank Mr Dhanda for his hard work for Gloucester, and wish him wellfor his future back in London.

“You are still young, and we will hear much more of you in the future.”

He added: “I promise you today that our city is my cause, and I will work with everyone here to make our city better, and to use our resources to ensure we create a better future for Gloucester.”

Mr Dhanda addressed the hall, saying: “I congratulate my successor and all the candidates in what has been a fun election.”

He added: “When you come into politics, your aim has to be that when you leave, what you leave behind is better and in a stronger position than when you arrived.

“Nine years down the road even my worst detractors would have to say this city has improved immeasurably.

“I am proud of that, and the vast majority of people who live in the city should be proud of that too.”

Mr Dhanda also said he would not be leaving Gloucester, saying: “Richard may wish for me to go back to London, but Gloucester is home for me, it is where my children were born, and it’s where I live and feel at home.”

Speaking after the count, Richard Graham said: “It is very exciting, I am delighted my campaign made people vote for me, we have had people working non-stop.

“There is a large amount of things to do. I want to review the city’s regeneration, especially the railway triangle, which seems to have stagnated.

“I also want to review the proposed cuts to beds at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Richard Graham (C) 20,267 (39.92%)

Parmjit Dhanda (Lab) 17,847 (35.16%)

Jeremy Hilton (LD) 9,767 (19.24%)

Mike Smith (UKIP) 1,808 (3.56%)

Alan Platt (Eng Dem) 564 (1.11%)

Bryan Meloy (Green) 511 (1.01%)

Con maj 2,420 (4.77%)

Notional 8.86% swing Lab to Con

8.86% boundary change

Electorate 79,322; Turnout 50,764 (64.00%)

2005 notional: Lab maj 6,063 (12.95%) – Turnout 46,821 (62.50%)

Lab 22,289 (47.60%); C 16,226 (34.66%); LD 6,409 (13.69%); UKIP 1,116

(2.38%); Green 781 (1.67%)

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    alienlifeform, planetyoucouldntmakeitup  |  May 11 2010, 9:15AM

    Heard about the new craze in footwear? No, not clogs, Cleggs. They're like a flip flop, but not as comfortable!

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    Joe K, Barton & Tredworth  |  May 10 2010, 9:37PM

    'Our quarrel seemed to be over whether victory in the election equalled victory in achieving a government victory' - Joe K, Barton & Tredworth I was sure I deleted the word 'victory' after 'government', when I rearranged the sentence, but apparently I didn't...

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    Quedgeley Guy, Quedgeley  |  May 10 2010, 7:33PM

    There I go again Kay. I have I small time zone for memory,smaller than this silly little window that I have to use glasses to read into.

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    Quedgeley Guy, Quedgeley  |  May 10 2010, 7:30PM

    I agree with you Kate . I made a faux pas by expressing myself badly when I meant that they didn't have an overall majority. Please accept my apology if I offended you. There seems to have been a lot of foot insertions into mouths this last week. Especially by our Political Betters (and I'm not suggesting that they are better than the voters,just better at sticking their feet into embarrasing situations) ;)

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    Kay Powell, Tredworth  |  May 10 2010, 5:08PM

    Quedgeley Guy, Yesterday you stated: "Also I don't agree that the Tories have the greatest number of seats..." You wrote that. I didn't. Therefore, my criticism is correct.

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    Joe K, Barton & Tredworth  |  May 10 2010, 1:19PM

    :) My apologies if I over-stated your case, Quedgeley Guy. Our quarrel seemed to be over whether victory in the election equalled victory in achieving a government victory, and I would never claim that the result gave Cameron the keys to No. 10. It's another quirk of our system that just a few more seats would have had the Tories claiming a mandate, whereas now they obviously have to pay heed to other parties. It would be lovely if they would do that anyway, but the adversarial nature of politics prevents that. Funny, but whereas our justice system is adversarial, in Scotland it's inquisitorial, with everyone trying to get to the truth, rather than 'beat' the accused (albeit he/she will still be punished if found guilty). I want the truth too, even if it puts people's noses out of joint. 'Course, I may not be able to handle the truth...

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    Quedgeley Guy, Quedgely  |  May 10 2010, 12:36PM

    Now who's not only quibbling but trying to ascribe to me things that I have not actually said,Joe? I'll admit to some success for the Tories as they are in the best position to achieve Government but they need to not only do it properly but be seen to do it properly. DC has yet to understand that Politics is all about Compromise and he not only objects to compromise but is,like Nick Clegg,one wrong step away from being a liar. He's promised change yet is unwilling to change on the most wanted thing by the majority of Voters,of all hues. Electoral Reform. Nick Clegg is in the same leaky boat and if he strikes a deal by abandoning his promise to not align the Lib-Dems with anyone without some form of PR,then he to stands to be rightly called a liar. What You or I say is not going to make any difference to any of the Party leaders and what would help is a result,good or bad,from these protracted discussions between our Party leaders. I'll put something to you that you may well nod your head at,Joe. This country's ambitions and well being comes before all the personal ambitions and well being of all the MPs in Westminster (and other places). I'd like to put a little (humourous) analogy to you concerning the whole shooting match but don't tell anybody. Some Days I feel like the Dog,other Days I feel like the Tree. ;)

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    Joe K, Barton & Tredworth  |  May 10 2010, 11:27AM

    'Joe K. I don't do quibble,I leave that to those on a sticky wicket,like DC and the Conservative Party. Also I don't agree that the Tories have the greatest number of seats and I most certainly do not agree that DC has won. The other Parties have stopped him in his tracks. Can you not see that if DC had the most seats,he'd be in power now,but he's a few short' - Quedgeley Guy, Quedgeley Well, I'd just be repeating myself if I argued the distinction between winning an election and securing a government again, so you keep denying the Tories any kind of success whatsoever.

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    Quedgeley Guy, Quedgeley  |  May 10 2010, 10:15AM

    Kay,from your comment: ' he needs some of the other non-Conservative MPs to back him so that he has an overall majority'. I've already stated that and it's the basis of my whole argument against DC's attempt to bypass established procedure. John,I don't know what you've been reading. Is it The Beano ? Try looking up History of British Parliament. I'll add another observation that nobody has mentioned. Gordon Brown is not going to leave Downing Street until some form of Electoral Change is agreed as part of handing over the key of the door. Whatever else you think of Gordon Brown,he has to be the only true Statesman in the Scene.

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    ray, cheltenham  |  May 10 2010, 8:57AM

    Martin think obout this a large amount of socialist voted for you to make sure the Tories were kept out if you are now going to get into bed with these said Tories you are going to lose a lot of votes next time