Bill Esterson regains Sefton Central seat with over 32,000 votes
Bill Esterson has been re-elected MP for Sefton Central
The Labour MP had previously held the seat for seven years - since its creation in 2010 - and won the seat back with a bigger majority than ever (63% of the vote)
Turnout for Sefton Central was 75.7%, an increase of 3.3% in 2015.
Bill Esterson received 32,830 votes; Jade Marsden (Conservative) 17,212; Dan Lewis (Liberal Democrats) 1,381 and Mike Carter (Greens) 653.
Speaking after the result was announced, MP Esterson said: "It is an enormous privilege to be elected as the Member of Parliament for Sefton Central; to go to London to represent this fantastic constituency, these incredible people, in the House of Commons.
"And I'm delighted to have been re-elected with an increased vote and vote share"
"I think, today, what we have seen is the result of my party, the Labour party, standing on a bold and radical manifesto."
"People of this constituency and further afield have been engaged by that approach, in a way we haven't seen in many years."
"People have told me they have voted today for the first time in their lives. Some of them in their fifties and sixties."
"Today we have seen what a change in politics can do. And I think it's a very hopeful and optimistic lesson"