Election 2015: Tory rising star Oliver Dowden wins comfortably in Hertsmere


Oliver Dowden has retained Hertsmere for the Conservatives, winning 29,696 votes, 18,461 more than Labour candidate Richard Butler.

This represents a small increase of 855 votes in the Conservatives' majority in the safe Tory seat.

David Cameron’s former deputy chief of staff replaces the retiring James Clappison, who served as MP for the Hertfordshire constituency for 23 years with consistent five-figure majorities.

As one of Mr Cameron's leading advisers, Mr Dowden helped to develop policy, organised briefings and monitored domestic issues. He will now enter parliament for the first time.

Former Borehamwood Labour councillor Frank Ward ran for Ukip, winning 6,383 votes, while Liberal Democrat candidate Sophie Bowler - who works in anti-money laundering - held on to her deposit with 2,777 votes.

Hertsmere, the fastest-growing Jewish area in Britain, has been a Tory stronghold ever since the constituency was created in 1983.

Mr Dowden, 36, will represent the third-most Jewish constituency in Britain, with members of the community making up 14.3 per cent of Hertsmere’s population.

The married father-of-two was born and raised in Hertfordshire, and placed local issues such as protecting the countryside and improving transport links at the heart of his campaign.

A Cambridge graduate before working as a lawyer, he began his political ascent in the party's research unit under Michael Howard's leadership ahead of the 2005 election.

Voter turnout in the constituency was 68.3 per cent, up from 65 per cent in 2010.

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