General Election 2019: Sir Mike Penning 'chuffed to bits' at fifth election win in Hemel Hempstead
Re-elected Hemel MP Sir Mike Penning has pledged to "end" indecision over Brexit after winning a huge majority in the early hours of this morning.
The former minister stormed to his fifth election win with 28,968 voters backing him to continue as the constituency’s MP, eclipsing Labour’s Nabila Ahmed by 14,563 votes.
Sir Mike, who has held the seat since 2005, said: “I am chuffed to bits with this result. It is a great honour to represent the people of this fantastic constituency and I am delighted to have been re-elected again – especially by such a margin.
“I thank everyone who voted for me and who helped me during this election campaign."
The MP says he will now return to Parliment and put an end to the indecision over Brexit.
"I will back Boris all the way and we will leave the EU on 31 January," he added.
“We can then get on with the things that really matter – negotiating our future relationship with Europe and honouring our election promises on the NHS, police and schools.
“Locally, I will continue to push for the new money promised for West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust to be spent on a new hospital on a new site – not wasted on a revamp of the Watford site.”
Sir Mike has transformed which was once a marginal constituency between his party and Labour into a safe Conservative seat.
Labour held the seat from 1997-2005, but have failed to mount a serious challenge in the last three elections.