A former Lincolnshire county councillor for Boston has ousted the Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, from his seat in parliament in arguably the most high-profile defeat for Labour in this year’s General Election.
Andrea Jenkyns won the seat of Morley and Outwood for the Conservatives by just 422 votes, following a re-count.
She finished with 18,776 votes to Ed Balls’ 18,354, taking 39 per cent of the vote.
Ms Jenkyns was chosen as the prospective parliamentary candidate for the seat in 2013.
At that time she was a serving Lincolnshire county councillor for Boston North West and told The Standard: “It is going to be an interesting battle ahead and it is definitely going to be high profile.”
Ms Jenkyns would go on to lose her seat on the county council to UKIP in the 2013 elections.
Speaking after his defeat this morning (Friday, May 8), Ed Balls said: “Any personal disappointment I have at this result is as nothing as compared to the sense of sorrow I have at the result Labour has achieved across the UK tonight in Scotland, as well as in England and in Wales, and the sense of concern I have about the future.”
Video coverage here, from The Yorkshire Post.