May 7 2010 By James Cracknell
Nick Hurd has been re-elected for the Conservative Party to represent the new seat of Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner.
Mr Hurd won 28,866 votes to Labour candidate Anita MacDonald's 9,806 - a majority of 37.9 per cent and a significant increase on 2005's result.
Liberal Democrat Thomas Papworth, who failed to turn up at the count, was third with 8,435 votes.
In his victory speech, Mr Hurd thanked his support team and partner, Clare. He added: "My particular highlight of the campaign was Anita breaking into song during hustings!"
Ms MacDonald said she was pleased to have come second in the contest. She said: "It is great to come second as last time we were third."
Prematurely, she added: "I am chuffed with the fact that nationally we will all have to work together."
The drawn-out count for the seat was continually delayed through the night, and eventually arrived at just after 6.30am.
Talking to the Gazette after the announcement, Mr Hurd said: "I am thrilled. It is a big increased majority, a lot of people have put their faith in me."
Asked whether he thought his party would be forming the next government, he said: "I have no idea. It is hard to tell but it is now clear we will have the largest number of seats and I think Gordon Brown has lost the authority to lead the country."
# Ruby Akhtar, Christian Party: 198
# Ian Edward, National Front: 899
# Nick Hurd, Conservative: 28,866
# Graham Lee, Green Party: 740
# Anita McDonald, Labour: 9806
# Thomas Papworth, Liberal Democrat: 8435
# Jason Pontey, UK Independence Party: 1351