Night of high drama at General Election counts across Cumbria

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One of the election counts
One of the election counts

At times it was a night of high drama as Cumbria's political landscape was shaken - though not radically changed - by a remarkable General Election.

The six Cumbrian candidates who had battled to regain their seats were returned - but in some cases they were made to sweat at their counts.

Tim Farron, who leads the Liberal Democrats, had an almighty shock in Westmorland and Lonsdale as his 8,949 majority from 2015 was slashed to just 777 by Conservative rival James Airey.

And in Barrow and Furness, Labour's John Woodcock - widely tipped to lose his seat - pipped his Tory rival Simon Fell by the smallest of margins - 209 votes. Mr Woodcock polled 22,592 votes and Mr Fell 22,383.

Conservative John Stevenson was voted into Westminster for the third time after edging out Labour's Ruth Alcroft. He was backed by 21,472 voters and his main rival by 18,873.

Tory Trudy Harrison - who won the Copeland seat at a by-election in February - again saw off Labour's Gillian Troughton, this time by 21,062 votes to 19,367.

Sue Hayman amassed 21,317 votes to see off Conservative Clark Vasey, who picked up 17,392, in Workington.

There were, however, no surprises in the Tory stronghold of Penrith and The Border.

His majority may have been reduced but Rory Stewart - 28,078 votes - was emphatically returned to Westminster ahead of Lola McEvoy, who polled 12,168 votes. The shape of the future government remained uncertain as Theresa May woke to the shock realisation that her party had failed to win an outright majority.

Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn's grip on power strengthened Labour saw its share of Parliamentary seats rise to 261.

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tap   loader , carlisle Friday, 09 June, 2017 at 3:35PM
Time to walk the plank Mr.Farron,go on,you know you need to.
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Ang   Gen , Cumbria Friday, 09 June, 2017 at 10:48AM
Why no mention of UKIP? I know there were some votes for Fiona Mills?
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local resident   , Carlisle Monday, 12 June, 2017 at 2:31PM
Probably not worth mentioning it woud be embarrassing for her
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