Andrew gained a total of 28,591 votes, down from 32,810 at the 2010 General Election. The turnout was 64.7%, or 70,404 votes.
The Conservative has been under scrutiny for the past few months with regards to expenses, his personal life and ability. Despite this, the Island has remain loyal to Mr Turner and elected him as MP once again.
The Green Party’s Vix Lowthion received 9,404 votes securing third position in the election, whilst UKIP’S Iain McKie took second place behind Turner with 14,888 votes.
The Lib Dems have suffered a massive going from 22,283 votes in 2010 to just 5,235 in this election with candidate David Goodall.
Labour’s Stewart Blackmore received 8,984 votes seeing a growth in support of 815 compared to 2010. Independent candidate Ian Stephens, who received 3,198 votes, has lost his deposit of £500 as he did not secure 5% of the votes.
Andrew Turner first became the Island’s MP in 2001, a position he has held for 14 years and is set to hold for another 5 – although some say he will retire within 18 months. Speaking to Island Echo after his victory, Andrew said he intends to remain the Island’s MP for the full duration.
Commenting this evening, Cllr Chris Whitehouse (Con. Newport West), who organized the launch of Mr Turner’s campaign in January, says:
“The electorate have looked at the alternatives and found them wanting. Voters have done the right thing by our country, by the Island and by Andrew. He is a decent, hard-working and effective MP who has served the Island community well for many years and who will, I’m confident, continue to do so for the duration of this parliament.
“Andrew has endured the drip, drip, drip of putrid personal poison over several years. He has stood up to the failed cabal of bitter backstabbers responsible. The Island is a better place for him having had the courage to do so.”
Listen to Andrew Turner’s speech as he is returned as the Island’s MP