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General election: South East Cambs MP Lucy Frazer says she feels ‘honoured and extremely excited’

By ElyWeeklyNews  |  Posted: May 08, 2015

A victorious Lucy Frazer.

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Loud cheers filled the room as it was announced the Conservatives had held the seat in South East Cambridgeshire.

Cambridge University graduate and former barrister, Lucy Frazer, won the public vote and will replace Sir Jim Paice, who has represented the constituency since 1987. It was in March 2013 that Jim announced he would be standing down.

Mrs Frazer was surrounded by friends, colleagues and family, including husband, David, and children, Jacob, 9, and Mia, 7, as it was declared she had won the seat with a whopping 28,845 votes.

Liberal Democrat candidate Jonathan Chatfield won 12,008 votes, Labour candidate Huw Jones achieved 9,013 votes, Deborah Rennie, representing UKIP, won 6,593 votes and Green Party candidate Clive Semmens achieved 3,047 votes.

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The turnout for the constituency was 69.87 per cent – up slightly from 69.51 per cent at the last general election in 2010. This year there were 203 spoiled papers; last year there were 122.

The result was announced at the Ross Peers Sports Centre in Soham just after 6.30am – more than eight hours after verification started.

Speaking to the News, Mrs Frazer, who will be living in both Snailwell and London, said: "I feel honoured and extremely excited to have won, and I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me.

"This area has so much more potential and I'm looking forward to getting down to business so that we can continue to unlock that potential.

"I'm aware there's some hard work ahead of me but I'm certainly not afraid of that."

Mrs Frazer's journey to becoming MP has not been the smoothest. Last January, she was rocked by claims that she was wrongly announced as the winner of the parliamentary selection primary.

Activists claimed that ballots for Heidi Allen were incorrectly allocated to Mrs Frazer, and they called for a re-count.

But Conservatives denied any errors and Mrs Frazer went ahead to stand while Conservative Ms Allen went on to stand for the South Cambridgeshire seat, which she won.

When asked what the five main areas she will be focussing on first in the consituency are, she said to ensure the Ely Southern Bypass project remains on track, to continue to campaign for fairer funding for schools, to continue to develop and promote initiatives for local businesses, to continue to listen to people and what they want and to help support parents with children with additional needs.

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