Election result: New Forest East

Dr Julian Lewis

Dr Julian Lewis

The polarising Jewish Conservative politician Dr Julian Lewis has held his seat in New Forest East.

Dr Lewis, the shadow defence secretary, was boosted by a 3.2 per cent swing from the Liberal Democrats, despite reports from pinknews.co.uk that he had made comments suggesting that being a homosexual was "more dangerous than being in the army".

Speaking after the vote was announced, Dr Lewis said: "I am naturally delighted that we have had such a stunning victory in New Forest East tonight.

"If it turns out that the much hyped Liberal Democrat bounce turns out to be ephemeral the big losers will be the pollsters and the media that made so much of it."

Last updated: 12:38pm, May 7 2010