Election result: Kensington

Malcolm Rifkind

Malcolm Rifkind

Former Conservative Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind has held his Kensington seat with a comprehensive victory.

He received more than half the votes polled. His 17,595 votes provided a majority of 8,616 and a swing of 5.2 per cent from Labour to the Conservatives.

Sir Malcolm is a former multiple Secretary of State, having held cabinet roles for Scotland, Transport and Defence before moving to the Foreign Office in John Major’s administration.

After losing his Edinburgh Pentlands seat in the 1997 Labour landslide he returned to Westminster to represent Kensington and Chelsea in 2005.

He is a member of Conservative Friends of Israel, patron of the Wiener Library and a former JC columnist. Sir Malcolm is also a member of Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation.

Labour’s Sam Gurney was second with 8,979 votes and the Lib Dems’ Robin Meltzer third after receiving 6,872 votes.

Last updated: 3:13pm, May 7 2010