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South Thanet general election results

ByKentOnline reporter

Conservative candidate Craig Mackinlay has retained his South Thanet seat, with 25,262 votes.

That's more than 6,000 votes than he gained in 2015.

Labour hopeful Raushan Ara came in second with 18,875 votes.

Mr Mackinlay said: "It's fantastic. When we first arrived the piles were building up and it was looking a little bit tight for a while but 6,387 in the end is a very reasonable majority and I'm very pleased with that.

"I never expected the CPs charges to be helpful but as it happened I think the people in Thanet have seen it, they've recognised it and they like the work I've done and they're re-elected me so I think that's a great endorsement for the work I've done."

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Kent people cast their vote today in the general election
Kent people cast their vote today in the general election

There was question whether the recent CPS charges regarding 2015 expenses would impact results.

Before the result announcement, Mr Mackinlay said: "It was a remarkable thing six days before an election.

"What more can I say about that – I know I’ve done nothing wrong.

"I did nothing wrong at all during 2015.

"It was an unfortunate decision which could have been made after the election or indeed made months before.

"It was a peculiar thing, you wouldn’t see this under normal purdah rules. It was bizarre.”

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