VOTE 2017: 6am recap of Wokingham’s four seats

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A DRAMATIC election night saw one of the borough’s four parliamentary seats change hands.

While Bracknell, Maidenhead and Wokingham all returned the sitting Conservative MP, Reading East electors chose to oust Rob Wilson in favour of Labour’s Matt Rodda.

And with the outcome of the country’s vote likely to be a hung parliament, it might not be the only change coming to the country: there have been calls for Maidenhead MP Theresa May to step down.

She became Prime Minister last summer following the EU referendum result, but could become one of the country’s shortest serving leaders if she does instead leave as leader.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also called for her to resign.

He said: “The prime minister called this election because she wanted a mandate. Well the mandate she’s got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence.

“I would have thought that’s enough to go, actually, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country.”

See all the results from Wokingham borough’s four seats

Matt Rodda won the Reading East seat with a 9% swing to Labour, bringing to an end a 12-year spell for Rob Wilson.

Labour’s surge across the country continued in Wokingham, where candidate Andy Croy almost double his share of the vote on 2015: he went from 8,132 votes to 15,008 votes.

John Redwood won the seat, and also increased the share of his vote.

In Bracknell, a similar story played out: Dr Phillip Lee won for the Conservatives and increased the share of his vote, netting 32,882 votes.

In second place was Labour, whose candidate Paul Bidwell won 16,866 vote; a share of 30.2%.

The Maidenhead seat, which includes the Northern Parishes of Wokingham, saw 13 candidates stand including Lord Buckethead and the Monster Raving Loony Party.

While Theresa May won the seat comfortably, Mrs May saw her share of the vote reduce by 1.1%: she had 64.8% share and 37,718 votes.

Mrs May said, at the Maidenhead count: “At this time more than anything else, this country needs a period of stability.

“And if, as the indications have shown and if this is correct that the Conservative Party has won the most seats and probably the most votes, then it will be incumbent on us to ensure we have that period of stability – and that is exactly what we will do.”

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