Toby was returned to parliament and saw his majority leap from a slender 549 to a gargantuan 13,598 as the Lib Dems slipped from 2nd to 4th.
On Friday afternoon, it became clear that Labour had retained control of, increased their majority on, Chesterfield Borough Council as Lib Dem Group leader Ray Russell was amongst the casualties on a day of great local success for Labour.
Labour now have 38 (up 4) of the Council’s 48 seats, with the Lib Dems (down 3) on 9 and UKIP (down 1) on 1.
The joyous scenes in Chesterfield were in stark contrast to disappointment across the country as Labour were defeated in the General Election, and a Tory government returned after a last minute swing confounded predictions of a hung parliament. Toby said: “I am very grateful that people in Chesterfield and Staveley have re-elected me. I hope that the huge increase in my majority is a reflection of the hard work that I, and others have put in over the last five years.
However that victory has been overshadowed by losses elsewhere which will lead to a Tory government that I predict will be very difficult for Chesterfield and Derbyshire people. Labour must learn the lessons of our defeat, because my disappointment tonight is not mainly for my friends and colleagues in the party but for the many people whose lives will be made more difficult as a result of the election’s outcome.
We will continue to serve all people in Chesterfield and hope that their continued support in the future is matched by a more successful national outcome next time.”
Chesterfield 2015 General Election Result
TOBY PERKINS (LABOUR PARTY) 21829 47.9% (+8.9%)
Mark Vivis (Conservative) 8231 18.1% (+2.3%)
Stuart Yeowart (UKIP) 7523 165% (+13.4%)
Julia Cambridge (Lib Dem) 6301 13.8% (-24%)
Matt Genn (Green) 1352 3.0% (+1.7%)
Matt Whale (TUSC) 202 0.4%
Tommy Holgate (Peace Party) 129 0.3%
Chesterfield Borough Council Elections
Labour 38 seats, Lib Dem 9 seats, UKIP 1 seat